First Look: Inside Photoshop CS3

First Look: Inside Photoshop CS3

Is It Worth the Upgrade?

 

There are scads of additional features, changes, and additions that we simply don’t have room to cover here, including expanded video-output support to statistical analysis tools, auto alignment and blending of multiple layers, support for live 3D object layers, and more. Creatives who work with large images and need to share them with colleagues over the Web can export full-resolution images to CS3’s Zoomify format. The images load quickly in Adobe Flash Player, and recipients can zoom in on specific areas of an image by using the arrow keys, plus (+), and minus (-). Meanwhile, Device Central can help designers format images for display on mobile devices. We highlighted the updates that seem to have the widest application or that address frustrations we’ve long had with the app.

 

At press time, Photoshop CS3 was still in public beta, so it’s likely that Adobe will fix a host of bugs large and small for the shipping version due out this spring (look for our review in an upcoming issue of Mac|Life magazine and here on MacLife.com). What’s clear from the many hours we’ve spent with the beta version is that Photoshop CS3 packs significant improvements over CS2. If you have an Intel Mac, upgrading is a no-brainer. And if you never stepped up to CS2, you might as well skip ahead to CS3 - unless, of course, your hardware is too outdated to run Mac OS 10.4.8, which CS3 requires.

 

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bilogic

I agree with both camp on the subject of breaking pages. May be a extra option to chose between long or short pages would please both sides..

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rmyslewski

The main reason that we run multi-page articles when the pages are image-heavy is to ease the page-load times for those poor folks who are not yet on broadband. We purposely use fairly large images to make sure that our articles are well-illustrated, but we don't want to strangle slow dial-up connections. Hey, if you're on broadband, what's a few extra insta-clicks between friends..?

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If I am on a slow connection I would rather wait for 2-3 long page loads than 15 medium-long page loads. It is much less frustrating to wait 2 minutes 2-3 times than to wait 30 seconds, read, click, wait 30, read, click, wait 30, click.....you get my point.

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Anonymous

it's not about giving you the best reading/user experience. This is about ads paying the bills. It's not about quick loading times either. There's a business side to all this creativity as well. Revenue. You wankers, stop wining about the ads between the free review or go somewhere else where you can pay to get the same information without the advertisement interruptions. To all others - keep up the creative work in this hard business world ;-) Cheers. M.

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Anonymous

Seriously? If you really cared about dial-up users as your excuse for short annoying pages, then would you really have all those ads.. those ads are probably 3 - 4 times as large as your article pages..

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Realist

Hey, anonymous, get real. If there are no ads, there would be no web site -- and then where would you complain?

In any case, back to the main reason for these comments: The really good Photoshop story. Does anyone know when we'll be able to get our hands on the final version? What it'll cost? If we can just buy Photoshop without having to buy everything else?

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S. Mahrer

Yes, you can buy Photoshop as an individual package! The upgrade from earlier versions is around $200. It's supposed to be available in April.

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Jack B Nimble

Brekaing up an article over 15 pages was really annoying, especially since they were short pages. It would have been nice to have 2 or 3 pages.

Good review though. It will be nice to see what else CS3 has in store.

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Jim Stone

David, your peek under the hood is well-timed and VERY appreciated! Test-driving the CS3 beta didn't really get me going, but now I am actually excited about upgrading. Can you do a follow-up on Illustrator, please?

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Carl Hudson

Wow. Thank you for a well written article with a lot of coverage of what's new in Photoshop CS3. Adobe (& the old macromedia ppl) have been very busy making this a significant upgrade. I personally am looking forward to seeing how much of this translates into the new Adobe Dreamweaver CS3. C'mon Adobe, make your announcements! :)

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MediaRoots

Looks like you covered pretty much everything! Good job, not covered the stuff about photoshop extended though, go video!

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eri

re "C'mon Adobe, make your announcements!"
well they have, sorta. CS3 announcements were made on the 22nd March but it was in a whisper room at webDU. Sorry, can't share they made everyone in a jam packed room sign NDAs. Think the official announcements are due tomorrow.

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