February 03, 2014

** Announcing a big change: I’m going to Google.

After nearly 14 terrific years at Adobe, it’s time for me to open a different chapter of my life, and next week I’ll be joining Google’s digital photography team.

I’m feeling a crazy mixture of emotions right now. Adobe has been & remains so dear to my heart—I mean, I’m literally made of Adobe icons, right? My wife (whom I met on a customer visit—of course I did!) works here, as do more great friends & colleagues than I’d have any business asking for. All around me I see exciting progress, and I’m dying for you to see what teams are cooking up.

So, why make this move?

Merlin Mann once asked me, “What do you want ten times more of?” I knew the answer: Impact. I’m so proud of the impact I’ve had at Adobe. From Smart Objects to Photoshop’s first-ever public beta* to countless little tweaks over the years (“I swear because I care!!”), I’m proud of that legacy. Now, though, I’ll get a chance to work on some new projects. It’s about doing something very different from, and I think complementary to**, the work I’ve done at Adobe.

So is this goodbye? Not at all. You’ll still be hearing from me on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+***. It’s a small industry, so don’t get excited: you’re not rid of me yet. :-)

What about this blog? I hope to post through Friday, and I’ll try to wrap things up properly so you’ll know when it’s going quiet. (God, just typing that makes my screen go blurry…) The blog has been a labor of love (more than 4,200 posts & 33,000 comments over 8.5 years), and I find feedback & insights from readers invaluable in doing my job. Thank you so, so much for reading & often writing here.

Amazingly I have ~120 draft posts I’ve never quite gotten out the door, and while I won’t subject you to all of those, I’ll share what time permits. Beyond that, if you need anything or have any questions, please ask away. And I’m easy to reach outside of work: I’m my firstname.lastname@gmail.com.

I want to tell you—and I say this with all the sincerity in my body—thank you for giving me such an honor & privilege of making products for you for so long.


“‘Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.’—Goethe” I quoted back then, and I repeat it to myself now.

** Adobe & Google have enjoyed great collaboration for years, and I hope to take that even further. There’s so much we can all do to help photographers & storytellers of every sort.

*** I’m even giving thought to continuing a version of the blog via jnack.com. Once you put on these red shoes, you can’t stop dancing…

Posted by John Nack at 10:08 AM on February 03, 2014


  • Brian Matiash — 10:19 AM on February 03, 2014

    W00t! I’m sooooo happy that you’re joining the team! Congratulations! Looking forward to clinking some glasses soon!

    [Twist my arm, Brian. :-) And thanks! –J.]

  • Aravind Krishnaswamy — 10:19 AM on February 03, 2014

    Welcome to Google Photos John!

    [Thanks, Aravind! It’ll be great to get a bit of the band back together. (Can we expense a self-driving Bluesmobile?) –J.]

  • Sherry London — 10:20 AM on February 03, 2014

    John, I wish you all the very best of luck! I’ve probably known you for most of those 14 years since I met you in Boston at an Adobe event to introduce a Flash-like product whose name I no longer remember (grin).

    [LiveMotion wasn’t Flash-like!! ;-> –J.]

    You have given to all of us Adobe-holics so much that is amazing over the years. I’m anxious to see your next act!

    [Thanks so much, Sherry. –J.]

    • Sherry London — 11:54 AM on February 03, 2014

      John, I am getting very old at this point! Please forgive an old lady’s bad memory (grin). No, it wasn’t Flash like as I think about it. It would have been a lot better!


  • Trevor Morris — 10:21 AM on February 03, 2014

    WoW! And a huge congrats, John. I wish you (and your family) nothing but the best. It’s been fun, and I hope our paths cross again.

    [Thanks, Trevor! Me too. –J.]

  • Jim Goldstein — 10:29 AM on February 03, 2014

    John I’ve read your blog from nearly the beginning. It’ll be sad to see the blog go into hiatus, but I know the great stories, insights and info you share will still find its way out through your other accounts. Congrats on the new position!!!

    PS definitely keep the blog going somewhere.

    [Thanks, Jim! It’s been a pleasure getting to know you a bit. I look forward to having our mini-mes meet in person. –J.]

  • Victoria Bampton — 10:29 AM on February 03, 2014

    Wow, that’s a huge move John. Congratulations, but we’ll miss you.

    [Thanks, Victoria, and thanks for all you do on behalf of photographers. –J.]

  • Barry Young — 10:34 AM on February 03, 2014

    Sorry to see you go, John. Thank you for all your efforts on this blog over the years.


    [Thanks, Barry. It’s been my honor to help talk about the great work you & the team do. –J.]

  • Mordy Golding — 10:35 AM on February 03, 2014

    My first thought was “you’re going to Google WHAT?” as in “I’m going to Google South Bend lake-effect snow” or something. Then I realized you weren’t referring to Google as a Verb, but as a Noun.

    [Heh heh; I never was much of a writer… –J.]

    Wow. Good luck man! Tear it up!

    [Thanks, my friend. –J.]

  • michael jahn — 10:38 AM on February 03, 2014

    Congratulations John !

