Adobe’s Lack of Usability: Flash Find and Replace

Adobe is a very talented company on the whole. They have an army of engineers that can make all sorts of digital manipulated miracles and have a proven track record of making the impossible possible. So how they often manage to be so sloppy in their application user interface design is surprising.

Flash’s Find and Replace is a great example of this. The tool clearly has a well thought out function that can find and replace most types of data such as text, font formats, instance, code, and even colors; however, it is entirely crippled by the limited amount of characters that can be displayed by the location field in the results table. As a result, Flash can find just about anything, it just can’t tell you where from.