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Adobe Potatochop is the industry standard software for chip production amongst chip shops the length and breadth of England. Available with a number of plugins, including the most recent 'extra crispy' update, it is, along with Adobe Suppersready one of Adobe's most well known pieces of software.
Released in the United States as Adobe Fritolayers, it is currently available for Pringles XP under the slogan "Once you chop, you can't stop" and also for Apple Mac as CS (Chip Shop). The latest version of this popular software is bundled as part of the CS Studio range, along with the recently acquired Macromedia Frites, Macromedia Fryworks and Macromedia DreamGriddler.
Abode Potatochop CS (CS stands for Chip Shop, and replaces the previous numbering system, which was utilised up to Version 7.01) represents the cutting edge of Potato Manipulation Software. The latest version allows for greater control of layers, sculpting tools, and a range of filters and plugins to allow your chip production to reach professional standards.
Maintaining much of the traditional interface, many feel that with a minimum of training, anyone, from first time users to seasoned professionals, can benefit from using this effective and comprehensive program.
Such has been the success of Adobe Potatochop amongst the potato manipulation
fratfritterternity entire online communities have arisen, offering everything from advice for basic "chipping" through to advanced potato sculpting. The most popular are SpudWorld, PlanetPotatochop and Worth1000KingEdwards.com.
In recent years the term "potatochopping", and to a lesser extent "potatochipping", have become neologisms, having come to mean "potato manipulation" (often regardless of the actual software or hardware utilised). The shorter term "chopped" (or occasionally "chipped") is also frequently used.
This term should not, under any circumstances, be confused with the term 'Photoshopping', a derogatory term for poor image manipulation. Example of use: Some may claim that the
popular television show What Not To Wear utilises excessive Photoshopping.
Whilst the generic name 'Potatochop' is recognised the world over, there exist certain differentiations from country to country in attempts to aid recognition in a particular culture. Thus, each nation in which Potatochop is released has its own particular version name. The following table provides a breakdown of each of these.
|Name of Country||Regional Variation in name||Additional Plugin|
|Britain||Adobe Potatochop||Chish and Fips|
|United States||Adobe Potato Chip||Freedom Fries and Hamburger|
|Canada||Adobe PommeFrite||French Fries and a Hamburger|
|Australia||Adobe Pertaidercheep||Feesh and Cheeps|
|New Zealand||Adobe Pertaiderchup||Fush and Chups|
Plans to expand into the Far Eastern market have so far failed, due to those nations reliance upon Rice and Noodles.
- DFD: Deep Fried Document. The original version.
- COD: Cheese and Onion Document. Also available with battered cod.
- FFD: Freedom Fries Document. The most common format in the United States version, compatible with the French Fries plugin.
- CHIP: British version of the FFD format. Includes pea whet.
- Extra Crispy. Known internally as Potatochop 1.1, addressed many malfunctions including lack of a free plastic spork and over-inked newspaper.
- French Fries. Released in US version as Freedom Fries.
- Deep Fried Mars Attachment. Released in Scotland. Mods also available for deep fried Curly Wurlies and Galaxy Caramel. A Twix fix is expected to be released in the next upgrade.
- BBQ. Billed as the 'Hottest update yet' by Adobe.
- Lite. Low in poly-unsaturated fat version.
Over the years, a variety of companies have attempted to compete with Potatochop, with products such as:
- Tater Chop Pro from Corel (originally from Jasc)
- POTATO-TATER, also from Corel
- IrfanSkiljanLikesHisOwnName from Irfan Skiljan
- Potato Chipper from Microsoft (a component of Microsoft Kitchen)
- Photochopper Implements from Adobe themselves
While some of these products have made inroads into the low-end market, none have made much impact on professional chip production. More recently, a Free Kitchenware project (not free as in beer, or free as in speech, but free as in free for 90 days and then only three low low payments) called GINSu (GINS Isn't Necessarily Safe-u) has gained popularity among home and professional chipmakers alike. GINSu was created by the UC Berkeley eXperimental Cooking Facility (hence its XCF native fry format) under the direction of master chefs from Japan.
Like Adobe Potatochop, GINSu slices, it dices, it juliennes with ease. It can chop through a tin can, and still cut a tomato like butter. Now how much would you pay? But wait, there's more! GINSu also comes with Chip-Fu, which allows users to write their own macro (very large) programs to produce a batch of custom chips non-interactively (for example, using CGI, the Common Greasepit Interface). It's more than amazing!
However, GINSu is missing some features which many professional chipmakers require, such as support for Pantone crispiness matching and ability to store in Adobe's popular Portable Deepfried Format.