Illustrator to get drag-and-drop toolbar tweaking

Sure, why not? Seems nice enough.

I remain kinda sad, though:

  • Illustrator broke its Photoshop-style ability to Shift-cycle among tools years ago & will never fix it, because LOL nothing matters.
  • We’ve never gotten (and presumably never will get) settings sync that enables frictionless sharing of bold, imaginative reshapings of Adobe app UIs—because, LOL… you know.

But, anyway, rock on with this.


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4 thoughts on “Illustrator to get drag-and-drop toolbar tweaking

  1. My comments of 4 years ago (on the settings sync post on your old site) are all the more germane today. I’ve pleaded with Adobe developers to recognize the inherently modular nature of their main apps, and to provide sensible facilities to users (and advanced “users” as well as actual programmers) so we can reshape the apps for specific workflows.

    Instead of doing that, they continue producing an endless stream of incremental tweaks to isolated (read NOT INTEGRATED) features, few of which were requested. They don’t even seem to understand that Lightroom is essentially just the kind of reshaping of Ps modules we were asking to be able to do.

    Are they afraid non-Adobe designers will come up with a better reconfig of their own apps? Are they trying to maintain control of HOW USERS APPLY their software? Frankly, I think it’s just a lack of comprehension — of what makes a complex product usable, and what users (from noobies to pros) actually do with these tools.

    Ultiimately, it’s a failure of leadership at the top, to not recognize all the amazing new functionality the user community would come up with if the tools were deeply manageable and well conceived.

    1. I agree with you. I think I suggested long ago on this blog that Adobe create a “base” application that you could add modules too. Need to edit pixels, use Photoshop. Need vectors, that’s Illustrator. Need video editing – Premiere. Need vector animation – Flash (at the time). Etc.

      Then, in theory, you’d have one “tool” that you loaded up and you could open a document and then open / add the tools you wanted to work on that document.

      I think this idea first came to me when Adobe started adding animation or vector editing into Photoshop (I forget which it was.)

      I understand these products started out as individual products but I would imagine they could integrate them in a more modular fashion with teams as large as Adobe presumably has working on them.

      In addition, if there was a bug with one particular tool they would only have to fix it once.

      Further, I totally agree with your thoughts on LR. I don’t actually use it because its too slow and memory intense for organizing my photos and otherwise I do everything in Photoshop.

  2. One thing the subscription model does to me is create a disconnect between me and Adobe’s fiddleshitting with features. I reasonably don’t want to update as the latest and greatest comes out due to bug wariness, and I really don’t pay attention to the incremental updates unless I stumble on someone recommending something useful. Could Adobe find a more vapid, canned stock music for the video?

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