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733 diskettes were needed to install Photoshop on the PC in 2013

733 diskettes were needed to install Photoshop on the PC in 2013

In 2013, 733 diskettes would be needed to install Photoshop CC, the current version of the image editing program that year. The information was made public by the Adobe manufacturer itself, on the official software page, some time ago. The website Diy Photography raised the issue and added that the 1994 edition “Photoshop 3” was accompanied by “a series of floppy disks” to be installed on the PC. Quite different from today, where programs are distributed via the network and exchange of “P2P” files, against the physical media of the 80s and 90s.

«Photoshop 3.0 was the last version of Photoshop to be sold on floppy disks. If Photoshop was sold on floppy disks today, it would need to be installed with 733 disks,» said Adobe, on Facebook, in 2013.

Editing photos including the same person multiple times

At the time of Photoshop 3, the program was installed on the most modern type of computer, to support the weight of editing images in real time. Functions were limited compared to the present day. Still, it was what we had most advanced in those years, in which the advanced technology in short steps to become what it is today – with Photoshop right in the palm of our hands, via smartphones.

1 of 1 Photoshop simulates modern installation on old floppy disks – Photo: Reproduction / Felipe Vinha

Photoshop simulates modern installation on old floppy disks – Photo: Reproduction / Felipe Vinha

To give you an idea, a 3.5 inch floppy disk, or «floppy disk», had the capacity to store around 1.44MB in data. Currently, computers no longer come with standard inputs for this type of media. There are even computer users who have never had contact with a floppy disk, which is not absurd, since most PCs are no longer compatible with them since 2010.

Two thousand floppy disks in 2017

Currently, Photoshop CC 2017 weighs no less than 3.1GB, which would require more than two thousand floppy disks. Currently, Photoshop CC also calls for a 64-bit processor with 2Ghz speed, in addition to 2GB memory. In 2013, this configuration was still present in only a few more advanced machines in computing.