All CC apps have *atrocious* realtime UI performance

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Realtime UI performance of Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition and After Effects, is mind numbingly poor (video below).

With the insane amount of budget at your disposal from all your CC subscribers, having a UI system across your entire app suite of such stultifyingly low quality is nothing short of abusive.

Here's a 60 FPS video showing Photoshop CC 2019's UI scaling, struggling with ~10 frames per second, compared to Blender on the same system, a free open source app, which manages to have a scaling UI with, in this example, even more complexity than Photoshop's at 60 FPS+ without flinching.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GEi-cW3DTo

Why is this?
Because Adobe is a giant corporation, and presumably in order to justify expenditure on development time, the work has to be profitable. Therefore, because people still pay millions per year for the suite (because it's 'industry standard'), there is no incentive for Adobe to invest development time in anything except shiny new features to bleat about, and low-level optimisation isn't even considered. Moore's law isn't going to save you anymore, you need to rip out all that legacy bloat and build a performant UI from scratch.

Why does this matter?
The performance of Adobe CC apps is *so bad* I have literally stopped taking motion graphics work, just because using After Effects is so painful. Even with a completely *empty* comp in AE, the timeline window UI is so sluggish you can't scrub at a frame rate above about 15 FPS. Again, that's with NO OBJECTS on the timeline. Our computers are capable of much more than this. Competitors are eating into your monopoly because people are realising their computers are capable of so much better.

Why do I care, then?
Because I've been using Adobe software since 1998, and I love it, it's familiar, it's an old friend, and it's sad to see it go this way. The old dog has a disease, and you, the owner, don't seem to give a sh** and are quite happy to just pump it full of antibiotics and watch it get all bloated and senile, dressing it up in new features that don't quite fit - like a dog in novelty sunglasses - while counting your cash and spaffing god-knows-how-much on glitzy conferences in San Francisco and slick video promos.

Please convince me Adobe are going to optimise and clean up the mess. Otherwise, like thousands of others, I'm gone. Already bought Affinity Designer to replace Illustrator. Going to try Affinity Photo next. I imagine many other people feel the same way.

Optimise or (continue to) die.
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rachalmers

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Couldn’t agree more. The Cloud service I’ve already complained about. Pathetic.
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I have to 100% agree. The UI and User Experience in almost all Adobe apps is miserable compared to other apps out there. Ps has barely changed in 30 years and is long overdue for a massive overhaul. 
As someone whose job it is to use Ps 8-14 hrs/day, it's a struggle to keep my enthusiasm going about my work when i'm constantly fighting against the UI.
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So brutal. So honest. So on-point. : "Because I've been using Adobe software since 1998, and I love it, it's familiar, it's an old friend, and it's sad to see it go this way. The old dog has a disease, and you, the owner, don't seem to give a sh** and are quite happy to just pump it full of antibiotics and watch it get all bloated and senile, dressing it up in new features that don't quite fit - like a dog in novelty sunglasses - while counting your cash and spaffing god-knows-how-much on glitzy conferences in San Francisco and slick video promos."
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Couldn't agree more. With each upgrade and update of Apps, they seem to be accompanied with bugs, so bad, that we are left frustrated and angry, because we are paying for a service that leaves a lot to be desired.

Affinity Photo isn't too bad either. I've been trying it out and quite like it.
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Here's an example of After Effects choking to death on a few low poly vectors:
https://youtu.be/w3_Cc8CoMBk?t=1713