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.
Kelvin Myles commented
The new Creative Cloud Desktop is absolutely awful. Too large, too intrusive, forcing more unwanted folders onto our systems and quite frankly a clunky unpolished app not worthy of the Adobe name.
Hopefully you will listen to user feedback and reinstate the earlier launcher or, at the very least, allow us to choose which features we want and disable the rest.
I've already removed the Desktop App from my startup. Unfortunately it launches when checking updates etc from inside the applications and then cannot be exited!!!!
Thankfully we can kill the process but how unprofessional to force this travesty on users and not allow us to cease using it.
I would like to say this creative cloud desktop "experience" has reduced my workflow efficiency and has cause tremendous unnecessary frustration. I would like to see an option to select a minimal view or launcher view of the Creative cloud desktop "experience". Please.
PLEASE give the OPTION to select a SIMPLER interface for those of us that use it as an app launcher. PLEASE.
I was hoping the new update this morning would solve the enormous version of the creative cloud app that no one likes...it did not. What would be great is if you could at least roll back to the old version like you can on the other apps.
I don't think I've opened this new design more than a couple times except to make sure my files and fonts are synced. I even turned off the "launch at startup" options because I like it that much.
Unfortunately the reality is that the "opportunity" of having all this extra noise that nobody wants is too great for them to care about actual user experience, so I doubt they'll do anything about it. Business > product.
I agree with everyone go back to previous dropdown
The launcher is too large and bulky and would benefit greatly from having an optional compact version that uses list view like old version.
Just a month ago, when I opened the creative cloud desktop app, it came up pinned to my taskbar in windows 10, taking up less than 4 inches on the side of my uhd screen and having over a dozen apps listed in a single column display visible w/o scrolling. Now I have an unpinnable window that I cannot make less than 9 inches wide, which takes up more than half my 3840 x 2160 px display. In 3x the amount of screen space, I can see 2 and a half apps in each column, or less than 6 apps all told, when the app screen is displayed. This makes no sense, and is very inconvenient while working on either my windows laptop or desktop, and I've heard the apple mac app has the same or similar issues.
I am fairly sure this was done to 'unify' the experience whether on a mobile or desktop device, but the implementation on a desk or laptop with uhd screen space is very bad. I'd like a reversion to the ability to pin the app, and have it take up much less space while displaying much more info on desktop, or at least have it load using a desktop style dependent on physical screen size.
The image shows the minimum amount of screen real estate the app now takes up on my 19" uhd laptop. I can't make the width of the window any smaller. I could make the length smaller, but then I'd only be able to view 2 full apps and 1/4 of the next 2.
p.s. no clue why I'm listed as anonymous when I'm signed in and even have my icon displayed.
Still wondering why this abomination is still here. Tried using it tonight, am starting to wonder if this is just an early April fools joke. Nothing would be purposely designed this way-- every click is a new lesson in how not to do something. Please, please, return to the previous minimalist, functional design-- or just remove the launcher all together. And if this is an early April fools joke, you got us!
I loved the compact version. I Effing hate the whole page look. Adobe WTF?
So useful it's now useless!
Just because you can add a feature, doesn't mean you should.
Back to the native OS app switcher and ignoring Adobe app updates for me.
I am flabbergasted that this new clunky app launching environment is still here. It seems abundantly clear that this new app environment is an epic fail to the real user base-- hard to degrade a functional and exquisitely simple environment any worse, really. Fair to say that most of us want the previous environment back. This feels like one of those disconnected rollouts, an idea from management to be force-fed-- probably marketing/sales related instead of customer-functionality related. I would surmise that developers with an eye for design are embarrassed and frustrated as well. Please restore the previous environment. Or at least give an option to restore the minimalist design. Thanks.
Martin Dubé commented
IT'S JUST TOO BIG!
Allow me to reduce the window to lower then 1025 X 690 pixels. The 690px height is a major bug for me. It's now bigger then my 13" Windows laptop screen and that bugs me A LOT.
I really don't need a 730 X 205 pixels ad banner on a daily base in an app that I pay big money for. That space is in big part why the app does NOT fit in my 13" laptop screen.
I do not object to the new Creative Cloud app, but it certainly needs some significant refinement and adjustments. It seems hard to find many users at this time who actually like what you've done.
1. You need to allow a means for the user to organize their apps in a way that works for them! This could be as easy (easy for me to say) as adding a USER configured category. I may not want to uninstall old versions of an app just yet, (such as Photoshop V 18, while I'm currently using V20.xx) , but I certainly don't want to have to see it every time I open Creative Cloud, and have to navigate through a bunch of apps I'm not using. This is just plain silly.
At the bare minimum, and this is truly the MINIMUM, make the most recently used apps appear at the top, in EVERY category.
2. I agree with others that having a "Compact" view, with mostly text based interface, would be desirable. Doesn't seem like this should be too difficult, or unreasonable to expect. I can actually shrink Photoshop and other apps down to a TINY little window on my desktop.......... but NO, not Creative Cloud. Why does this make any sense?
3. Update Info. This is HUGE!! When I'm prompted to update, why can't I see what the changes are??? I would at least expect a quick, obvious link to explain the changes so I can make an intelligent decision whether to update. Currently, your links treat me like a novice user, not like someone who needs to know what's new.
4. The banner.......... This is a minor issue, and yes, I can just scroll down, but it is annoying to people. Yes, I know you want to sell Adobe stock. But I don't feel like I should need to look at your ads in an app that I'm paying for the privilege of using. I can enjoy your Adobe Stock ads everywhere else on the internet.
These are the most obvious items for me after just a couple of hours with the new CC app. I look forward to your improvements and updates.
The overall layout is fine on big resolutions, but than obnoxious banner in the middle with ads and useless information takes half the space.
The new Creative Cloud desktop app is making my macbook run soooo slowww now. The fan is constantly going. Also having a lot of trouble loading fonts which was never an issue before this update. It's like the app is sucking up all the juice!
I understand what they were going for, but I like simple better.
Adobe has gone from an elegant, simple and well organized launch/update of it's apps to the feel of a startup company. There are "many" apps in the adobe world-- and adding unintuitive complexity and a cumbersome navigation into organizing them, as can be seen from the 100% negative feedback, seems disconnected from the real user experience. So, I have just removed the launcher from startup, and will go back to the old fashioned way-- windows, start, and load it from there-- will do manual updates from within the app. Just can't use this thing, yuck. Please restore the previous, excellent design as soon as possible.
The new drop-down menu interface for Creative Cloud SUCKS!!!!!! It's horrible, awful. Why is Adobe spending time breaking things that aren't broken?
Chris Knight commented
So, like many users here, I dislike the ridiculous redesign. Most importantly, here's the worst part of this new "experience."
When a program offers an update, I do not want to click update until I understand why the update is available, what the changes are, and how it will affect my current workflow. In the previous CC app, this information was right there next to the update button. In this version, there's a cute little graduation cap, inferring that if I click it, I'll learn more about the update available. Instead, I'm taken to a new page that explains what the program is about - as if I had never used it before. Which is nonsensical, because I already have it installed, and don't need to be sold on the program. Just tell me why you've provided an update. That's all. All of this worked in the previous tiny little window, so I'm not sure why a much larger window can't do the same (if not more).
Steven Sasaki commented
This is the most horrible and unusable update ever!!! This just really makes the app totally useless - taking up my entire laptop screen and forcing me to scroll around to launch my desired applications or get updates. What used to be a useful tool has turned into a useless, non-configurable alternate desktop. I really just want to be able to launch nd maintain my photography related apps in an efficient manner.