Me either! But that wasn’t my point. The question is, will most LR users upgrade? I’m hearing from a lot of hard core LR users still on CS3. For them it would be a great idea to upgrade for what I consider the one must have feature they are missing: Content Aware technology. Unless you don’t do much clone work (something I depend on Photoshop for), that is a major reason to have a modern copy of Photoshop. Or for Mac users who can’t run a non Intel version.
What do hard core LR users want to complement LR in terms of a Photoshop upgrade? You only need one or two must have features. For example, can you image if you could load an image, and an associated DNG profile and use Photoshop as a profile editor? The current DNG profile editor is OK but imagine having all the tools within Photoshop to tweak color and tone. I think a lot of LR users would upgrade just for that feature. Allow us to edit ICC profiles too. Been asking for that for at least a decade. I bet Adobe could get the Kodak Custom Color ICC technology for pennies on the dollar.
Give me a curve dialog to affect saturation so I can desatruate shadows. Or more than four sampler point (ACR has twice that). Let me read out more than just two color models at a time. Improve soft proofing for CMYK. Those are just a few features that I think would make the next Photoshop a compelling upgrade for hard core LR users.
a. Content Aware is the reason I've been upgrading. And from a business standpoint they'll get a lot of mileage out of Content Aware as they roll out each new version. My subjects invariably have tons of urban blight that needs removing. Beautiful temples surrounded by hundreds of power lines, garbage, and the more than occasional drunk tourist.. It takes a while, but the final product is worth it.
b. Absolutely. Sometimes I think software developers think keeping certain areas "magic" somehow benefits them.
c. I thought I was the only one who wanted that. And make it gradient capable where you can tie the gradient to levels re: saturation.
d. Why can't "save as" remember where it saved the last time? Sometimes I import back to LR, other times I want a separate copy somewhere else. Sometimes I do that more than once. Bigger fonts in the menus? With modern monitors (and the older I get) this is more important than ever. How about intelligent multiple monitor support? Maximizing across 2-3-4 monitors at the least? And last but not least.. why why why can't we reverse our history brush to fix areas we flubbed? More flexible hardware support to keep up with modern hardware? Maybe include a performance benchmark so we can see how our hardware selections/setup affects the overall picture? And why is the price for a new copy still so 1990's? Are we forever going to be expected to make up for the third world pirates..