Bye Bye Adobe!

 

On Monday the 26th March,  Adobe announced they are dropping the very popular Muse software that us designers use to build websites. Along with that they are ditching Business Catalyst – the website hosting side of the business.

Maybe this seems a bit melodramatic and an insignificant issue to many people, but for the hundreds of thousands of us who have invested time and money in learning, using and buying add-ons for Muse, we are devastated.

The first thing I did was contact my clients who I’ve built websites for using Muse. The doom and gloom of all of this shutting down for good is a couple of years off, but without the support of Adobe and further development of the product, there is little point considering that Muse can be a viable option for much longer.

I was left in quite a quandary – it’s a case of all those sites having to be re-built on another platform, but as a designer and not a coder, there really is no other platform that does what Muse allows me to do. There’s not another piece of software out there that I can simply switch over too. Yes there are options, but none that ticked all the boxes that us designers loved about Muse.

I will endeavour to offer my clients a solution to this problem, once I’ve done the research and found a platform that suits me as a designer and doesn’t require having to learn code – too old for that and really not an option for me. (If one more person suggests this to me I may be heard screaming, rather loudly and using lots of rude words!) This may in due course, mean that I lose some business. I can’t expect all those clients who I built websites for to pay up for me to build another site for them but I’m hoping they will.  I will then work out a way to do this at a discount for them, it’s not their choice to have to have a new site. This was thrust upon us by Adobe – thanks for that!

Trying to stay positive about my own situation, I’m in a fortunate position in that I don’t have a huge portfolio of websites, it’s not the main area of my business. Some people bought into Muse as a way of starting a whole new business. This news will have totally ruined them and their business. Adobe lead us to believe this software was to become a main feature of their Creative Suite. What Adobe have done, without warning, without reason and without a viable alternative, is highly unethical and downright arrogant.

I’ve decided that a company that no longer has their customers as their core reason for existing, but instead favours their share-holders, doesn’t deserve my business. I’m out!

The next few months are going to be on a huge learning curve as I attempt to move all my Adobe software to other companies. I’ve already re-bought Quark to replace InDesign and am trialling Affinity Photo and Designer to replace Photoshop and Illustrator. Finding alternatives to Bridge and Acrobat might prove to be tricky and I will miss all these familiar software applications, but on principal, and sheer determination, I’m not going to support a business that no longer supports me. My monthly subscription for Adobe just keeps going up and up and I’m getting less and less for it.

Bye Bye Adobe – I’m not even going to wish you good luck. It’s not luck you need, it’s a conscience. Find your human side – in the end, money doesn’t make you happy.young beautiful business woman suffering stress working at office asking for help feeling tired

Bigger issues

During a conversation with a friend the other day, something she said made me stop and correct her – in a nice way, not a judgemental way. We were in the midst of a discussion that was basically a tennis match of issues. Hers, then mine, then hers, then mine… you get the idea. At one point, she said to me, “…my issues are not as important…”. Wait a minute, yes they are! Why are her issues not as important as mine? Of course they are, they’re her issues, they’re important to her. There’s no comparing when it comes to sharing your issues with a friend. We all have our issues and no one can tell you that your issues are less important, and neither should you even consider that. A true friend will rate your issues as important as their own. You can help each other to get those problems out there for discussion, find solutions or simply talk your heads off with a bottle of bubbles close by to simply alleviate the stress that they cause. A problem shared and all that.

One thing I’ve learnt over the years of dealing with ‘issues’ is that you cannot put them on a scale from 1 – 10 of importance. They are all equally important. Yes there are problems that we have to deal with on a daily basis in our civilised world that might seem insignificant in comparision to those dealing with ‘third world’ issues; nevertheless, they are our problems and they cause us stress, heartache and sadness. Never beat yourself up for feeling bad about something, it’s your bad time and you’re allowed to feel crap about that. The best thing to do is find someone who you can trust to share that bad time with and thrash it out. You might not solve it, but you’ll have a damn good try and possibly find something to laugh about as well.

Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m off to drink bubbles then to the theatre to see Sunset Boulevard – with a very good friend – therapy!