    [Thanks, Michael! I look forward to inducing more kid-photoshopping (er, digital photo manipulation) from you in the future. –J.]

  • Kevin Stohlmeyer — 10:40 AM on February 03, 2014

    Good luck and God bless. And you’d better keep in touch! :)

    [Thanks, Kevin! I doubt I could do otherwise, no matter what I tried. –J.]

  • Doug Nelson — 10:42 AM on February 03, 2014


    But I hope you don’t abandon blogging. You have a unique voice and perspective that would be missed.

    [Thanks, Doug. And thanks for all your thoughtful insights over the years. That’s the lifeblood of product development. –J.]

  • Kat Gilbert — 10:50 AM on February 03, 2014

    Boy, am I going to miss seeing you name in my email which, of course, I open immediately as I know there are bits of info I will only get from you… You will be greatly missed but happy for you and the new adventure. So I will look for you on FB and Twitter but it won’t be the same!

    [Thanks, Kat! That’s awfully nice to hear. –J.]

  • PECourtejoie — 10:50 AM on February 03, 2014

    I’m glad and sad at the same time…
    Glad that you found new challenges to tackle, and sad as it is a page that is turned. But I know we’ll keep in touch, we’ll continue hearing about the shenanigans of the 3 Nack boys (I count you in)

    [“Quite correctly,” I’m sure Margot would say. –J.]

    Here’s looking forward hearing about a new Nack project.

    It would be wonderful if you kept blogging, we need our fix, man!

    [Heh—thanks, Pierre; I can’t imagine I’ll be very good at stopping. –J.]

  • Keith — 11:15 AM on February 03, 2014

    Ah, very nice. Great you’ll still be in the neighborhood & we all know how to find you in cyber. Will be interesting to see what Google does for us in the world of imaging.

    [Yes; I too can’t wait to find out! :-) –J.]

  • James Darknell — 11:16 AM on February 03, 2014

    John, I feel like I know you so well through your various blogs, even though we have never met. Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

    [I share your feeling, James, and thanks for the kind words. –J.]

  • vito fusco — 11:18 AM on February 03, 2014

    …I hope all the best for you…but I will miss you a lot!!!

    [Thanks, Vito; I’ll try not to be a stranger. –J.]

  • Scott Valentine — 11:22 AM on February 03, 2014

    This can only be an amazing move, not just for Google, but for all of us in the digital imaging world. The expertise you take and what you’ll gain is sure to be amplified, magnified, transmogrified into thick slices of pure awesome for the masses.

    A salute and toast to Major Mancandy! See you around the pixels, John :D

    [Heh heh—thanks, Scott. Why oh why can’t I find the good Major online anywhere so that people would know what the hell we’re talking about? :-) –J.]

  • Carlos Icaza — 11:27 AM on February 03, 2014


    Good luck and godspeed.

    [Many thanks, Carlos. Hope you’re doing great. –J.]

  • Scott Wyden Kivowitz — 11:39 AM on February 03, 2014

    Congrats on the move! Can’t wait to see what you do with Google in the future :-)

    [You and me both. :-) And thanks. –J.]

  • Mike Wiacek — 11:43 AM on February 03, 2014

    John, thrilled to hear you’ll be joining us at Google. Can’t wait to get started! :-)

    [Likewise, Mike, and thanks! See you soon, I hope. –J.]

  • Peggy Snyder — 11:45 AM on February 03, 2014

    Best of luck John!

    [Cheers, Peggy. –J.]

  • Romain Guy — 11:53 AM on February 03, 2014

    Welcome to Google :)

    [Thanks; I look forward to meeting. –J.]

  • Dave Helmly — 11:55 AM on February 03, 2014


    big congrats on the next chapter in your life. Looking forward to hearing from you in the future. Reach out anytime…


    [Thanks, Dave—and thanks for all your do for Adobe customers. It’s been a pleasure working with you. –J.]

  • Scott Byer — 11:57 AM on February 03, 2014

    Congrats! Google Photos is lucky to be gaining your experience and insight!

    [Thanks, Scott. See you in the cafeteria (or perhaps EV charging station) sometime? :-) –J.]

  • Rob — 12:00 PM on February 03, 2014

    Congratulations, John, and best wishes for wonderful new creative opportunities at Google. Shaking the Etch-a-Sketch after fourteen years isn’t a bad way to stir up the humors.

    [That’s my kind of slightly funkily mixed metaphor. :-) –J.]

    And though this particular blog will be ending, many of us look forward to following you in other venues. So it’s not “so long,” but anent this Adobe-hosted blog, thanks for all the fish.

    [Heh—thanks, Rob. –J.]

  • Daniel — 12:05 PM on February 03, 2014

    Thanks so much for all this years.
    Bon courage!

    [Merci, Daniel. –J.]

  • Jeremy — 12:15 PM on February 03, 2014

    It’s been awhile since I’ve written, and even longer since I worked with you on Ps articles, but I always enjoy following you on Facebook. Good luck and stay in touch–I am sure I will be writing again someday.

    [Will do, Jeremy, and thanks for sharing your ideas over the years. –J.]

