Remove Adobe Stock search field and ads

  • 1
  • Idea
  • Updated 9 months ago
Stop your Adobe product ads from creeping into the We Paid For These Products already, user interfaces.
Photo of Timothy Blackmore

Timothy Blackmore

  • 5 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes

Posted 9 months ago

  • 1
Photo of Cristen Gillespie

Cristen Gillespie

  • 1268 Posts
  • 324 Reply Likes
Many designers and educators  do use Adobe Stock frequently, so I think it makes sense to have Search fields and the CC Libraries capable of finding what you need.  You can set your Search field for the area you want to search and at least as far as I've noticed, that choice gets written out to preferences and sticks until you change it.

What I find annoying is having the ACC app always open to Adobe Stock. Most often I'd want just about anything but Adobe Stock in that context. So I agree that they're letting it creep a bit too much into our lives. Just not that they need to eliminate it from locations where it makes sense without being very intrusive on the rest of us.
Photo of Timothy Blackmore

Timothy Blackmore

  • 5 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes
My objection is that the Adobe Stock search is animated which means it grabs your eye when you scroll through your recent files, and it takes up screen real estate I could use for thumbnails, and there is already room at the top of the Photoshop CC 2018 start workspace for a plain unanimated Adobe Stock Search. The annoying color pop up at the bottom of the start workspace reads as an ad which is what it is. And there is no preference to shut it off which is, at a minimum what is required for us plain old users to be satisfied. I'm not a subscriber to Adobe Stock, Adobe knows that. And they take up even more space to promote Adobe Stock in the CC menu and again, they know full well that I don't subscribe. Good UX design avoids this when the designers care about their users. But when sales and marketing get involved, the UX suffers. It is a reliable enough design principle. And listen, I've met with Adobe's software designers to discuss feature extensions and from the conversations we had they are clearly tasked by someone other than their users. 
Photo of Cristen Gillespie

Cristen Gillespie

  • 1268 Posts
  • 324 Reply Likes
> My objection is that the Adobe Stock search is animated which means it grabs your eye when you scroll through your recent files, and it takes up screen real estate I could use for thumbnails, and there is already room at the top of the Photoshop CC 2018 start workspace for a plain unanimated Adobe Stock Search. >

Huh. I'm not seeing what you're seeing. In the Start Screen (don't use it for PS, but. . . ) it's a simple search bar along the bottom of the screen. If I use the Magnifying Glass Search at the top and type in part of a filename, for example, it shows me categories for searching, since I haven't specified a region to restrict my search. There is no place in the Start Screen to pick your area for searching ahead of time.

But each search area's results has a "see all" button to press. I do, and that is the sole search category previewed in the thumbnails. So it's not taking up space I could use for my thumbnails. It's asking me (visually), do I want to search my Recent files, Lightroom (if relevant, now they're connected), or Stock. I don't see anything animate, and once I click See All beside a relevant area to search, I don't see anything else in the search results.

So I'm not following why this is so annoying, apart from the fact that this is a money maker for Adobe that you don't want, so you don't want to see anything at all about it? I get that. But how is it taking up space or distracting you from your own images in the Start Screen? In  PS itself, Search lets you pick your area to search ahead of time, so again, Stock is only a word not to click on???

As for having enough files set aside to be Recent files that you have to scroll, when I start scrolling, the Stock Search bar at the bottom disappears and doesn't reappear until I scroll back up. So you can scroll up and down as much as you like without seeing the Stock search bar at the bottom, so long as you don't stop back up at the top.

That's too distracting for you? Or is your objection primarily that it's something you have no use for, hence the annoyance with it in this particular instance. As I said, I completely agree with you that they've not been nearly as subtle as they ought to be about it in some circumstances. I'm afraid here I'm simply not finding I'm bothered by it at all. I stopped even seeing it was there and wouldn't remember it if you hadn't brought it up.

   
Photo of Timothy Blackmore

Timothy Blackmore

  • 5 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes

Here's the bottom of the Start Workspace screen, it rolls off if I scroll down and pops up when I scroll back to the top of the page. You've gone at length about something I'm not talking about. And yes, I have no use for this, but it properly belongs elsewhere in the UI if only for the sake of consistency. 
Photo of Cristen Gillespie

Cristen Gillespie

  • 1268 Posts
  • 324 Reply Likes
> You've gone at length about something I'm not talking about.>

I went on at length trying to figure out what you were talking about, since you weren't very specific in your earlier posts, even though I'm sure you thought it was obvious what you were talking about. And it seems I did hit on it by hitting on all the features related to your complaint that I could find. It disappears as you scroll down, and comes back up when you reach to the top and stop. So that bothers you.

I don't care if they move that so it doesn't do that or not, since it doesn't get in my way, but if enough customers say that this particular feature does bother them, Adobe might decide to move it more out of customer view, yet still accessible to designers and educators who want to be able to access Adobe Stock at the Start Screen.

They are more likely, anyway, to listen to you talking about changing a specific feature than telling them not to provide access to Adobe Stock, which is basically what you started with. I'm glad you pinned it down more concretely so more people now can respond to the issue you have with it.