Hard to believe, but it's been twenty years since the Knolls let the genie out of the...er, I mean since Photoshop first came on the scene.
Thomas Knoll, John Knoll, Steve Guttman and Russell Brown recently gathered to share some "Startup Memories" and toast their creation on AdobeTV. (I was tempted to Photoshop myself in peering over the railing in the screen grab, but I held off. Photoshop, the product that's now a verb.)
Congratulations to the granddaddy of image editors, and its progenitors.
Featured Comment by Matthew Allen: "I'll never miss an excuse to link to this. (Make sure you mouse over the comic for the alt-text.)"
Featured Comment by Kevin: "'granddaddy of image editors'—really? When I were a wee sprog the wisened old gurus (they must have been at least 20) all boasted about their work in Lumena and Ron Scott's QFX. My first photo editing programme was something called Lorraine, IIRC, which Letraset took up and marketed as ImageStudio. Great fun for black and white photos, even if it choked on files bigger than about 50mm square and there were no good, affordable, printers until years after the event. It later begat ColorStudio, which made the serious mistake of coming out about the same time as a half-priced competitor called Photoshop (the developers picked up the wreckage and rebuilt it into what is now Corel Painter). There was also a French programme called Live Paint that came out about the same time which was way faster than Photoshop, although it was more useful for compositing than regular image polishing. But Photomac was pretty comparable to the original version of Photoshop for basic photographic-type work, as opposed to groovy special effects. Point is, in many ways Photoshop is not so much the granddaddy of image editors as the big tough who kicked all the other kids out of the playground. Sadly, its success has made for a much more samey, predictable digital imaging world. Sniff."
Featured Comment by Erlik: "And here's how you do it right: Photoshop masterpieces, from deceptively simple to terrifyingly complex. Not a single overcooked, oversaturated and overly-contrasty image in sight.