General feedback on the new bloated Desktop
Here is some feedback on this ill-conceived, poorly implemented socalled Adobe Desktop App.
Ignoring for a moment, that it only works (starts up) a small percentage of the time, which I have reported separately here (, here goes:
a) The old small (dockable) version worked just fine. Did its thing, and stayed QUIET unless there were updates or a login needed..
I would not allocate 1 single cent of my $640/year in app subscription cost to having the desktop app.
It exists ONLY for Adobe's own management purposes. I can pretty much guarantee that not one user in this
world pays an Adobe subscription to get the obnoxious Adobe Desktop. We pay for the Apps.
Whatever marketing guy walked into the Developer group and put this new Desktop on the board (killing the old functionality) should be kicked out of Adobe.
b) I agree with the comments from many others on size. WAY, WAY too big, undockable, intrusively large without showing ANY information of value. I say that while having 4 x 27 inch 4K monitors for it to land on. I can only feel sorry for people that run this monster on a smaller monitor, or (GULPPP) on a laptop screen.
c) Personally, I do NOT use the Desktop app to start my apps. I Pin the apps most used (Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge) to the taskbar and Start Page. I NEVER start any of these apps from the Adobe desktop, but might use the (old, smaller) Desktop to start less used apps. But thats probably just me.
If the socalled Desktop was a small unobtrusive popup (more like a docked or popup menu list, I probably would use it).
d) Managing Cloud Libraries in the new Desktop. Unnecessary functionality as far as I can see.
99% of the time I manage library items in their respective apps, otherwise I use Bridge. Never would I use the Desktop app.
e) The new desktop is littered with goofy links and paths, where you never know where you end up. Is it an advertising page in the desktop itself (trying to explain to me about an app or why I should "buy" an app I already have used for years), or will it call up my browser sending me onto a main product page on Adobe. HIGHLY annoying. A short pop-up description, maybe with a "See more" link known to call up the browser might be nice.)
The old Desktop's "View Changes", or whatever it was called is necessary. Before clicking the update button, I like to see what changed. Not a whole product marketing description. Just an overview of changes.
f) The Universe of Adobe apps (where I subscribe to its entirety) is currently so intertwined with the foolish Desktop app, that it puts some EXTREME requirements on it's 100% stability, reliability, and robustness.
It (and the oodles of underling processes started under it) have their paws in updates, library, document cloud, EVERYTHING. The apps we pay for depend on it, call on it (Help->Updates), and assume it is always there.
Click "Help" -> "Updates" in an app, and all it does is try to call up the desktop app (which then will not start).
If (as usual) the Desktop fails to start, then when killed off, half the time Libraries and document cloud are claimed as unavailable in apps like Photoshop/Illustrator. ("Please log in to Creative Cloud" they claim (while also saying that I am "logged in" to the app itself and are otherwise running fine.)
At times, I leave the failed Desktop app hanging in the "Quit or Repair" window, when it fails to start, just to make sure that the processes started in that grouping behind it keep running so I can use the Apps that I actually pay for.
Bottomline, for me all the "Desktop app" should do is handle installs/updates. All the other stuff is superfluous stuff that is meaningless to me. I subscribe and pay for the real Adobe Apps. Not a goofy Desktop that tries to take over my system while also being as large and obtrusive as possible. Already half my tasklist is filled with an extreme set of Adobe background processes and services (in multiple copies no less) that start up whether asked to or not. And all this Adobe fluff runs whether my day is scheduled to even use a single Adobe app or not. My system is forced to run a dozen of more Adobe processes, all taking away memory and CPU. A seriously bloated environment, that runs whether I want/need them to or not. After installing Adobe, there is no longer any way for me to run a clean system if I do software development that day.
I have been using Adobe products since the days where I purchased copies of the old Creative Suite assembly of software, and while I still love the Apps themselves, moving so much functionality into a bloated "Desktop", making sure that the Apps cannot live on their own anymore is a mistake.
Heck, Since my Desktop app cannot start up 99% of the time, these days I cannot even update the individual apps manually through a download of for example Photoshop. All that download does these days is download another copy of the Desktop, and then try to THROW into the Desktop to do the actual app install. OK, if the desktop was robust enough to work flawlessly 100% of the time, but as it is today? ARRRGHH. Cannot even bypass the Desktop to update apps.