  • James Fritz — 12:21 PM on February 03, 2014

    Way to go John,

    I look forward to seeing future posts on Google+ and other places in the future.

    [Thanks, James. –J.]

  • Carlos Garro — 12:23 PM on February 03, 2014

    God bless you John! Looking forward on Google+ :D

    [Thanks, Carlos. May God bless you right back. :-) –J.]

  • Abbas Rizvi — 12:31 PM on February 03, 2014

    Congrats John! Speaking from personal experience, I know that Adobe is a tough place to leave, but I bet you’ll do great wherever you end up. Google is lucky to have you!

    [Thanks, Abbas. We still miss you. :-) –J.]

  • David Biedny — 12:37 PM on February 03, 2014

    Congratulations, John, looking forward to seeing what you do over at your new gig. Break a leg!

    [Will do, David (although wow, now that image will enter my already present anxiety dreams); thanks. –J.]

  • Lisa Yimm — 12:37 PM on February 03, 2014

    Congratulations, John!

    I’ve long enjoyed your blog for the interesting, useful, and often amusing tidbits you’ve shared with us over the years. I look forward to seeing what amazing things you’ll be wow-ing us with at Google. :)

    [Thanks, Lisa; let’s definitely stay in touch. –J.]

  • Ted Azriel — 12:40 PM on February 03, 2014

    Wishing you the best John!
    Looking forward to hearing from in the Future

    [Thanks, Ted; you and me both. –J.]

  • J. Peterson — 12:47 PM on February 03, 2014

    Wow, those are going be some very tough blogging shoes to fill! Best wishes for your new endeavors.

    [Thanks, John, and thanks for giving me great stuff to talk about (and take credit for ;-)) all these years! –J.]

  • Eduardo Moura — 12:50 PM on February 03, 2014

    For years you (and this blog) have been the face and the voice of Adobe for me. It’s been like that, at least for me, since you made that announcement of Photoshop’s first public Beta, back in 2006. I came for the Beta but stayed for all the rest. And it’s been a privilege to witness how everything has changed since then. You wanted to make an impact? Mission accomplished, Mr. Nack.
    May your future endeavors at Google be as fruitful as these last 14 years at Adobe.
    Good luck and break a leg!

    [“Come for the beta, stay for the random videos & whatnot”; I can get behind that. :-) Thanks for reading, Eduardo. –J.]

  • Marc Edwards — 12:54 PM on February 03, 2014

    Congratulations. Thank you for the insights, links and Photoshop contribution. But — most of all — thank you for the JDIs.

    [My pleasure, Marc. Thanks for helping keep Adobe honest & for spreading the word in the practical, realistic voice that only a true user of the tools can have. Adobe & customers are so fortunate to have voices like yours out there. –J.]

  • Jack Reznicki — 1:04 PM on February 03, 2014

    Congrats John. Knock ’em dead. Although a with so many going to Google, I keep thinking of Star Trek. It’s the Borg, and you have been assimilated. ;->

    [Listen, Jack, we just need you to hold still; the implants only hurt if you keep squirming! :-) But thanks for all the great feedback over the years. –J.]

  • Dan Routh — 1:13 PM on February 03, 2014

    Congratulations, but hate to see you go. You seem to be the only person at Adobe that had an understanding of photographers and their needs, and that realized that CC creates a problem for us with no exit strategy. Looks like Google gains while Adobe loses. Hate to see who’s left driving the PS bus.

    [Not to worry, Dan: PS has really good folks at the helm, and I can’t wait for you to see what they’re cooking up. (I’m honestly rather jealous!) –J.]

  • Richard Broom — 1:20 PM on February 03, 2014

    All the very best John. I will miss my daily (sometimes thrice daily) visits to your blog. You have been an inspiration and, I’m sure, to many others. Good luck to you and the Family Nack.

    Best Wishes


  • Richard Broom — 1:21 PM on February 03, 2014

    An inspiration to me and many others I should have said!

  • Richard Broom — 1:22 PM on February 03, 2014

    Ooops…that should have read an inspiration to me and many others. I’ll be looking out for the new blog


    [Many thanks, Richard; shouldn’t be too long. –J.]

  • ProDesignTools — 1:28 PM on February 03, 2014

    Wow John, a blockbuster. Through this blog over the years, you became the front lines and face of Adobe for many people… Always bold, you took chances and really put yourself out there – and we all greatly appreciated it, having that feeling of direct contact.

    We’re really going to miss you, but wish you the best because you are just the kind of guy who always takes it to 11.*

    * Reference Spinal Tap.

    [Hey, I was getting paid for this; you guys are really heroic for providing great info & dodging bullets just because you know it’s good for creative people. Thanks for that, and please keep up the great work! –J.]

  • Jeffrey Warnock — 1:30 PM on February 03, 2014

    John… Cheers to you and wishing you a bright future at Google. They are lucky to get you on their team.

    [Thanks, Jeffrey. I really wanted to thank your dad for building such a special place for us all to enjoy over all these years, and he sent back a really gracious note. –J.]

  • Richard Earney — 1:31 PM on February 03, 2014

    Wow! That is big news! Congratulations!!. So long as we still see great Henry haircut photos all will be well with the world!

