CS3 - what features are new? Upgrade?

Discussion in 'Graphics Programs and Photo Gallery' started by Iron Flatline, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. Hi all.

    Just wondering if anyone has seen a list of differences from CS2 to CS3. I'm trying to determine if there is a "must have" feature.
     
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    Oyi, didn't CS2 just come out? Are they going to make people drop hundreds of dollars on their product every year just to keep up to date? Am I the only one a little frustrated by that?
     
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    Um, it's been two years. CS was released in 2003, CS2 in 2005, and now CS3 in 2007. Plus, this is the largest release "ever," is the first to incorporate what it purchased from Macromedia, and is the first Universal Binary edition for Mac (so it runs natively on the Intel hardware.

    And people aren't being forced to buy it. If you don't need the new features, don't get it. I, for one, am not at all "frustrated" by the new version, only by the time it took to come out.
     
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    Has anybody tried CS 3 yet?
     
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    I tried the beta a while back...I didn't find much extra useful stuff, and ended up not liking the new interface (I had gotten so used to the current one). I'm back to CS2, it's enough for me!
     
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    yep.... and i cant see any difference??? mind you ive only had it 2 days.
     
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    I know very little about photoshop but what I do use is much better in cs3 than cs2. The photomerge for panoramic stitching is much faster and much more acurate, very little in the way of adjustments/blending is needed if the shots are taken correctly (overlap, correct exposure, etc,) Also the B & W converter is much better in my opinion It was money well spent to upgrade as far as I am concerned.
     
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    My main reason for the update was for my MacBook Pro. It runs, sooo much better now than it did (big suprise right?). I find that photomerge does work better. I don't have to mess with them as much after the merge.
     
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    Interface redesign takes some getting used to. I like it though I think it works much better when editing pictures in fullscreen mode. One thing to note is it is much more responsive on my machine. Startup time has been about quartered from CS2.
     
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    I've been using it since the final beta and at first it took a little getting used to.
    But I agree with Garbz. The noticeable increase in speed was a much hyped feature.

    But not as bad as I've heard many other people complain about.
    One guy on a different board I go to used the beta and couldn't stand the brightness of the interface elements.
    It can't be changed either. The canvas and background can be changed but not the toolbox, palettes or toolbars.

    I like the single column toolbox, the customizable palettes with an auto-hide feature.
    I also like that you can set it so that the desktop isn't right below the image, and that Photoshop doesn't lose focus when you accidentally click somewhere.

    As for features other than the interface.
    I really got used to the exposure adjustment layer, B&W adj layer. Since I sometimes shoot HDV CS3 has new video layers and more extensive tools for video.
    It also has better healing tools and cloning features for digital matte painting.

    I also like that if I plug a point and pray camera in that it will allow me to open simple jpegs in camera RAW and make adjustments as if it were a RAW file.

    I think alot of people will like that.
    The thing is that unless the image has the extra bit count of a RAW file those adjustments only have limited use.

    With a decently exposed image from a little canon powershot 3.2mp I was actually able to still make the needed adjustments in camera RAW and not need to edit it further in Photoshop just like a RAW file.

    They were very simple adjustments though. Nothing that required the flexibility that RAW affords. I was just surprised that it worked that well with a jpeg.

    CS3 is a good and significant upgrade. It's not revolutionary like the hype made it seem though.
    All I'm saying is that before someone runs out and blows the bucks for the extended version you might want to weigh out the benefits.
    You can download a trial at Adobe.com
     

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