"Interface is still stone-age..."2.0 starson by dtews4
Pros: Powerful, flexible
Cons: Requires huge and/or multiple monitors
Summary: Although I have yet to upgrade to CS2, the editor's review appears to confirm a glaring weakness in Photoshop's interface I've experienced in CS1. Many of Photoshop's features can only be accessed via space hogging palettes. One must keep many palettes open simultaneosly in order to work efficiently, which uses up a huge amount of screen real estate. Having a second monitor, or huge screen is almost a must.
In comparison to other apps today, this is absolutely stone-age. The workflow in apps like Corel Photo Paint is much faster and easier. Although highly detailed palettes are available, most functions are available in a dynamic, changing tool bar whose contents change depending on the tool currently active. I find working in Corel to be faster, more efficient, and generally more pleasant than Photoshop, which is exceedingly klutzy in comparison.
Even the toolbars themselves are far more space efficient in Corel. Related tools, such as lasso, rectangular, and irregular masking tools, are all nested under one master button. Hit that button and all the masking tools unfold into view. After selecting a specific tool, the button collapses again.
In Photoshop, virtually every tool has it's own dedicated button, permenantly taking up a chunk of screen space. This further contributes to a large, cluttered and space-hogging toolspace.
In terms of editing features, the Adobe team has provided an impressive product with few competitors approaching its capabilities. If they could just bring their antiquated, inefficient interface up to twenty-first century standards, there would be little else one could ask for.