Adobe Performance And Stability 'Highest Priority'


USA: Delivering ongoing improvements for the Adobe Creative Cloud video & audio applications, including hardware acceleration for faster exports on macOS and Windows, Adobe has declared that its highest priority is performance and stability.
Improving the performance and stability of our software is our top priority, writes Eric Philpott. Over the past year we have stepped up our engineering efforts in these areas to ensure our users get results. The changes we've made include a shift to more frequent updates, allowing our teams to iterate faster, and introducing the public Beta program that expands our test base and incorporates user engagement and feedback within the development process.
A cadence of regular updates: And this is just the beginning. We will provide regular updates to our community so please bookmark this page if you would like to stay in the know and follow our progress. Here's a look at what we've been up to.
Stability: We pride ourselves on offering professional video applications that run on a wide range of systems across platforms with broad format support. This makes applications like Premiere Pro and After Effects powerful, flexible and highly extensible. At the same time, that flexibility brings the risk of stability issues with unique workflows and configurations across hardware, software, operating systems and GPU. The changes we have been making in our development process are allowing us to address these issues systematically.
The result has been a steady pace of release-over-release improvements over the past 18 months. Analytics allow us to prioritize fixes which will have the most positive impact. Public Beta is speeding up the process and ensures that we remain focused on the areas that matter most to our users.
It's important to note that stability issues do not affect all users equally. We've done extensive research into crash statistics and causes. A large percentage of problems stem from insufficient hardware specs or out-of-date drivers. While an advanced application like Premiere Pro has an answer for almost every workflow question, we recognize that it shouldn't require expert knowledge for a user to keep their system running smoothly.
Last year we introduced the System Compatibility Report in Premiere Pro, which identifies problems with out-of-date drivers. Since we launched this feature, many of our users have been able to take advantage of this information. We will continue to develop reporting capabilities to help our users keep their systems in shape while we also continue to make our applications less susceptible to driver issues in the first place.
Performance: Real-world performance is based on a combination of factors, including file formats, project complexity, and workflow. For video production, performance is highly dependent on hardware capabilities. We post detailed system requirements for Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Character Animator, Adobe Media Encoder, and Premiere Rush. For system upgrades we have a hardware recommendations guide for Premiere Pro and After Effects, including specific configurations from hardware partners like Dell, HP, and Puget Systems.
Performance can be measured in areas like playback (decoding), exporting (encoding), UI responsiveness, and how fast individual features work. Below are some of the areas we have been working to push performance, with examples from recent updates.
Read more at the Adobe Blog.
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