Adobe created a “Save For Web” option (in Photoshop 3, if I remember rightly), and Furbo Filters’s beautiful market was gone in a moment. All that remains as a memento of that time and that product is the domain name furbo.org, which is where Craig keeps his blog.
I was reminded of this during a workplace discussion about the seeming disappearance of “Save For Web” from modern Photoshop.
To be clear, “Save For Web” still exists in Photoshop CC 2015. But it has clearly been deprecated, as is indicated by both UX (“Save For Web” no longer appears in the part of the interface where we’ve been trained to look for it for the past twenty years) and language: when we stumble onto “Save For Web” hiding under Export, after not finding it where we expect it, we’re presented with the words “Save For Web (Legacy),” clearly indicating that the feature is no longer a recommended part of today’s workflow.
Adobe explains: “Because Save for Web is built on the former ImageReady product (now discontinued), the code is too antiquated to maintain and develop new features.” (If Furbo Filters and DeBabelizer didn’t resurrect dead brain cells for some of you, I bet “ImageReady” did. Remember that one? Also, how scary is it for me that half the tools I’ve used in my career only exist today as Wikipedia entries?)
Instead of Save For Web, we’re to use Export: Export As…, which Adobe has built on its Generator platform.