    Thank you for all you have done for me personally and for the whole Adobe and photographic community.
    Look forward to the next chapter!

    [Thanks, Richard; right back atcha. –J.]

  • Lembit Kivisik — 1:37 PM on February 03, 2014

    Thank you for those 4,200+ blog posts over the years (I have 922 archived in my Thunderbird RSS (and I hope they stay available even if this blog gets closed)). All the best.

    [Heh—my pleasure, and thanks for reading! –J.]

  • Peter Krogh — 1:41 PM on February 03, 2014

    Well, that’s something. A bit of a shock at first, but I’m sure it will be an exciting place to be, and a place you can have a really positive effect.

    I wish you every success in the new chapter, and I’ll look forward to hearing what you’re working on.

    [Thanks, Peter, and thanks for all the terrific feedback & advocacy for photographers you’ve provided over the years. –J.]

  • profeivan — 1:51 PM on February 03, 2014

    It´s kind of good/bad news (for me of course!). I´ve been following you for years. Thank you so much for all your interesting and useful tips an info. Good luck John

    [Thanks! –J.]

  • Pete in Texas — 1:54 PM on February 03, 2014

    John, all the best, thanks for sharing so many great things over the years. Hope you decide to keep posting somewhere — and that we have a way of knowing where that is! Hopefully, someone from Adobe will TRY to do a similar type of blog of interesting tidbits from inside the company!

    Best of luck!

    [Thanks, Pete; I’ll certainly pass along your vote for more blogging here. –J.]

  • Pedro Estarque — 4:14 PM on February 03, 2014

    Congratulations John, best of luck!
    I guess you’ve been a bit quiet for too long and that couldn’t last :)

    I hope you keep blogging somewhere, It’s been on my “daily” bookmark folder for years.

    Thanks for helping shape Photoshop into the amazing tool that it is and for listening to its passionate users.
    A forthcoming voice in a company as big as Adobe is very rare and will be missed.

    [My pleasure, Pedro, and thanks for all your feedback over the years. –J.]

  • Davide Barranca — 4:38 PM on February 03, 2014

    The best of luck, John!
    If memory doesn’t fail me, custom Panels in CS4 were there because of your effort, so see you and thanks for all the fish ;-)

    [Heh—good memory! Yes, that was one of my crusades. –J.]

    I wish you exciting times at Google – I guess we’ll all benefit from this “transfusion” of skills and expertise, somehow!

    [One certainly hopes. :-) –J.]

  • Mel Brown — 5:02 PM on February 03, 2014

    John, Adobe should fly their flag at half mast for the remainder of the week.

    You have been a worthy and candid interface between the company and its users. Good on you!

    So, will there soon be a GoogleShop program (and a GoogleNack blog for it)? Heh, heh!

    [Heh—you’re too kind, Mel. –J.]

  • Rob — 5:15 PM on February 03, 2014

    All the best, John. It’s been great to read your posts all these years, and invaluable to have someone so open to feedback working at Adobe. Thanks again, and hope to hear more from you soon!

    [Thanks, Rob! –J.]

  • Jeffrey Tranberry — 5:20 PM on February 03, 2014

    Good luck, John. You will be sorely missed. Thanks for being a tried and true friend, a great advocate for our customers and the best damn blogger in the world of digital imaging. I will miss the inside jokes from our shared midwestern experience/upbringing, and years spent on the Photoshop development team. We’ll be breaking out the portable curb this Friday at the MN office. Remember to stay cool. If I ever catch you wearing Google Glass I will personally put you in the Sharpshooter. \\\\’ ‘////

    [You crack me up, brutha. Thanks so much for the kind, stealthily semi-indecent words. ;-> –J.]

  • Rich MacDonald — 5:29 PM on February 03, 2014

    Congratulations to you and Google. Hope you can make photo editing on the Chrome and Google Plus sides more powerful. Technologies like Microsoft’s Photosynth shows that web base tools can sometimes be quite ground breaking.

    “I’m even giving thought to continuing a version of the blog via jnack.com”

    YES!! Please do this.

    [Heh, okay—but just ’cause you asked nicely. :-) –J.]

  • Andrew Phang — 5:52 PM on February 03, 2014

    All the best John. Thank you for all that you’ve given to Adobe. All the best at Google!

    [Cheers, Andrew. –J.]

  • gary greenwald — 6:01 PM on February 03, 2014

    first configuators going away, and now you too??

    [Gotta go down with my ship, right? :-) –J.]

    i hope you have an easy transition, and you carry on your great interactivity with customers for google as you did with adobe. i enjoyed you blog daily right behind boingboings, and will miss your leads, tips, and behind the scenes help. i hope you help google form some good beta groups so that we can see whats ahead with google as we did with adobe. enjoy the move, and thanks for all your efforts, gg

    [Thanks for reading, Gary. –J.]

  • Sally Cox — 6:17 PM on February 03, 2014

    Ah, John, the end of a magnificent era. You have done great things at Adobe and now Google is honored to have you join their team. I remember sitting across the table from you in an Adobe conference room all those years ago, when you and your lovely bride were buying a house. No kids on the horizon. So much has happened since then! Wishing you all the best, for I know only good things are to come for you, my friend.

