Summary: If you work with 3D, Photoshop Extended is a must-have upgrade; ditto if you think you'd use more of Standard's tools if the interface were less opaque, if you need to upgrade other suite applications, or if you qualify for an academic discount. All things considered, while Adobe Photoshop CS4 makes some improvements over CS3, it might be worth skipping this generation and waiting for the next.
Pros: Veteran set of powerful imaging tools; streamlined user interface; more extensible and customizable; completely overhauled 3D engine in Extended version.
Cons: More of a memory hog than Photoshop CS3; print features and type engine still in dire need of an update.
Excerpt: With each new version, Adobe Photoshop has always gotten more complex and slightly more difficult to use. Not anymore. Photoshop CS4 ($700, street, new; $200, upgrade) has new features and significant changes to the interface that make learning and using the software much simpler. Until now, if you had multiple files open, you would have to flip through them using the Window menu.
Conclusion: Photoshop CS4 is the best version yet of Adobe's venerated image editor. OpenGL support gives the program a new, modern feel that's long overdue. In addition to an excellent mix of interface enhancements and innovative improvements, you'll find one or two "wow" features that'll knock your socks off.
Pros: Image navigation has new modern feel. 64-bit support on Vista. Strong interface improvements. Amazing content-aware scaling, depth-of-focus tools. Many other enhancements.
Excerpt: If you're a photographer, you probably have an old version of Photoshop you're happy using. Here are some good reasons why you should upgrade to Photoshop CS4. Most photographers out there have probably been using Adobe's Photoshop for some time. My journey to discovery with Photoshop started years ago with version 5. I stepped up to version 6 when it came out and to save some money I've been skipping a version before springing for the latest one.
Excerpt: Adobe's Photoshop doesn't really need much of an introduction, since it was launched nearly two decades ago it has become the de facto standard for professional image edition and these days even the most computer illiterate people know the meaning of "photoshopping". In this review I'm taking a brief look at the new features of Photoshop CS4, the eleventh iteration of the program, wich is a somewhat larger update than the two previous releases.
Summary: Adobe Photoshop CS4, the latest version of Adobe's flagship image-editing program, will hit the streets practically on the heels of Photoshop CS3, which debuted a little less than 18 months ago.