Photoshop CS6: Options Bar and missing Application Bar

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above of blue line is CS5 & Blow is CS6.. see the difference Photoshop Genius team is making photoshop more flexible..

We also can't double click on the panels' gray bar to minimize the panel, we will have to right click on it to minimize & open it & also we don't have available option in that menu for to mark on double click for open & minimize tab group,

I know if Photoshop team don't wanted to change them, then they must say we have changed it according to people's idea or we had requested may people they don't want flexible Photoshop.... hahahaaaaaaa Well done Adobe..

if you can't make it best then don't make it more bad..
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Mohammed Amjed Khan Abro

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Janet Burdon

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I posted on the Adobe forum about this very thing. I use the CS5 Application bar a LOT and when I downloaded and installed CS6 Beta I found it was missing.
I am most disappointed!
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Official Response
The Application Bar was intentionally removed. A majority of users told us they'd rather have the extra vertical space for their images than the Application Bar.

All of the commands are available elsewhere or can be access more easily with keyboard shortcuts:

Mini-bridge is accessible from the bottom panel (now a part of the default UI).

Cmd + Opt + o (Mac) Ctrl + Alt + o (Windows) to launch Bridge.

Show Guides: Cmd + ; (Mac) Ctrl + ; (Win)
Show Grids: Cmd + ' (Mac) Ctrl + ' (Win)
Show Rulers: Cmd + r (Mac) Ctrl + r (Win)

Zoom level can be control via keyboard shortcuts or UI found at the bottom of the document window.

You can access the arrange options under the Window>Arrange> menu

Screen mode has been added back to the bottom of the tool bar.

CS Live has been discontinued.
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John McAssey

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How does one use the empty vertical space next to the menu items?
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Mindy Hymas

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I would like to see the menu bar back. It's taking me all do to find out how to do things that were once so simple.
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Chris Cox

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The menu bar is still there. Only the application bar was removed.
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Janet Burdon

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I don't agree, where the Application bar was in CS5 is now empty space in CS6.

Having to go into menus or type in numbers rather than click a drop down menu is much more inconvenient for those of us who used the bar a LOT!
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Mohammed Amjed Khan Abro

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Share my screen was really useful I used it many time to show my work to others, but thats OK now a days there are many free application for screen sharing & what about minimizing Panels group there is more space in the gray you also could attach minimize link/button when its open & after opening same link/button should be converted in to maximize mode/appearance, it would be better.

in Full Screen mode with Menu Bar you are not able to see & type zoom percentage in UI at bottom of Document window, therefor it would be better in the Control Bar or also it should show like Illustrator's full screen mode with menu bar, b/c Ai always shows Document's Zoom percentage, also Arrange Documents' Icon is better to see the Difference between same Documents' Copy's new changes/Modifications.

But I know Adobe's employee will type a new Awesome Answer with amazing logic & thats their Job may be, & that will show a preview of an action that never will be done.
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Richard Henley

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Well if the problems I keep having with this new interface continue, I'll make sure to make sure CS6 is removed so I don't have to deal with it. That means of course I'll not upgrade.

The interface changes in CS5 were enough of a problem but the removal of useful, functional tools from the Application Bar like the zoom presets which took NO wasted space that I can see because you didn't notice anyone use them, and forcing us to type into the bottom of the UI to affect a similar functionality is not acceptable.
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This smells like a cross platform compatibility thing. Photoshop exists on Windows and the Mac. CS6 now uses the Mac Cocoa GUI interface so they can do 64-bit on the Mac. Previously Adobe used the Carbon APIs. Apple never supported Carbon on 64-bit.

Applications never really draw anything with regards to the "menu bar". The OS does all of it. Maybe the Mac Cocoa APIs do not allow this extra stuff in the main menu bar, and so Adobe just removed these items from both the Mac and Windows. Only speculation. Years since I did any Mac programming and I never tried to do anything like that with the Menu bar, but I understand the least common denominator cross platform GUI feature decisions.
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This has nothing to do with the menu bar.
The "app bar" was something below the menu bar, and above the options bar.

