Luke Kaven: I think the developers of actual up-to-date software, such as Nuke, should invest in the still photography market and take the photoshop market. They've already done what Adobe should have done a decade ago: developed an efficient, well thought-out dataflow architecture for image processing, upon which can be built all manner of abstractions -- including layers and everything that photoshop can do.
Adobe got lazy with photoshop many, many years ago, and have only been just sliding by on sheer entrenchment alone. This ridiculous program should be rendered extinct once and for all. Better ideas exist and can be deployed.
I for one would pony up a year's worth of Adobe subscription fees to the developer who promises to make the next generation of still image processing software, and offers a perpetual license with upgrades. If a million of us did the same thing, it would underwrite new product development, and we'd be free of Adobe once and for all.
I am amazed by Adobe's ignorance and smugness. This is suicide!