In my ignorance, I would think both things are feasible, although the second would probably be much more difficult to implement than the first. However, I would also think that the following questions should have to be answered before doing anything:
1. Would these features satisfy a need for the majority of users? Or, at least,
2. Would these changes be welcome by the majority of users?
I remember that not so long ago several changes were introduced in the format of these pages, and this produced such an uproar amongst users, that everything had to be brought back to "normal".
I'm quite familiar with the whole "comfort zone" concept and the chaos it can create when people are not in theirs. I'm relatively new to this forum and was curious if the idea had ever been approached. Guess I got my answer!!
>Could they be sortable by date or alphabetical order?
The threads are strictly sorted, by date and time (PST) of latest post. This makes it very easy to follow threads and see what is new. This is the way.
Just imagine alphabetical order in a forum with some 1200 live threads: how often should you look for anything not beginning with A? The poor sods with questions beginning with W or worse would have to add an A first; and where would that leave us?
Edit: I realize that you mean sortable by the user, of course. But I believe it is much easier to use the Forum search.
Alphabetical sorts are useless as there is no consistency in how topics are worded. As just one example, an inordinate number of totally unrelated topics begin with the useless word "Help!" (One may safely assume that someone posts a topic question because he or she is indeed in need of some kind of assistance.) Other common leading words include "How do you..." or "OT", etc.
As pointed out, you can sort the topics by last time a topic is updated or by latest new posted topic, depending upon how you've set your forum preferences.
Theresa, I can understand why you might want this but as you can see from the comments above there are a number of impractical reasons why it would not work, in particular, Neil's comment that there is no consistent and predictable way that people would word their post titles.
Did you know that you can do targeted searches in the Adobe forums with keywords? This might do the trick for you.
This is really not a reply to the topic above but a sort of S.O.S.: I haven't used User to User Forum for some time and now I cannot locate the "Add Topic" venue, even though the instruction is to click on "Back to Topic list" and there would be the "Add Topic".
Yet there is no such phrase as "Add Topic". Unless I am totally visually impaired, I saw no "Add Topic".
Ozpeter thanks, this might be the case i.e. somehow my side is corrupted, hasn't been used for quite a while (little quintuple bypass in March...) I wonder how does one ascertain and then repair it. This Forum is absolutely fantastic in its reach thanks to all the helpful knolwedgeable users. Yours R.P.Held
Thanks, I did find it miraculously - I could swear that it was not there before... the letters are tiny, but there they are!
In the meanwhile I was distracted by other pressing things, so I did not post the topic, but will do it during the weekend when I can breathe freer. Thanks for your continued 'watching' - this is a great 'community' of true well wishers.
I have a very distinct feeling that Adobe doesn't really care about supporting Elements nor about those who have purchased the product.
Like many who have purchased Elements X.X:
1. I AM NOT a professional designer.
2. I don't ordinarily use Elements as an income generating tool.
3. I don't have time to learn a complicated design program like the full "Photoshop" program.
4. "Elements" was a program I could afford
5. I believed that learning "Elements" would give me a good start if I decide to really get into digital photo manipulation and purchase another Adobe product with more features.
6. I may, some day, purchase a more expensive, more "profitable" Adobe product.
What Adobe do to create this "second class client" feeling?
1. Difficulty finding any forums, tutorials, help pages, etc. about "Elements" online at Adobe.com
2. Lumping me and my skill set in with those who have much more experience, and a much more advanced skill set than I have.
3. LACK OF CLEARLY MARKED, EASY TO FIND, EASY TO RECOGNIZE PLACES FOR ELEMENTS USERS.
Was there a corporate decision made to purposely make Elements a "second class, starter, general public" program that didn't deserve spending time and resources on?
Or is it that the Adobe website has not been designed to feature Elements as a legitimate, stand-alone product!
Or is it that "Photoshop Elements" users have been lumped in with all "Photoshop" programs? If so, that's a HUGE mistake.
I believe that I am just as good, just as worthy, and just as deserving of Adobe's support as those who have purchased other Adobe products. If there's a problem, it's very likely the cause is "brand confusion" between Elements and all the other Adobe design products.
1. Rename the product simply "Elements" and drop the tie with "Photoshop".
2. Redefine "Elements" internally as a legitimate, worthwhile program. Give "Elements" the same importance in your corporate world as any other product you have.
3. Concentrate on educating Elements users to become GREAT at using Elements by providing tutorials, staff time and resources to accomplish this.
4. Design and market another, intermediate program priced between the full "Photoshop" program and "Elements." I would say a price of $295 retail would be just right. And, again, name the program so that it is NOT tied with either "Photoshop" or "Elements".
5. Once trained, let "Elements" users know that there is another program that is a bit more advanced but not as inclusive or expensive as the full Photoshop program.
What's in it for Adobe? Happier clients, an new external and internal corporate image that says Elements is a legit program, a new profit center and hopefully, if done right, more corporate profits!
You're welcome Adobe!
Grand Rapids, Michigan
True enough but the first problem is getting to the forum. It is plainly obvious that Adobe does not want many of us on here and therefore they make it difficult to register.
I have registered under my own name several times using several variations (I an not ashamed of my name)using different passwords but each time I log in it refuses to accept it.
Adobe also refuses to acknowledge the "user code" that they themselves emailed me when I tried to register my Photoshop Album.
After two hours of trying I am now here and will try to locate the area where I need to be to find an answer to my problem, which incidentally Adobe does not list and refuses to discuss over the phone.
I just want make my point before I move that this forum is not a welcoming place as far as adobe is concerned.
Regards Ian Greig.
PS not even the spell check works.