I Am Twenty

I Am Twenty

Light the candles, turn off the lights, start singing out of time and tune. It can only be birthday time. Alas, not for me, my twentieth is a distant and fading memory but next Friday Adobe's ubiquitous Photoshop software turns twenty. Hurrah!

It's hard to believe that one of the pieces of software I use on a daily basis is old enough that if it were a person we could probably share semi-intelligent tech-based conversation over an imported lager or two before realising we had very little in common, but, if Moore's Law* still holds up in 2010 then it's really no surprise.

What is surprising is the move Photoshop has made from that of the techie's number one image editing package to the scourge of glossy fashion magazines and ad campaigns worldwide. How and why did this happen? Try spending ten minutes on the Photoshop Disasters Blog and you'll find your answer, I mean, this almost killed me. Happy birthday Photoshop!

* Okay, so Moore's Law relates to hardware but what do you think software runs on!?