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Adobe CS3 icons kinda suck

January 03, 2007 at 10:01 PM

The icons for the Adobe Creative Suite 3 were announced and I'm not a huge fan. They're simple and decent looking enough, but they all kind of look the same. At smaller sizes, such as in your Windows Quick Launch toolbar, the icons that are similar in color are completely indistinguishable from each other. When you look at the many, many different icons there are you'll need a legend to know how to open the program you want.

I am excited that there's still a Fireworks icon in there though. I haven't been following CS3 too closely but after the acquisition of Macromedia by Adobe I thought my favorite image editor might not see another release. At some point I might be okay with the merger of Fireworks and Photoshop if they can give me the option in Photoshop to handle shapes and lines as vectors like I can in Fireworks. Probably as much personal preference as anything, but I just can't use Photoshop when I'm designing a site.

Dreamweaver has been a true green color for a long time (since at least version four) but now it's kind of a brown/yellow color. Strange.

There's a ton of backlash on the icons from the community, but I doubt we see any changes to the icons before launch. Everyone resists change (especially with something some many people are passionate about like the Creative Suite) even if the changes are an improvement, so maybe the new icons will grow on us. With the apps I work with on a regular basis (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks, and Flash) they seem to be far enough away from each other on the color wheel that I'll be okay.

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