Update: John Nack from Adobe mentions a simpler solution for this particular menu behavior.
CS4 brings back the joy of the default ‘Show all Menu Items”. As I’ve previously written when CS3 came out, there is a way to manually modify the Edit>Menu options to enable all menu items to be displayed. It’s kinda lame that they enable this by default and offer no simple one-click solution to show all menu items.
I’m happy to report that my custom menu file works in CS4 just as well. Just double-click the Everything_on.mnu file and Photoshop will launch, putting the settings into place.*
As to why Adobe has this default probably goes into issues designing the interface of a complex application. By hiding what they believe to be the least used items, it makes things appear simpler.
However, as a professional application I find this to be a bit oxymoronish. Why not prompt the user on first run with a simple series of questions.
What do you plan on doing with Photoshop?
- I’m new here, just the basics
- Oh, you know, family photos, work on my personal site
- I’m a web guy, I usually start from scratch
- I’m a professional pixel wrangler, show me everything
Ok, while that’s by no means an ideal set of default options I hope you get the gist of what I’m trying to say.
Ask the user, don’t make assumptions and then make it possible to easily show all menu items.
*With my limited testing this didn’t effect palettes or keyboard shortcuts, but YMMV.