April 09, 2008
This little milestone may be of interest only to me, but I’m kind of amazed to be writing my 1,000th post on this blog. In the 969 days since I’ve started this journey, quite a lot has gone down. Needless to say, if you weren’t reading this, I wouldn’t bother writing it, so thanks for all the encouragement. I’ve felt like looking back over the effort to date & thought it would be fun to dig up some of the meatier posts.
Since August 2005 I’ve gotten to announce an unprecedented public beta of Photoshop; introduce Lightroom (twice); welcome a competitor and lots of new friends; mourn the loss of others; fan and then help defuse controversy; celebrate new integration; share some tips (e.g. Photoshop Text; Killer B&W); momentarily crack the TechMeme Leaderboard; and more. Oh, and somehow in there I became the #1 search term for "cs3 serials," giving me a chance to throw Yiddish & Spanish at pirates ;-).
I’m proudest of getting to share some perspective on the challenges of developing Photoshop, hopefully giving some insight into the problems we wrestle every day (which are, of course, what make the job fun). I’ve gotten to wax on many times about the sheer size of Photoshop & what it means we must do:
- Photoshop, as seen through Johnny Cash (with follow-up/clarification)
- Simplicity vs. Power in Photoshop
- Photoshop & "The Paradox of Choice"
- Get lean. Stay hungry.
- Psst–wanna see Photoshop 15?
Somewhat related, I’ve tried to illuminate reasons why [cue the Stones' choir] You Can’t Always Get What You (Think You) Want:
With the help of some friends, I’ve gotten to to share some techier bits:
- What’s the story with Photoshop & multi-core?
- Is Photoshop CS3 a 64-bit app?
- Tuning Photoshop for peak performance
Readers have provided timely, concrete feedback on some specific ideas (e.g. User-powered help and kuler inside Photoshop), providing data we can use to push to get things built. You’ve offered a wealth of opinions on how to move applications forward:
- Photoshop + Fireworks: Where to from here?
- FreeHand no longer updated; moving to Illustrator
- Iconfactory talks, Illustrator listens
And then periodically I get to muse a little aloud:
- Trilobites & Kilobytes (on the impermanence of digital bits)
- How far would you go to get the shot?
- "Most of your pictures suck"
- Genericide: Xeroxing "Photoshop"
- lol i can yoose photoshop
That’s probably more than enough nostalgia for one evening, so I’ll wrap it up. Thanks again for having me. Feedback on where you’d like to see all this go is always welcome.