Brad Colbow has this interesting discussion about the upcoming Photoshop for iPad and the new Gemini painting / illustrating app in his YouTube channel. Adobe Photoshop is really taking a big step forward next year! Will Corel Painter step up, step forward? I do not think so. I suggest doing just like Adobe and Serif / Affinity and Celsys and SketchBook Pro = deliver Painter on all platforms. Or Painter will slowly die.. :(
On the other hand I wonder if adobe is a dead man crawling... having lost relevance to new users. I know MANY young people in the film industry who have never even looked at adobe, getting much more competitive deals on other industry standard software. Not sure how designers get on if they don't use adobe, but as a cartoonist I'm pretty happy without it.
don't worry about them. adobe's primary focus has always been on photo retouching - and there're no valid alternatives to photoshop on this market.
their graphic design market share might have shrunken, but AI is still an industry standard, their corporate and educational license sales are still likely doing well.
film industry is a bit different, and adobe's lame mac coding lead to their downfall, the alternative options have simply been more efficient.
painter is not adobe's direct competition anyway (it only does one thing, digital paint simulation), and it's way past its peak as well if we use industry relevance as a quantifier.
I'm not sure art and industry are often on best of terms...
I'm not sure why you are separating art and industry.
CG illustration is pretty conservative with the digital tools it has at its disposal, and painter has been declining in popularity as a primary choice since 2006, or so.
I am a part time illustrator, freelancing now and then, in the graphic industry. Mostly books for education. Right now I am designing a CD sleeve for a jazz group. The print producers both needs Photoshop CMYK files from me, they use InDesign. My daughter is a graphic designer and AD. The agency she works in now uses Adobe software as well as the one where she worked before and the one before that. Everybody uses Adobe. No one uses Corel. Except my son in law, he uses Corel Draw for vinyl cutting in his workshop.
By the way, the new Adobe Premiere Rush, I installed it today, was really fun easy to use.