Buying Adobe Photoshop CS6

Designer Pat Dryburgh’s much passed around account of Photoshop upgrade woes is totally worth the attention it’s getting. His praise of small shops like Panic is what really sells his opinion:

How is it that a small, independent Mac development shop can make this experience so incredibly pleasing, while Adobe—a company with over 9,000 employees and 30 years of experience—can’t process an order quicker than 24 hours?

Wait… Photoshop CS4 just crashed. I think I’ve got my answer.

I find myself increasingly in the situation Pat did. The Adobe Creative Suite is awesome yet bloated, crash-prone, and overkill for at least half of what I throw at it. Pixelmator and [Sketch] have been logical next steps.