has anybody jumped platforms lately?

By in monolog on March 15, 2010

lately I have this “grass is greener” feeling. that I’m missing something by not dividing my time between the platforms more. and I’m getting this even though I spend time in Linux (server not desktop), Windows XP, and 7 throughout my week.

I’m mostly happy with my work flow but from time to time I look at other tools to do work. I feel that it’s important to stay current. and if current means leaving one platform for another I’m all for it. for example Final Cut and Sound Track are tools that I use in my day to day. but FCP really bugs me lately because it feels like an app from a decade ago. and Sound Track seems nice until you have to wait for Wave Forms to draw again for the 3rd time. that means I’m looking at Adobe, Avid or Sony as a place to do media work. it also means potentially disgustingly cheap hardware. although I will spend the money to re-fan the thing so it’s quiet. I’m not in a hurry to make a jump because NAB is around the corner. this almost always brings a new version(s) of everything to the table.

unlike router software which has no impact for it’s use OS or tool switching has the devil you know factor to contend with. it’s pretty hard to undo years long learned habits and twitches. thinking at the speed of think is pretty important. it’s no fun to have to stop a thought to look up how to make it happen. but some things are the same no matter where you do that work. editing, writing, photo retouching, uploading are all those things. although the Control placement on the keyboard makes some things feel awkward (no problem you say, just make CAPS lock into CTRL – done!) and this kind of thing that makes it even possible for me to consider something else.

I’m not going to ditch to another place entirely but I’m wondering if anyone has and why.