Adobe Stock Photos
For example, the image in the tutorial was about $300. (The FAQ says $50 to $500 per image per resolution.) No, I'm not spending that kind of money to produce a web page.
There is a confusing license
Most comp images ... are not licensed for production use.Of course - I could not find that in the license. Actually the phrase comp image is not defined in any of the Adobe documents (I even tried F1 help) ... it could mean almost anything.
How long can I use a comp image after I've downloaded it?
The license agreement for a comp image allows for a 30-day tryout usage of the image.
I couldn't make this up if I tried.
Basically, then entire purpose of this application to sell photos - what a rip off. (Unless you are making a living producing graphics for profit, then this makes a lot of sense.)
This is one application I won't install again.
(PS - In the old days, Corel Draw came with a CD full of clip art and photos.)
If I right click, I can still select Preview ... but this used to be the default.
Question - This system has Flash, Photoshop, and Illustrator ... what purpose does Fireworks serve anyway? (I won't reinstall this either.)
Windows Explorer and IE are Crippled
Double clicking an *.html file opens it in IE.
For some reason, Windows Explorer is checking out DreamWeaver, Soundbooth, Fireworks, Flash Player, Acrobat Reader, and more Adobe files on the USB drive. Via RegMon, these are associated with
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ApplicationsIn all fairness, this appears to be a Windows XP design problem - there is no way that double clicking an *.txt file (configured to open in notepad) should require Windows Explorer to see which Adobe applications are still available.
Apparently, the rule here is that no programs should be placed on USB drives.
I am still collecting data on this ... but it takes a while for the USB drive to power down.
Size on Z-Drive
|These values contain all the folders below - this is included as just a summary.
|Do NOT put this on a removable drive ... it will cause extreme system slowness. This is the size left AFTER I uninstalled the software. All but 2 directories were empty.
|Adobe After Effects CS3
|Adobe Bridge CS3
|This is a file manager substitute which allows you to
add a description and rating (metadata) to each file.
This directory increases its size with use.
This is probably worth keeping
|Adobe Contribute CS3
|Not worth keeping
|Adobe Device Central CS3
|This is used to develop and test Flash movies for cell phones. Not worth loading ... but it does allow you to compare phones if you are looking to buy a new one.
|Adobe Dreamweaver CS3
|I code web pages in notepad. This has no value to me.
|Adobe Encore CS3
|Adobe Extension Manager
|Adobe Fireworks CS3
|Adobe Flash CS3
|Adobe Flash CS3 Video Encoder
|Adobe Illustrator CS3
|Adobe InDesign CS3
|Adobe Photoshop CS3
|Adobe Premiere Pro CS3
|Adobe Soundbooth CS3
|Adobe Soundbooth Scores
|I will keep this on the remote drive
|Adobe Stock Photos CS3
|Tool to help you buy $300 images. Has no value for me.
Size on C-Drive
|This is stored in a hidden directory on the c-drive
C:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Adobe
|Flash Help Files
|I don't get it, the Flash help is stored on MY computer
as html files, but it is displayed in a
fairly lame browser.
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\ Application Data\Adobe\Flash CS3
|You would think that all of their icons would be in here.
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe
Disc Progress: Disk n of 5However, there are only 4 DVD's
Now, everytime I right click any file in Windows Explorer, I have to wait for the USB drive to restart. This is because there are two acrobat selections in the the pop-up menu.
I am no longer able to remove the USB drive - Windows says that it is in use. Using Processes Explorer, there are 3 active Acrobat dll's. (I searched for all active dll's on the z-drive.)
explorer.exe z:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat Elements\ContextMenu.dll spoolsv.exe z:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\adistres.dll iexplore.exe z:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\AcrolEFavClient.dll
spoolsv got me curious ... from notepad, when I try to print,
Adobe PDF is now an option.
In fact, it appears to be available for all applications.
On the one hand, this is pretty cool ... but on the other hand,
it cripples my system. In fact, CS3 is already using
Coming back from standby, Windows Explorer hung ... this problem went away after removing Acrobat ... now it is back.
On re-boot, this was running
Z:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\Acrotray.exeand using 5 dll's on the USB drive. There was no indication of this on the desktop. There is a Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional icon on the desktop (I never allow programs to create these when there is an option).
The next step is to deactivate CS3, then uninstall it, then to load only Flash and Soundbooth on the c-drive. Details will be recorded on Part 3.