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.
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.
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".
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.
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.