Sunday, January 07, 2007

Photoshop CS3 Beta

Adobe Announces the (pre-)release of Adobe® Photoshop CS3 Beta!

Photoshop CS3 Beta was is currently only available for Photoshop CS2 owners. Adobe decided to make this Beta version available to the general public of registered PS CS2 users because of the Mac Universal Binary issue. This is "Adobe's way of delivering native performance on Intel based systems many months earlier than [they] otherwise could have done." It is available for both Macs & PCs. Macs need: OS 10.4.8 (Tiger) +, PowerPC G4 or G5 or Intel Mac with at least 320MB RAM , 64MB VRAM. Windows PCs need: Intel Pentium 4, Intel Centrino, Intel Xeon, or Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor, Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista, 320MB RAM, 64MB VRAM . I have not yet gotten a chance to play with it yet on my Mac-- I still don't have Tiger, I just have Panther (10.3), but I'm playing with it on my PC. I'm most excited about the Smart Filters. I currently use and love Smart Objects with Camera Raw and Smart Filters are just an extension of this concept by offering the ability to "redo" or "tweak" the filter after it has already been applied.

If you are a PS CS2 user, I urge you to download the Demo. If you are not a CS2 user and want to see some of the Camera Raw Functionality, I suggest you see my previous post on Adobe Lightroom which is now available for PCs as well and has been renames Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

I'm still not sure how Ligthroom will work with or be integrated with Photoshop.

Until I post again, have fun, remember not to take life too seriously and have a great week,

John :)