ars reviews Photoshop CS3

Adobe recently released all new versions of their programs. And the designer community should be happy, at least those that use Macs, because the new version is Universal, which means it will work both on PowerPC G4 and Pentium processors (although I’m guessing that if you can afford to purchase Photoshop, you’ll already have a machine with one of the later processors).

The ars technica reviewer put the program through it’s paces, and, in conclusion, Dave Girard, concluded that although it’s a bit tricky to judge Photoshop, it does include some new features that save your time. And according to him:

If it can give you more tools while saving you time, then it’s a good upgrade.

Here are the Pros and Cons of Photoshop CS3:

Pros

  • New interface is cleaner and makes it easier to work on smaller screens
  • Expanded support for 32-bit HDR images
  • 3D layers are easy to use
  • Smart Filters round out the non-destructive Smart Object workflow
  • Very fast and stable on Intel Macs
  • Photomerge, auto-align and blending of layers are powerful and intelligent features
  • Solid backwards compatibility
  • More readily-accessible presets in adjustments

Cons

  • Odd Exposé behavior for full-screen documents
  • Photomerge isn’t easy to work with in interactive mode
  • Need more control over 3D layer rendering styles and light control
  • Mapping images in Vanishing Point has flaws
  • Not all ImageReady features made it into Photoshop CS3

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