At 67 I decided to say hello and (since I am playing golf and sliced into another county behind giant green frog on miniature golf course) decided to take a moment to say hello. After all, it will take me all day to get back to the fairway I left, and might as well take it easy. I miss a lot of people who helped me a lot over the past years to use stuff like cs6 suite. Dreamweaver I had before Abode bought it. I would never go to a subscription service, so that was the end of that. Can you imagine doing pro work and waiting for a validation on location to work with a client paying real money to get stuff done immediately, with hundreds of people on the clock ? I doubt it.
I'm amazed Adobe has survived as long as it has.
This forum used to show who posted last (so you could follow conversations quickly) but that changed too. Now you only see who posted the original mssg. A lot of people left the forums because of that little screw up.
I recall watching an America's Cup race here on this forum, and Bill Hunt was watching the live race on cable and telling everyone what was going on, minute by minute..and it was great fun. Was like a text chat board with about 12 people involved... each declaring what they thought the strategy and focus of the contestants should be ( was in San Francisco bay or something ). A lot of older members would recall who was around back then.
Everyone should have the same fun in my opinion. Not just to socialize but to share things they are working on. Videos, photos, audio, whatever. Illustration, animation, you name it.
The movie industry (media in general, meaning majors, broadcast TV, and cable, and streaming ) is changing fast. It's possible to do things on desktops and even laptops that you couldn't dream of doing 20 years ago. How cool is that ?
I met some nice people here years ago. One guy said he was a producer director and did weddings upstate NY. Another guy bought a camera and claimed he was shooting video when he was doing motion position control over stitched photos in San Francisco area, while another guy claimed to be a famous food shooter in New Zealand, while asking what to do to save his business ( since everyone was buying DSLR's and getting into his pie ). One guy was an airline pilot and shot home movies in free time but knew absolutely EVERYTHING about he tech side of making good quality compressed video. Some other guy wrote books for Adobe about how to do stuff but never got residuals and had to get a real job somewhere else. Some girl in the Netherlands became Queen of all things technical re: timelines and exports, but due to language difficulty pretty much insulted everyone with short to the point no nonsense messages ( like God talking to you).
During this time the mac vs. PC fight was an undercurrent ( to this day I bet there are some who still blame QT for their screwed up color ).
You probably don't know this unless you are around 67 years old like me, and used to hang out around here. It evolved, going from 32 bit to 64, and everyone helped one another despite all the crazy attitudes and personal positions re: opinions etc.
I personally deeply regret not being more patient and mature with the way I acted during those years here. I always thanked and acknowledged the help I got, but I often went a little bonkers when real stupid stuff was going on ( which I now realize wasn't stupid but just human ).
A pet peeve was hearing, " when you put a hard light closer to an object it becomes a soft light, " drove me nuts. Now I understand that man is shooting still images of zoo animals and he is fortunate to have the zoo use his images for promotions. I wish I could do that same.
God bless you all, and I really mean it.