Conclusion: Adobe Photoshop CS3 offers some killer new features, such as non-destructive filtering, a newly flexible interface, excellent monochrome conversion, and terrific cloning enhancements. Photoshop remains the best option for getting anything done in the field of computer graphics.
Pros: Nondestructive filtering; outstanding animation features; overhauled interface; increased platform support; myriad excellent new features and tools.
Cons: Weak interface support for two-monitor setups; a little feature bloat.
Conclusion: Photoshop CS2 users would be foolish not to participate in Adobe's free public beta of version CS3. It runs on the latest hardware and operating systems, and longtime users will at last find an answer to their prayers for nondestructive filtering.
Pros: Nondestructive filtering, interface improvements to Adobe Photoshop and Bridge, myriad strong new features and enhancements, compatibility with MacIntel machines and Microsoft Windows Vista.
Cons: Still a beta, so some bugs lurking; be cautious about using it for production work.
Excerpt: Having reviewed previous editions of books in this series from excellent photographer, Martin Evening, I had come to expect very high standards from this latest in the "... for Photographers" series. Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers doesn't disappoint. Taking you through CS3 in color coded and well formatted sections, it provides an easy-to-follow, in-depth and knowledgeable reference for even the most well-versed digital photographers and imageers.
Pros: Excellent Layout and information. Comprehensive and with no platform bias. This excellent, well-formatted book and its companion DVD containing video tutorials and extra chapters, serve both amateur and professional digital photographers, imageers and graphic artists. It is highly recommended and a must-have for your reference library.
Excerpt: Adobe Photoshop is a staple application for the vast majority of graphics professionals in the industry. For those with new Intel based Apple Macs, their only option was to run version CS2 using Rosetta, which is essentially using software emulation for x86 architecture compatibility. This of course imposed a performance hit.
Excerpt: Adobe's rationale for releasing a beta version of their next Photoshop CS3 to the public, at least those who are CS2 licensed users, is that they wanted to give support to Apple users with new Intel processor Macs. This would allow those users to have Photoshop running "native" instead of in emulation mode sooner than later. While this does lend support to...
Summary: Photoshop is a venerable program that deserves its place as the industry standard. It is very expensive unless you qualify for the academic price. The upgrade is optional for people still running Windows XP or an older Mac OS but it is essential for Vista users. In the Imaging column today we describe in detail the new features of interest to photographers.
Pros: The best of the new features are the new Camera Raw interface, the Quick Selection tool and the new Black and White conversion function. Camera Raw now opens jpegs as well as RAW files and provides the same suite of developing controls that are found in Adobe Lightroom. You might rationalise the high price of CS3 by arguing that you get Lightroom (RRP $505 ) for nothing. The Quick Selection tool is a beauty.
Cons: There is no longer a Print with Preview control. It has been replaced with a simple Print command that brings up a dialogue box with the print-with-preview selections in it but the interaction between this Adobe box and the printer-specific control dialogue is clunky and infuriating. It is too easy to print with one parameter or another incorrectly set.
Conclusion: It’s obvious I have touched only on the new features of Photoshop CS3. A powerful release on its own, it also shines when combined with its industry standard siblings. Photoshop remains an indispensable tool not only for traditional photographers and designers, but also for industries such as architecture and medical imaging where image analysis is becoming ever more important.
Pros: Better Video Support, Improved Performance, Customizable & Streamlined Interface, Powerful 3D Manipulation, Tighter integration across Creative Suite especially with fellow applications such as Flash and Dreamweaver