Aviary vs. Adobe and the ultimate Photoshop contests
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They may be able too, but I feel adobe will always be king
Nikos, I think many share your sentiment. Adobe certainly represents the most popular professional design software, and I don't expect that to change any time soon.
Still, there's something to be said for making a move into Software as a Service. Many believe that SaaS is the future of software. I think that as the business world becomes more comfortable with storing sensitive information (such as client logo concepts) in an online environment, the more realistic it is that professional design firms would employ the use of such software. Salesforce.com already does this, and one could argue that the contents of a good CRM database represent proprietary information, indeed.
Aviary might be more of an "in-betweener's" tool; a suite of services used by intermediate designers such as private webmasters. I do know that the people behind Aviary have stated that the platform is not intended to compete with Adobe products.
I also realize that Adobe is not oblivious to software trends. If the company feels there is a market for a professional suite distributed SaaS-style, then it will undoubtedly make that move.
You're right - Adobe is king. Still, even Rome's days were numbered.
valid points Brian thanks
Ahh... I looked into it a bit more and it seems Adobe does indeed have plans to implement Software as a Service - though the company said in 2007 that it might take as long as ten years to transition enterprise software such as Photoshop to a web-based platform.
The king isn't going to relinquish the throne easily! Nikos, thank you again for your thoughtful comments.
to get photoshop into a flex app like aviary would be a huge task
I compared these two for about a month and it seems that Aviary has something going for them. Though it is true that Adobe will eventually move to the web, that give Aviary that much more time to improve the quality of their product. I really hope a real competitor like Aviary hits the market if for no other reason than to drive down the price of Adobe.
Thank your for your post, and wow! I would love to learn more about your comparison - what features did you compare? Did you create the same/similar artwork in both? What were your findings?
It would be great if we could do a side-by-side, screenshot-by-screenshot (or video) comparison of turning an "A" into a "B" in Photoshop and Aviary. We could count the steps, rate the complexity of tasks, and judge the final products. You've given me inspiration!
On the competition note - yes, I think you and me and everyone else out there would love to see a viable competitor who could at the very least drive down Adobe's somewhat-ridiculous prices!
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