    [Thanks so much, Sally! “And on it goes, this thing of ours.” :-) –J.]

  • Treeskier — 6:49 PM on February 03, 2014

    Congratulations. Have read your blog daily. Will miss it. Is there someone at Adobe who will be picking it up? Wish you the best at Google.

    [Many thanks. I don’t expect anyone to create a direct replacement for this blog (other people have “lives” and aren’t “mentally ill” (!), but there are plenty of people blogging intermittently about interesting stuff from Adobe. Try the root of the site: blogs.adobe.com. –J.]

  • Rick McCleary — 6:57 PM on February 03, 2014

    Wowie zowie! Life is motion, and you’re moving on.

    What a wonderful balance of kid-like impatience and Kerry-like diplomacy you have been.

    [What an incredibly nice thing to say, Rick; thanks! –J.]

    Google’s a lucky place right now. Keep fighting the good fight. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

    All the best, John. And it’s free lunch, right? :-)

    [The mythical one. And evidently Larry Page favors the cafeteria in the building where I’ll be working, so it’s reputed to offer the best chow. –J.]

  • Reji Samuel — 7:06 PM on February 03, 2014

    congratulations.wishing you all the very best dear john.

    [Many thanks, Reji. –J.]

  • Franck Payen — 7:15 PM on February 03, 2014

    Oh ! well, félicitations, as we say here ! Hope what’s following for you will be good. You’ll be missed on this side of the screen on that particular subject you treated exhaustively :)

    [Merci, Franck. –J.]

  • David — 8:13 PM on February 03, 2014

    I’m so disappointed. I absolutely love adobe and this blog, and I am not a fan of google. That being said, I wish you well and am happy for you in your career if this is where you want to go.

    [Thanks, David. Perhaps we can make a Google fan of you yet. It’ll at least be fun to try. –J.]

  • Daniel — 8:28 PM on February 03, 2014

    Glad for you! And hope you continue posting though!!
    Thanks for all the sharing and all your work. All the best John.

    [Thanks, Daniel; I’ll do my very best. –J.]

  • Craig — 8:39 PM on February 03, 2014

    Truly the end of an era! You’ve got my vote for a jnack.com industry blog. I’ve bookmarked it already. : )

    [Oh crap, I’d better not flake out, then! Thanks, Craig. –J.]

    Many thanks for giving so much to us over the years. You will be missed. All the best.

  • George Penston — 9:39 PM on February 03, 2014

    I wish you all the best John. I know you’ll do even more great things going forward. I’ve loved our conversations through the years. Bouncing ideas off each other and reminiscing about ye olde Adobe. I hope they’ll continue. I’m sure they will. Remember, impact 10x!

    [Thanks, George! Let’s keep up the collaboration as we both move forward. –J.]

  • Allen Cobb — 10:30 PM on February 03, 2014

    Happy trails, John! You’be been an invaluable human portal into Adobe, without getting too adoby. All the best for your new work at Google. And here’s to becoming a human portal there, without getting too googly. And good luck to your family and a smooth and happy transition.


    [Thanks, Allen! I’ll try to keep it real. :-) –J.]

  • Ton Frederiks — 10:32 PM on February 03, 2014

    Congratulations John! Reading this was a strange way to wake up, but I am wide awake right now. I hope that Google will give you all the room you need for your many ideas.

    [Many thanks, Ton. We’ve had some good times over the years, and I hope that our paths will continue to cross. –J.]

  • Stephen Walker — 10:39 PM on February 03, 2014

    Wow, John, big change indeed – I wish you everything of the best and sincerely hope you will continue to blog !
    Loved reading your articles over the years.
    Thank you for everything Adobe.
    And here’s hoping you make a dent at Google too.

    [Thanks, Stephen; I’m sure gonna try. –J.]

  • gary — 11:36 PM on February 03, 2014

    There goes my favorite blog.
    Good luck on the new gig.
    Thanks for all the great post over the years.

    [Thanks, Gary; here’s hoping that the new blog is up your alley, too. –J.]

  • Stephen Johnson — 12:08 AM on February 04, 2014

    All the best John, enjoy the journey and thanks for being so generous to us all.

    [My pleasure, Stephen, and thanks. –J.]

  • Alberto Comper — 12:15 AM on February 04, 2014

    I wish You all the best, John, You deserve It!

    [Many thanks, Alberto. –J.]

  • Rod Harlan — 12:23 AM on February 04, 2014

    Holy Cow John! I never thought I would see the day you left Adobe! But thank you for so many great years of service and all the best of luck in this new venture. I hope Google lets you expand from the simply photographic to more motion/video based products, as I think you have a real “Nack” for those as well. (I really couldn’t help it. Been keeping that one inside for most of the last 14 years.) ;-)

    Congrats John!!

    [Heh—thanks, Rod, and thanks for all you do for creative people. –J.]

  • PECourtejoie — 2:49 AM on February 04, 2014

    (me again) Now, where can we enter our features requests, your gmail email address? ;)

    [Sure, what the heck? :-) –J.]

