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: 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.
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.
Excerpt: (1 items) Adobe made some pretty serious changes in Photoshop CS4, especially in the workspace. And while some of them, like the new Application Frame, will take some getting used to (and are optional), they’re changes that are long overdue. Each new version has piled new tools on top of old, and important bits and pieces were getting lost in the shuffle.
Pros: Selective editing in Camera Raw, Masks and Adjustments panels make the tools easy to find, Streamlined, less-cluttered interface, Kuler integration helps you choose color schemes, OpenGL enabled features improve user experience
Cons: Missing Extract Filter, Contact Sheets, Picture Package, and PDF Presentations
Summary: Do the updates to Photoshop Creative Suite 4 represent big changes? You betcha. Will they take some getting used to? Heck yes. Will you like Adobe Photoshop CS4? For the most part, the answer is a resounding yes.
Summary: This is a powerful product and also needs a beefy machine to run it. However for those who need the ability to manipulate to the nenth degree there is not really a serious alternative. Apart from maybe the more expensive Extended edition.