Compact mode - Minimal view to launch apps and recent files
If you use the Creative Cloud desktop app to launch your applications such as Photoshop or Illustrator, you would like a way to quickly access these shortcuts without launching the full experience with the app catalog, CC library manager, update manager, etc... Let's discuss this feature in this thread.
This software needs some serious de-cluttering!!!! It's a complete hog.
It's been more than six months since it was on the roadmap and there doesn't seem to be any movement at all, but I'm hoping that some action will be taken soon.
I wish I could do something about this app that takes up more than half of my desktop.
(You can argue that you could make a shortcut for each app, but you'll end up worshipping this obtrusive screen when you have to update, etc.)
so like, where on the roadmap?
This ******** thing tries to sell me Stock images on every stupid page. I don't care if there's a discount.
Ramzi Dreessen commented
Please revert the design to what it was before - this is a waste of screen space, and was clearly not thoroughly tested either (for example, even with no updates or installs, a modal appears when attempting to close it, asking about... updates and installs).
added to roadmap. huh.
I can't remember if I posted the ultimate cure to this issue-- MOVE YOUR FAVORITE APPS TO THE DOCK. Drag 'em right from your Applications folder to the Dock. Launch 'em from there. It's sweet, lean and mean. No more all or nothing, no older versions to sift through, no more faint type, or other puzzle-solving. Just group them in your dock (or whatever Windows users have).
Rick Saviano commented
I would like a "favorites" section, hiding the versions that are installed but seldom used (recently used doesn't cut it, in my opinion), and a way for me to arrange how I'd like the products displayed.
For a company that touts being all about presentation and User Experience, it seems there should have been a bit more planning done on the presentation of the Desktop.
If there is a way to "add to favorites," I apologize - there is no intuitively obvious way to get there.
Nice markup. Exciting to see the Product Manager gets it.
Its also frustrating that even though I checked the remove old apps that there are still multiple instances of the same app so it makes finding something even more challenging. PLUS!!....the newest app isn't even listed first (or last) its in the middle of the group of like apps. (PSv21 is listed in between PSv20 and PSv19). It lists as 20, 21, 19...weird.
Really horrible layout. Strange that Adobe thought this was a good idea.
This is a no brainer.
This is so irritating, its a complete new rat maze to open anything! All my pins vaporize upon update, Adobe, why do you do this?
I agree, nice to have this added to the roadmap.
nice to have this added to the roadmap. optimistic that it will be added within the year. hopefully the month.
Angry and violent? Naw. Annoyed yes. I think we should see a little more imagination in how beginner, intermediate, and expert users access their apps. More beta testing? Beginners appreciate the icons. Experts do transparent keyboard shortcuts to launch. So I'm somewhere between the two. Many respondents are as annoyed as I am-- we're paying Adobe 600/year to access their apps-- we don't need a maze, or a hard to read side list of categories.
We don't need to see every app offered, let us get a compact view which gives us access to just INSTALLED apps, then ratchet that display down from full data with What's New and Learning links for each, to just a nice modest collapsable palette of icons-- and associated keyboard launch shortcuts. That should put the matter to rest.
If you care about the apps-- you put care into the gateway.
Joe Mesot commented
I am really concerned by the comments here. Everyone just seems so angry and violent. I think Adobe understands that the larger interface is not liked by the community as a whole, but let's be honest, it's just a software application here, it's not the end of the world, and no one is dying from it, so can we just dial it down a notch or two please, thanks.
Now, to get back on topic, I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with this larger interface, but I do take issue with the complexity involved in launching an application. What I would like to see is something quicker, and easier to navigate, but not as clunky as the old interface either.
Instead of left clicking the system try icon and automatically opening the app, I would like to see something similar to how the Steam system try icon works. You click it and a small compact menu opens up showing the last 4 games you launched. In the case of CC, it could have the last 4 applications you launched, and then hovering over the application produces a sub menu of x number of most recent documents for that application, clicking the application name and icon opens the application, clicking a document opens the application and the document, something like the attached screenshot, of course since I don't use a Mac, this is a Windows based approach, not sure if it could work the same way on Mac.
Double clicking the icon would then open the larger app which would provide access to the account and all of the other features.
At least have Compact mode as an option.
Whoever designed this large version should be fired. Look how damn busy the design is.
It's total crap
I'm following the conversation since Begin. Slowly I'm worried. I am appalled that Adobe has stopped responding since the beginning! It seems to me that our objections are simply ignored. HELLO ADOBE, is there anybody who takes our users needs seriously? Or do you have a marketing strategy to push through by hook or crook, regardless of losses? It would be nice if someone commented on it and explained how it goes on.
Only thing I can say to existing users of the Adobe suite is, don't stop complaining about this, mobilize others to chime in-- else it will just become the new normal. It truly is a shame, because Adobe has such a fine suite of applications-- this new clunky launcher platform should be an options for people trying to decide whether or not to subscribe-- not mandated to existing users of the software (who want function and uber-simplicity). It is quite simple to make the options available to choose one or the other-- not offering that choice may have its motives in the marketing arena.
None of this is the big stuff of life-- there are far more important things to grapple with every day, for sure. But from the customer appreciation and business reputation angle, the clear message on this thread is "pay attention to existing subscribers as priority #1, not just prospective subscribers". Word of mouth will draw people to the platform. It's how I moved to Adobe, and am very glad I did (minus the new launcher...).
I hope Adobe is monitoring this thread-- it is grassroots feedback, and the message is overwhelmingly clear. We like the Adobe suite a lot-- but are asking for our minimalist launcher/updater back (perhaps even more minimalist...).
Franck Payen commented
I have another request around here : when you HAVE TO keep multiple versions of your apps (plugins, trainings…), you are confronted to the "huge screen of only 4 apps"…