did you think of designing the site only on Photoshop?
I was a Photoshop instructor and
found that there were many Photoshop sites but no directory to find
them. Search engines results by that time (1999) were very inaccurate,
so I decided to build a "roadmap" to those sites.
you use this software for your business?
Yes, but more as a tool. I'm now
busy arranging deals with software companies and developing other
is your experience of running the Photoshop site?
Incredible! Through these years,
I learned all aspects of the web: Building a site, programming scripts,
setting up servers, a lot of web marketing and email marketing, etc.
I did almost everything related to
you supply subscribers in the first newsletter?
An overwhelming amount of resources
and tutorials (at least that's what my subscribers say!
did you think of starting with second newsletter?
Because I was receiving so positive
feedback about my first newsletter. So I wanted to go one step forward
and offer a second newsletter with more specific content that could
be used as a reference.
you find any serious competition to Photoshop?
No. In fact the most serious competition
to Photoshop is from Adobe itself: Photoshop Elements. Of course there
are a lot of excellent programs, but Photoshop is king.
Tell us your opinion
about the third party plug ins.
That's another point that the web
was not addressing well. There were little plugin resources and they
were outdated except for one or two sites. I wanted to show my visitors
that there were a lot of great plugins that they could use. Until
year 2001, when AutoFx released it's first version of DreamSuite,
the plugin market was somehow sleep. Since that release, it seems
that companies started again to produce great plugins. There are a
lot of excellent plugins. I try to offer them at my site. Now I'm
working with Frischluft, AVbros, AutoFX, Andromeda and HumanSoftware.
I will be offering more plugins in the near future.
are lots of books displayed on your site. Is there a good response
to Photoshop books or people prefer training cds?
Both sell well, but there's a big
difference in prices so people stick more to books than to training
cds, but training cds are also very required.
they really interested in textures and ready-made templates?
humm... Regarding textures, there's
a certain interest, but there are a lot of free resources, so people
stick more to that option than to buy them. Anyway, my Paper Backgrounds
are quite unique and it is hard, (if not impossible) to find a similar
option. Regarding templates, I'm just started testing them. It seems
a hot product, but I'm offering them since December, so I don't have
a precise answer. But as you may have seen, there are dozens of template
you find Photoshop in the future?
In the same place as now: Being the
type of more additions we may see on your site?
Well... I run my site at afterwork
hours, so additions are more impulsive than planned. Also, since November
I'm facing a BIG bandwidth over usage problem that made me remove
many images from my site. As far as I can plan in advance, I will
be adding more tutorials and more exposure to great Photoshop plugins
and related products.
Your future planning?
I'm leaving on summer vacation (here
in Argentina it's the end of summer), so I can only think on resting
;-) Anyway, this year I will be updating and growing The Photoshop
Roadmap. And by the end of the year I have plans to start a software
company. I have two products in mind: a collections of graphics and
design training ebooks and... a Photoshop plugin.