See Jeffrey's explanation about why it was removed.
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NORMAN BLACK

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and yet the screen shot in this thread shows items to the right of the help menu in the menu bar in CS5 and nothing after help in CS6. the app bar was below the menu bar on the Mac. It was, or could be, combined with the menu bar on Windows as shown.
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I know all the keyboard shortcuts and do use them often but with the application bar gone it throws out my whole work flow. I NEED the application bar back! If not the whole thing at least the zoom and arrange workspaces. Now I must dig into menus to do simple things.

This really does not make it a joy to be working with CS6.
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Massimiliano Ramuschi

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We all need the button Arrange Documents somewhere. Maybe in the tools panel. Please put it in! It's not so quick using the menus.

Max Ramuschi
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Scott Mahn

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It's nice when adobe gives us options, not nice when they delete options.

I'd like the Options bar back. More importantly, I can't think of why a single user wouldn't want the option to either have it, or not, at their discretion. Make it a USER option.
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Chris Cox

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You still have the options bar. It's the app bar (which was redundant functionality, and deprecated functionality) that was removed.
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Scott Mahn

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sorry for the confusion. it's the app bar then that i wish we had the choice to use or lose.
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Janet Burdon

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It seems we are going round in circles here, Adobe won't listen to those of us who want the application bar back. I'll go back to CS5
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I downloaded the free version of CS6. No application Bar! I won't upgrade. CS5 works great and I don't see changing just to accommodate Mac users. I don;t see why Adobe doesn't provide an option or plug-in to facilitate it for those of us demanding it.
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I'm also disappointed that the application bar is missing. I understand that some people didn't like it taking up the space, but why can't they just turn it off? Why remove the thing completely?

I'm on CS3, so I'll probably still upgrade to CS6 unless I find a deal on a CS5 license or something. I use CS5 at work and If I had my own copy of CS5 I don't think I'd bother upgrading to CS6.

Yes, I know it sounds like a stupid thing to bicker about, but this is sort of a deal-killer.
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Scott Mahn

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Can moderator merge these topics and turn it into a feature request to restore the application bar, or make it a user selectable pallet?

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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The official response and Chris' response are solely geared toward mac users about it taking up space. You will notice there is never a response to the screenshots posted from windows users, such as myself, in any of the posts about this issue. If the Mac users didn't want it there they could of hide the the application frame and be done with it since they had that option. It did not facilitate removing it completely and negatively impacting windows users. Or you could of just removed it from the mac version.

If you search for cs5 application bar (frame) you will find the people complaining about it were mac users. A lot of the time it was because "the application frame made it look too much like windows". Ohh, cry me a river. The issue of wasted space does come up, as the official responses indicate, but a simple response of hide the frame solves the problem.

When you search for cs6 application bar you find windows uses and a few mac users complaining about it missing, but mostly windows users since it in no way shape or form took away "vertical spacing" or gave more "real estate" with it gone.

Yes, the features may be redundant but so is just about everything else in Photoshop. There are multiple ways to do just about anything. But in this case, you removed the easiest and most convenient way of doing things. And yes, there are keyboard shortcuts for the items removed but I'm going to address zoom in particular. My work requires a lot of close up detail work (2000%-3200% zoom) on small images typically 100x100 or less. So when I make a change, its nice to be able to hit the drop down and hit 100% to see my change at size. Sure ctrl 1 is for actual pixels; however, if you are like me and a ton of other people, you have reassigned shortcuts to what works for you and you are used to those. So ctrl 1 is already used for something else and every other convenient combination on the left side of the keyboard is taken up. No need to have a keyboard shortcut when it’s so easy to hit 100% in the drop down. The zoom in the bottom left requires typing the numbers in then hitting enter. A hassle in my mind for a ctrl and mouse person (i.e. I like to have my left pinky on ctrl and the mouse in my right hand at all times).

Myself and numerous other people are very disappointed in Adobe with this change and the responses and explanations given by the employees.
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For me good riddance but the option to toggle it would have been nice.

Turns out I could have turned the CS5 application bar off all this time. Wish I had a time machine.

Meanwhile the options bar does not span the entire width of my screen which is not so good.
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My problem with the application bar being gone is that when I'm working full screen (on another screen or on my cintiq) there's no easy way to know what the percentage of zoom is currently. It used to be nicely displayed on the bar. Now my only solution is to have the navigator open as well, which actually slows things down slightly and takes up much more space.