  • Tink — 5:12 AM on February 04, 2014

    Huge congratulations on this. Although I’m not Adobes biggest fan at the moment, this is a serious loss to them. You always seemed to be open to peoples opinions, whether good or bad, and you always let people have their say and listened.

    [Thanks, Tink; I promise I always tried. –J.]

    Congrats again!!!

  • Blaxs — 5:44 AM on February 04, 2014

    congrat’s John… Bon voyage…

    [Merci! –J.]

  • Simon Brown — 6:15 AM on February 04, 2014

    Rather stunned by the news, John, but hope it will be a really excellent move for your future. You have achieved so much at Adobe, I am sure you will be missed. And thank you for getting me involved. :-)

    [My pleasure, Simon; thanks for *getting* involved. –J.]

  • John Hoffman — 7:19 AM on February 04, 2014

    Congratulations on the new job, John, and best wishes for continued success at Google.

    I’m sure I am just one of a huge crowd of Adobe customers who will miss your blog and your willingness to help with questions and problems related to Adobe products.

    I’ll be looking for your new columns when you get started on them.

    [Cool—thanks, John, and thanks for all your thoughtful comments over the years. –J.]

  • Andrew S — 7:40 AM on February 04, 2014

    Congrats, I’m excited to see what you will be working on at Google’s photography team. We must be in store for some great things if you are willing to jump ship! Good luck!

    [I sure hope so, Andrew; we shall see! –J.]

  • Steph — 8:14 AM on February 04, 2014

    I’ve been visiting this site for many years now and it will be hard to re-work the muscle memories – but I will because I enjoy your insights, thoughts and views. Thanks for the good stuff in the past and here’s to the good stuff in the future.

    Congratulations on the new job and chapter of your life John!


    [Thanks, Steph! –J.]

  • Andrew Rodney — 9:14 AM on February 04, 2014

    You will be missed John. Best PS PM ever!

    [Heh heh—I knew our great minds thought alike, Andrew. ;-) Seriously, though, thank you. And thanks for all your great passionate work keeping Adobe honest (or trying, anyway) over all these years (decades?). –J.]

  • Drazick — 9:19 AM on February 04, 2014

    Why don’t you publish a link to your Google+ profile as you do for the other?

    [Ah yes, I was just waiting to get a good custom one. I’ll get on it soon. –J.]

    Good Luck!
    There’s a lot to do on Google+ Photos.

  • Mike Wong — 9:21 AM on February 04, 2014

    Congrats on the new chapter John. Best of luck in your new adventure. Keep on an eye on that Matiash kid. :-)

    [Heh heh—oh, I’m on it already, Mike. :-) Thanks, and I hope you’re well. –J.]

  • David Lloyd — 9:25 AM on February 04, 2014

    I am sad to see that you are leaving, I have followed you here for a very long time. Life needs renewal and I wish you the very best in your re-birth.

    I know that there are a hell of a lot of talented people at Adobe… but none in my view have connected in a human voice with it’s customers like you have. When I am happy with Adobe, I check in here and celebrate with you. when I am looking for cool things to inspire me, I often check in here. When I am spitting mad at something Adobe had done or I am frustrated with, I also check in here and know that you care and that you represent the human drive to make things better at Adobe and indeed, you make an impact. It reminds me that Adobe isn’t a machine that is hell bent on driving me nuts in that moment and I thank you for that as Adobe is tightly woven into the fabric of my creative expression, and that expression is so important to me. I only hope that Adobe can understand that your (cool headed in the face of hell fire) contribution in communicating to us has been so very important and that it will encourage it in more of its employees…as it will be sorely missed from you.

    Best of luck John.


    [Thank you, David! –J.]

  • Phosphor (a|k|a Phos FourDots) — 9:27 AM on February 04, 2014

    Congratulations, John, and my wishes for a smooth transition.
    You always seemed to be one of the nicest and most responsive of all the folks I’ve become iAcquainted with at Adobe. I, too, have been checking in here to your blog since the first day it went public, and have always enjoyed your posts. But more importantly, I really appreciate that you took the time to read many of our responses and to offer some great replies (along with some fine, snarky dismissals ;-) )

    [Heh heh. “It was real, it was fun, it wasn’t always real fun.” :-) But thanks for getting into the give-and-take. –J.]

    Best of luck to you, I hope Google has a real understanding of what you’re bringing to their party.
    Cheers, from Lancaster PA!

    [Thanks! –J.]

  • Colin Robinson — 9:51 AM on February 04, 2014

    Congratulations from an Ulsterman living in Scotland- I have enjoyed your blogs and learned a lot …. it would be great if it keeps going in some form!

    [Thanks, Colin; I’ll do my best to make that happen. –J.]

  • Darrell Heath — 10:19 AM on February 04, 2014

    Wow, congrats John. All the best on the new adventure, no doubt you will have a great impact on the G-community and the world-over.

    [Many thanks, Darrell. –J.]

