April 2013 Archives
Apple's transition to a post-Jobs era has to date been a difficult one, marked by a slowing of innovation, a tanking stock price and this week's recent quarterly report marked by the firm's first drop in profits in a decade. On the other hand, Apple is sitting on a cash mountain, iPhone and iPad sales remain strong, iTunes continues to dominate music sales, the App Store is booming, the sales in Apple retail operations are off the charts, and so on.
After all, designers and developers spend most of their time creating the experiences made possible by Adobe tools, which has been the case for a very long time. On a shelf a few feet away from me sits a battered cardboard sleeve in which rests my first purchase of Photoshop, the classic version 3.0 from 1994. Marking the arrival of layers, it instantly transformed image editing. But by then Adobe had long set in motion the digital publishing and graphics revolution by creating the PostScript language, which turned the 1985 Apple LaserWriter into a magical publishing machine for everyone.