Remove the bloat from Creative Cloud

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Hey. Adobe. We gotta talk.

I know we're close. We've been tight since like forever. I remember our first awkward encounters: you, a magical piece of software that had been acquired through some... alternative avenues; me, a curious high school student fumbling my way through your magical features and creating garish designs, almost all with at least one lens flare.

It's hard to believe it's been over a decade. We've both grown since then; I became an adult and started actually paying for your services, and have reduced my lens flare usage to acceptable levels. You? Well, you've gone through some big changes. And I've watched over the last few years with increasing concern that you may be headed down a wrong path. Now, I hate myself for not saying something sooner.

It's the feature bloat, Adobe. The awful, insidious tacking on of features that you think add some kind of value-- and perhaps they do, for someone, somewhere-- but ultimately just serve to anger me and clutter up my system. I know it's always been a part of you... heck, I can't remember a time when Acrobat didn't create a "speed launcher" that started on boot, to serve as some kind of "convenience". But soon, it was an automatic updater that was always running, too. And then a license checker. And then the whole CC app in the system tray. And *then* CC found it's way into my context menus, and offered to sync files and pinned itself to my folder list and hey isn't this all so great?!

Except it's not, Adobe. It's not great at all. It's obnoxious behavior. The kind of thing that would get a lesser app labeled as malware. When I open an app and it shows me splash screens and automatically configures its interface the way it *thinks* it should be and pops up persistent HiDpi notifications, and shows panels for stock photos and has no less than eleven (!) background processes at all times... it's too much. It's too much, and I don't think I can continue to be a part of this abusive relationship.

I know what you're thinking: "I did this for you. I thought this was what you wanted." But that's not true, Adobe. It's not true and you know it, somewhere deep down. You wanted to sink your hooks in; you wanted to wait until I depended on you... until I *needed* you, and there was nowhere left for me to go. You know that, too. What am I gonna do, use GIMP and Notepad like a damned peasant?

I don't want you to misunderstand, Adobe. I still cherish you. I know there's still so much magic inside of you. Literally. Content Aware Fill? That is sorcery. But I don't know how much longer I can do this to myself, to watch you hide away all that magic beneath layers and layers of garbage without even giving me a voice to say "Hey. I don't want Cloud Sync. You're welcome to use it elsewhere, but keep it away from my system." That's all I want.

Look, even now you don't give me a valid place to voice my concerns. I can't offer feedback on CC as a product. But I hope you hear this.
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Aaron Firouz

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