Altough I did all my schooling with adobe product - I really enjoy using open source software -
I just wrote an article about it and you can read it here:
It's a very good article; I too prefer a tool that does one thing really well to one that does a dozen things not so well. (I've noticed too how in recent years that every product seems to try to be all the other products, and not just in software!) I would say that the grammar could use a little polishing, but the people you want to reach probably won't care much about a little bad grammar or syntax.
I see what you allude to, as well, and feel, as you do.
Still, there is a large segment of the market, that wants the "Swiss Army knife" approach to software. We see it all the time in the Photoshop and the Premiere/Encore forums. That segment screams if some format is overlooked, or some potential operation, however obscure, is not included.
For me, the interfacing of the various Adobe products does give a "do all" aspect for the user. Still, some will complain that PS can do something, so why not incorporate that into Premiere, or Encore?
I liken it to a restaurant, that lists itself as American, Chinese, Mexican, Italian. OK, what food do they do best?
i too was schooled in Photoshop but because for price considerations I can not afford the software at home so I have to use Gimp. I love Photoshop, I love the intuitive interface, it works well for me at work. At home when I use Gimp I feel like I am screwing in a screw with a butter knife, yea it works but it is not the best tool.
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