Too Many Interfaces…?

Wacom, iPad, two keyboards, trackpad, mouse...

That actually was my desktop this morning. My shoulder is killing me  – had an operation about 2 weeks ago, presently I can be referred to as the  “Titanium Edition”  due to the spare parts screwed to my shoulder – and the fact that my hand moves BUT DOES NOT MOVE ENOUGH is driving me nuts. There are images to edit, video to cut, multimedia to be made…  And I am trying but… Damn I’m frustrated!

So that’s about as much hardware as I can imagine between the fingers and  computer – trying to make things work. :-)

Actually – and seriously: when the fingers moved, but basically nothing else in the arm did, I used the trackpad. Now I am back to the small wacom again keeping it in my lap, going for the mouse only occasionally. Much less strain for the injured shoulder.

But there is a small point to this post – in addition to just shouting out personal frustrations ;-) : CS 5.5 which I installed some days ago. Total disappointment in terms of photoshop: nothing really new, no point of updating from CS5 to CS 5.5  IMHO if your main use of CS is PS.

But I have to add immediately: huge leaps forward in terms of InDesign and DreamWeaver (I’m not even sure I even grasp the magnitude of it all yet…). I’ll get back to these later, promise.

The new Photoshop had one thing which got me curious: iPad integration so that you can use the iPad as an interface to communicate with your computer. Couple of apps available in the App Store – 3.99 if I remember correctly – but the only one I consider worth mentioning for my line of work is  called Adobe Nav.

Basically it is a touch pad which let’s you control the tools you use. It works, it’s nice, very easy to set up, robust in that sense… But still… no, not for me.If  you do PS professionally, you most probably have kinetic memory in your fingers for the keyboard shortcuts, and you are much better off with them. If you have an iPad and want to use it with PS, you are much better off  using it thru Air Display (App Store) as a secondary display when on the road.

But then again: the possibility to hook into you PS like that promises a lot in the future with the Adobe/iPad integration area.Basically what happened now was that Adobe opened the doors for indie developers to come up with some cool stuff. And they will, I’m sure.

One bug (a major one) I found using the Adobe Nav: it freezes some functions of my PS 5.1 . Most notably one of the shortcuts which I use almost with every picture I do: “FADE” i.e. cmd+shift+f . For some reason, that does not work when iPad is set up with Adobe Nav and connected – not from the menus, not from the keyboard.

A feedback to Adobe could also be concerning the right side navigation buttons: whereas there is button for “screen mode” and “actual pixels” there is no “fit screen” button which would be essential to go with the “actual pixels” one.  And the front/back color display which takes the whole  of the upper right-hand corner is totally unnecessary waste of digital real estate.

But: interesting.

4 Comments

  1. Mikko
    May 14, 2011

    Have you ever considered a real office table?
    That doesn’t look the most ergonomical working table ;)

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    • kkuukka
      May 14, 2011

      Sure… But would need an Office for that… :-) I had one in my previous house, even in the present one i was doing ok until the kids came along…

      Reply
  2. hopper stone
    May 22, 2011

    Too many interfaces? Which interface would you like me to remove, Your Majesty? (With apologies to “Amadeus”).

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    • kkuukka
      May 22, 2011

      I thought it was Rubinstein… :-)

      Reply

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