  • Rod Wynne-Powell — 10:25 AM on February 04, 2014

    Hi John,
    Sorry I missed this news from yesterday.
    Good Luck in the next phase of your career; thank you for the work you have put into Adobe and the work you have done on behalf of Adobe’s customers – it was great to have you as our point of contact in Prerelease.
    Thanks also for all the interesting snippets that your blog gave over the period, I regularly read your blog and will continue to do so once you open the shutters in the new edition. Every so often I also read the family one, and it has always amazed me how you manage to find time to do the day job!
    Adobe’s loss; Google’s gain. We never met, but I felt I knew you.


    [Thanks, Rod! But let’s not assume I actually *did* my day job. ;-) Thanks so much for all your great support & feedback over the years! –J.]

  • Geoff Walker — 10:46 AM on February 04, 2014

    This is a Smart Move then… obviously non-destructive!!
    Enjoy the new adventure

    [Hah! I love it. Thanks, Geoff. –J.]

  • Arnel Garcia — 11:01 AM on February 04, 2014

    Hi John,
    Here is wishing all the best for your new journey. Thanks!


    [Thanks, Arnel. –J.]

  • Nat Brown — 11:04 AM on February 04, 2014

    For a moment, I considered posting a congratulations in the form of a complaint about an exit strategy from Creative Cloud but then figured everyone might think I was serious. :-)

    I bought my first Photoshop about the time you started your blog here. I found the blog a couple of months later and it has been a staple of my design life since. It has always been so much a part of my Photoshop/Adobe experience that I had begun to assume you came bundled with the software. What a shock to learn different.

    Your writing and the material you have aggregated here have changed my life. No understatement. Thank you.

    Congratulations and the best of luck at Google. It seems to me that you are leaving all the imagery in the world and joining all the information in the world. I have no doubt your passion will find the impact it seeks.

    [Wow—thanks for the very kind words, Nat! I’m really delighted to have had my work benefit you. Knowing that makes it all worthwhile. –J.]

    • Nat Brown — 11:13 AM on February 04, 2014

      Argh!! Stupid spellcheck!! “overstatement,” not “understatement”!!

  • Rick Lloyd — 11:09 AM on February 04, 2014

    Best wishes, John! I will really miss this blog – it has been the source of much discovery and inspiration for me!

    [Cool; thanks, Rick. –J.]

  • Greg Geisler — 12:03 PM on February 04, 2014

    Good Luck, John!

    Thanks for all of your valuable work at Adobe. You have had an impact on our professional lives. I’m anxious to hear about what you are going to be involved in because it must be pretty cool for you to leave Adobe for it!

    [Thanks, Greg! I’m so proud to play even a small role in facilitating great work like yours. And thanks for all the great feedback over the years, here & elsewhere. –J.]

    But take a few weeks off if you can!


  • Dave Courtemanche — 12:08 PM on February 04, 2014

    Exciting news. New chapters in life are always fun/scary. Best of luck moving forward. Sorry to see you leave Team Adobe, as you were a unique voice for them. I do hope you keep up the blogging as your non-Adobe related posts are pretty spectacular. I often share them with my coworkers for inspiration (and occasionally credit you. :) )

    [Heh—thanks, Dave. I’ll try to maintain the flow. –J.]

  • Timothy — 12:41 PM on February 04, 2014

    That’s terrific. You were the only person at Adobe I thought that still had a soul. Glad to see you moving on to something else before that changed.

    [Eh, thanks? :-) But don’t worry: I can tell you truthfully that lots & lots of good people remain at Adobe. They’re just too busy making stuff to spend all their time blogging! –J.]

  • Paul Marriner — 12:44 PM on February 04, 2014

    Congratulations. I, like many others, will miss this blog. I only read two every day, so it looks like Mike Johnston (TOP) will now find it lonely at the top.


    [Ah, twist my arm; I’ll try to keep the music going, just at a new URL! –J.]

  • Steve Laskevitch — 1:17 PM on February 04, 2014

    I get distracted for a couple days, and you do this to me?

    [I’m slippery, I know… –J.]

    I’d wish you luck if you needed it. You don’t! I will wish you happiness (as always).

    [Thanks! –J.]

  • Steven Foster — 1:17 PM on February 04, 2014

    I have never commented here before, but wanted to say thank you for all the time you have put in making this blog informative and entertaining. I especially enjoyed your honesty and not being afraid to say when something was a bit rubbish-even if it was Adobe related. This has been one of my ‘go to’ places on a daily basis for some years and I felt a palpable wrench this morning when I read your news. It is great news however and I wish you all the best with your move.
    I’m thinking John Nack and world domination are 8.2 percent more the same thing now. High fives all round.
    Take care John. I shall keep an eye out for your next blog…

    [Thanks for the kind words, Steven! And thanks for reading over all these years. –J.]

  • Rick Popham — 2:41 PM on February 04, 2014

    Oh man, this IS huge news. John, I have enjoyed reading your blog for years. When contentious issues arose from time to time you remained a class act. I’ll miss having you be my “front” for Adobe (and this is definitely Adobe’s loss), but I can’t wait to see what you come up with at Google.

    Best of luck to you!

    [Thanks, Rick! –J.]

