Slower release schedule with more stable software
I would like to see a toned down release schedule with much fewer bugs going to release and much longer support for legacy project files (at least 3 years backwards compatibility) . It's very difficult to keep up in post production with so many buggy releases and project files becoming outdated so quickly.
I’m gonna close this request as it is neither a bug report nor a feature request, and therefore non-actionable for the product team.
As I’ve mentioned in the comments section, release schedule and stability are not linked in any way, but your point about quality concerns is well taken, and the same is true for version compatibility – which is potentially actionable for us, and you can vote for it here:
YES! Every time I see an update for Premiere Pro, I cringe because I know I'll have to duplicate each project and rebuild my workspaces.
Premiere has made me a "save-a-holic", forcing me to build muscle memory saving every 20 seconds because I know an inevitable crash is coming. Definitely slows my workflow down.
Listen to you customers Adobe. I have a feeling you're about to lose some with Resolve in the game now. And not to mention FCPX starting to get its act together.
Definitely agree. Or at least give us the ability to save the project in an older version like AE does. There's nothing more frustrating than being halfway through a big project only to find a major Pr bug that's interfering with your work - then being stuck in said version until it's fixed. This is why I favor working in 2015.3 unless I need support for newer features. I think Adobe is trying to encourage people to upgrade and stay in the latest version, but it's actually having the opposite effect.
Adobe, I'll be more willing to use cc2018 if you give me a fallback option. I can't have weird 2018 bugs spring on me and not be able to move to an older version. Until then, I'm gonna rely on older, more stable versions of Premiere.
I agree completely. Having a fundamental feature break every 8 months with a new release isn't okay (project import in v12, PNG in 12.1...) Additionally, forcing users to update projects into formats that aren't backwards compatible is SUPER frustrating and disincentivizes us to use new versions if we know we can't roll back upon finding a bug.
I agree with this suggestion, as exciting as updates and new features are, project file versioning is becoming a little tiresome, as are the bugs that should have been caught before release. The recent PNG bug is a serious headache and is happening to so many people in such common use cases, there's no excuse for this one sneaking through. Also agree with the suggestion of having an open beta program, so people can opt to either try to newest beta release and help report bugs or stick with the newest "stable" release if they aren't ready to chance it.
Devyn Brugge commented
The last three major releases have seriously shaken my confidence in Adobe software engineering.
This is honestly one of the biggest issues I have with premiere atm. I'm strongly considering moving to DaVinci with possibly nuke or flame because Adobe software has become so buggy and fundamentally slow as of recent.
Avinash Lobo commented
An open beta would be great. Something along the lines of the Windows Insider program would benefit Adobe greatly. The Insider program has been a huge success in terms of cracking down on bugs.
What a simple and GREAT idea!
Tim K commented
I highly doubt they will slow down, but I do wish releases were significantly more stable.
Honesty, I wish they would just switch to an open beta program. The closed beta testing they do on new releases is never thorough enough, and important things are constantly breaking.
It seems like a win/win to me. We can have access to new features early if we want to improve the software and try new things, and they get tons of extra eyes picking out all the bugs.
It's not like they have much to hide in terms of new features, as they commonly tease what's coming up, and even do Adobe Sneaks.