Rick Vanderveer
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_rick_v_ reviewed on 22 Mar 2014
I suspect I’ll be in small minority when I say this, but…

For us, Creative Cloud has been great. I totally get how this is a terrible move from the perspective of the small shop that doesn’t need to upgrade every year. But for me, it means not having to argue the justification for upgrades (and hope the budget gets approved) every year, or track serial numbers (a tedious job that must be meticulously maintained). And Creative Cloud for Teams has brought a godsend for license management— someone leave? Simply remove their email address. Someone needs Photoshop? Simply add their email to the Teams page.

Like I said, I see how independent contractors and small shops would hate this. I get that. But not all of us think so.

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_rick_v_ replied on 27 Mar 2014
I work for a large global company. And like most large companies, Macs make up a relatively small percentage of total computers. Yet, our workflow necessitates working across platforms (Windows and Mac), as well as frequently exchanging source files with clients directly. Sometimes the project may mandate Premiere, even though our in-house guys prefer Final Cut (as per client requirement). Same goes for Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, and so on.

So suggesting we could do a drop-in replacement with a few low-cost Mac-only alternatives is a joke. And suggesting that because I gave it a high mark means I must work for Adobe is a joke.

I appreciate, and even encourage, the move away from Adobe products. Personally, I don’t even install Flash on my computer. But as I said in my original statement; Adobe makes it trivially easy to manage large numbers of users. Frankly, I wish all software management was this easy. I stand by my original rating.

_rick_v_ reviewed on 22 May 2012
Like most people here, I too hate that we’re required to have Silverlight install, just because of Netflix. As is “best practice”, I run with as few plugins as possible, as each one represents a real or potential security hole. (You can physically remove plugins by looking here: ‘/Library/Internet Plugins/’ and here: ‘/Users/YourUsername/Library/Internet Plugins/’). Netflix chose Silverlight because at the time it was the only cross-platform codec that supported DRM at the time. (And, as you can guess, DRM was required by the movie studios so that Netflix didn’t turn into a movie-downloading site).

Speaking objectively, Silverlight does have some really nice features that are unmatched by Flash or Quicktime. Namely, not only the ability to throttle down due to bandwidth congestion, but more importantly the ability to throttle back up as congestion loosens. I also like Silverlights way of handling scrubbing thru a movie.

And, as others have pointed out, it looks like Microsoft has depreciated Silverlight in favor of supporting the industry-adopted h.264. This, of course, is a good thing. Hopefully those Silverlight-developed features will be rolled into the next version of h.264 (h.265?).

Yes, it sucks that we have to have Silverlight installed for essentially the one website on the entire planet that uses it. But, as far as the plugin itself is concerned, it’s not all that bad. It doesn’t suck down your machine like Flash does, for example.
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