  • Landon — 2:51 PM on February 04, 2014

    Happy trails John. Your blog has had a spot on my Firefox bookmarks toolbar for many years. I’ll be looking for your next blog to replace it.

    [Cool; thanks, Landon. –J.]

  • Claudius — 3:05 PM on February 04, 2014

    Thank you so much, i wish you all the best!

    [Danke! –J.]

  • Tbear — 4:13 PM on February 04, 2014

    Good luck in you new job. Now I’ll have to find someone with the insight you had to read everyday after viewing the news online. I’ve enjoyed all the crazy places you have taken us in the art world.

    [Heh, thanks; I’ll continue to try to do so. –J.]

  • Phil Brown — 4:39 PM on February 04, 2014

    Ah, I’m just seeing this today. A loss to Adobe, a gain to Google. But whatever you do I’m sure will be a gain to the customers and people involved!

    Thank you for all your time, effort, support, humour and insights over the years and best of luck for the future.

    I do hope you stay in touch after the move, and remember there’s a beer waiting for you if you get down under again :-)

    [You’re on, Phil! And thanks for all the thoughtful feedback over the years. –J.]



  • Imajez — 5:13 PM on February 04, 2014

    I imagine Adobe stocks may have dipped after losing one of their best ambassadors for the company and its products.

    [Well, GOOG lost like 50 bucks a share “on” the same news, so…! –J.]

    Companies need people like yourself who are open and willing to engage in informed and educational debate with the customer. Particularly when people can get so upset and het up about such important things as desktop icons. ;) Oh and binning perpetual licencing.
    Adobe’s loss, Googgle’s gain.

    [Cheers. –J.]

  • Marcelo Monzón — 6:55 PM on February 04, 2014

    WOW John, big move!!
    Congratulations on the new job, and like we, the Argentineans, say: se llevan una joyita (they takes a little gem)!!!!
    I wish you, from the bottom of my heart, a really great and amazing succes!
    All Photoshop fans we’ll miss you… and I hope that you keep the blog anywhere
    Thank you so much for all the amazing things over the years.

    [Many thanks, Marcelo. –J.]

  • Terri Stone — 9:16 PM on February 04, 2014

    “I’m even giving thought to continuing a version of the blog via jnack.com.”

    Do it do it do it do it do it do it do it do it do it do it do it!!!!!

    [Heh heh—only ’cause you asked nicely, Terri. Now help me make the appearance not suck!! :-) –J.]

  • Paul Ware — 9:55 PM on February 04, 2014

    Best wishes on your new adventures. This site has been one of my very favorite frequent stops on the web for many years. Adobe’s loosing a huge customer relation asset if this blog ends… We still get to enjoy your Daddy-O tweets I hope. -Paul

    [Thanks, Paul. I hope you’ll dig the new blog, too. –J.]

  • TLL — 7:14 AM on February 05, 2014

    Good luck and thanks for being who you are. Of all Adobe staff who have stuck their necks out on the web to advocate for the brand, you have put the most human face on the effort. that will be missed. I do look forward to what you and Google will be doing for imagery :)

  • Adil Lotia — 8:00 AM on February 05, 2014

    Congratulations, John! Best wishes in a wonderful career ahead. I never did get a chance to meet you for lunch in SJ, but maybe someday…

  • James Sinks — 9:12 AM on February 05, 2014

    Congratulations, John. Google is lucky to have you and Adobe is extremely unlucky to lose you. I hope your new job is more productive and less stressful than what you’ve been dealing with at Adobe. And I sincerely hope you keep blogging–despite my deep antipathy towards Adobe at the moment, your blog is still on my regular visiting list.

  • Stephen Johnson — 11:58 AM on February 05, 2014

    John, You have been a trusted friend and an insightful colleague at Adobe for so long that it will not seem the same place without you. I know your love of the photographic medium, I’m sure it will serve Google well as if has so deeply benefitted Adobe. Our long conversation continues! Great things are ahead for you, I’m postive.

  • Saïd Nuseibeh — 12:43 PM on February 05, 2014

    > Best PS PM ever!

    I second that. John, you’re the best of the best.

    The amount of respect you have garnered in my book and the photo community-at-large is unprecedented and only burnished by time.

    So glad you will stretch your genuine wings again. Google is suddenly looking lots better.

    Rock on!

  • Gary Coyne — 2:35 PM on February 05, 2014

    Wow, big big changes. I mean won’t you feel cramped up in that tiny company Google? The good news is that you should meet most of the people there by the end of the 2nd day, shouldn’t be too hard.

    Say hi to my nephew Ian, he works in a different division but you’ll bump into him soon I’m sure.

    Seriously, you will love it there, (Ian does).

  • Benjamin Hansen — 3:10 PM on February 05, 2014

    will miss your blog john will check out your site to see if you start another!

  • BobPeters — 8:26 PM on February 06, 2014

    Thanks for all the interesting articles. Coming here was like opening a birthday present and finding a great surprise inside.

  • Bill — 9:50 PM on February 06, 2014

    Thanks for the blog, great choice of links posted over the years. All the best.

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