WPDFD Issue #68 - November 01, 2003

Left Brain, Right Brain

Where I usually write about the 'right' and 'wrong' in Web page design, this time it's going to be slightly different. 'Right' and 'left!' If you read these articles regularly you will probably have noticed that I go out of my way to make the distinction between 'designers' and 'programmers' when it comes to Web page design. These are very loose terms but roughly, I think of the 'designer' as the person who carries out the more creative side of the work – the layout, general look and feel and presentation.

Adobe GoLive CS

Adobe's new Creative Studio is a suite of their most popular programs bundled-up together - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, GoLive and Acrobat plus a new utility called Version Cue that keeps track of project versions. Although Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat do have their uses in Web design, it is GoLive and Photoshop that I'm going to concentrate on here as they are the most relevant. They will be available separately as new licenses or upgrades when Creative Studio becomes available in November.

Adobe PhotoShop CS

Photoshop just gets better. At a casual glance, it hasn't changed much since version 7 but then how do you improve a program that is just about as perfect as they get? Well, unlike some programs that add features for the sake of adding features, Photoshop adds very little by way of new features, what it does is to improve on ones that it already has. I have loads of photos from various digital cameras on my hard disk and I have always valued Photoshops 'File Browser' facility.

Microsoft have just been successfully sued for half a billion dollars by a small company called Eolas, who claim to hold the patent rights for the technology that permits plug-ins like Flash and QuickTime to work in browsers – and the judges seem to agree. The upshot of all this is that Microsoft has to alter Internet Explorer so that plug-ins can't launch automatically as they do at present.