Photoshop Directors Reflect on Photoshop CC
We are delighted to announce the immediate availability of Photoshop CC. This version of Photoshop is a milestone release for the Photoshop team. Not only is it packed with fantastic features we’ve sweated over for years, it is also the culmination of a year of major change in our feature deployment process, moving from 24-month cycles of the past to delivering innovation to customers as soon as it’s ready, throughout the year.
In celebration of today’s announcement, I’d like to join with Barry Young, my co-director of Photoshop, to reflect on this release and our experiences working on Photoshop.
Dave Hackel, Director, Photoshop
Monday, July 13, 1992. Just out of college, it was my first day as a Mac Type Tech Support Engineer. My monstrous font training manual in front of me, I read through the various scenarios that led to a corrupted ATM Font Database and what to do about it. My name is Dave Hackel, and this was the beginning of my Adobe story.
I recently celebrated 20 years at Adobe and was asked what makes it a special company to work for. I joined the company for the technical vision that founders John Warnock and Chuck Geshke espoused, but that was just the appetizer for my experience here. The main course as a long-time Adobe-ite is enjoying a place in the company where I can directly interface with customers, whose loyalty and commitment can fuel another 20 years at the company. This relationship is what has made my last five and a half years on the Photoshop team so incredible.
The customer is central to the Photoshop team and we’re constantly looking for new ways to help you work faster and more creatively than ever. In the past, we have struggled to simultaneously build the next great release with amazing features like Content-Aware Fill, worthy of a two-year wait, while also delivering those less magical, but incredibly useful time savers you ask for like the Conditional Action feature we added in Photoshop 13.1 last December. This is why I am excited by our move to a more frequent delivery model. This new model enables us to develop features and fixes and deploy them as soon as they are ready.
An example of this is the Mac HiDPI work in Photoshop 13.1. We made a decision to deploy HiDPI for the main application so you could enjoy the benefits of it immediately after the hardware became available, but not the dialogs because they weren’t ready yet. We are now shipping the HiDPI dialog work including Adobe Camera Raw today, five months later (instead of two years later), in today’s Photoshop CC release. This also allowed the engineering team to listen to customer feedback on the first deployment of HiDPI and respond to it just a few months later in this release.
Thank you, customers, for your loyalty and commitment, which has fueled my 20 years at Adobe. I look forward to what the next 20 might bring!
Barry Young, Director, Photoshop:
I’ve been involved in Photoshop professionally since version 3.0 in 1995. Back then I was working for a localization vendor for Adobe in Edinburgh, Scotland. My job was to re-engineer Photoshop and other Adobe products, into non-English languages. (Scottish is not considered a non-English language, in case you’re wondering!)
Even in the early days, I knew that Photoshop and other Adobe products, such as Illustrator, were ahead of their time. Bringing together art and science has always interested me, and no other company has been able to match Photoshop’s level of product excellence. For me, it’s a privilege to come in to work every day alongside many talented individuals on the team – both artists and computer scientists. We all share the same passion that our customers have for the product, and I hope that shows in the great features that we released with Photoshop CC.
Thank you, customers, for your inspiration. You make our jobs incredible.
Dave and Barry
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