December 14, 2006

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Public Beta!

Several months back, when Adobe released a public beta version of Adobe Lightroom, I pondered about Adobe's step into a new arena -- of releasing major software to the public as a free beta months before its actual release. Well, Adobe today has announced a public beta of Adobe Photoshop CS3! You'll be able to get the beta from Adobe Labs with a valid Photoshop or Creative Suite serial number. This is totally cool!

Along with Photoshop CS3 -- which now is a universal binary that FLIES on an Intel Mac -- is also a brand new version ofd Bridge, and a new application called Adobe Device Central, which allows you to preview and optimize content for mobile devices (cell phones, PDA's, etc). No word about Illustrator or any other apps though :(

I hope to post some more information about the new version shortly, but for now, a special episode of PEN will have to suffice :)

A link to Adobe's press release is here.

6 comments:

O.K. Sauceman said...

Can't seem to find the link from the address you gave http://labs.adobe.com/ (this is also the link from various other sites) is this a US only download?
I have a valid serial for CS2 by the way...

Mordy Golding said...

The download isn't live yet. It is supposed to go live early Friday, December 15, Pacific time.

Steve Werner said...

The download is now live:

http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?e=labs%5Fphotoshop

d said...

With ImageReady being gone from Photoshop CS3 why haven't they at-least incorporate the Rollover features into Photoshop CS3. ImageReady's way of working with Photoshop files and it's rollover features are amazing. Fireworks is really clunky and not so nice when creating rollover their way and doesn't work with Photoshop files as well as it should where ImageReady worked with them perfectly. If Photoshop would add in ImageReady's Rollover features then it would be good. Fireworks as the solution isn't acceptable.

Mordy, is there anyway you can talk to your contacts at Adobe about this issue. Thanks.

Mordy Golding said...

Just another reason to keep holding on to your copy of ImageReady :)

Seriously though, I've heard that integration between Photoshop and Fireworks will be getting much better. But I also heard that Adobe feels JavaScript rollovers -- the way that ImageReady was doing them anyway -- wasn't the way of the future. I think that table-based layouts are fading and that most people are moving to the standards-based and more compatible CSS way of things instead. While it was easier for the "non-web developer" type of person to use ImageReady, I think that Adobe is trying to move people more towards adopting technologies that are able to go to places beyond a web browser (Adobe Device Central, which is part of the beta release is a precursor of this).

I would completely agree though that ImageReady served a wonderful purpose, and seeing it fade into the background doesn't put a smile on my face. But if Adobe can find a way to make it just as easy for me to develop web content that will look alot better under the hood (and at the same time, work on more devices), then I'm all for it.

I guess we'll have to wait and see and hope that's the grand plan...

I should note that I've always lobbied for rollover capabilities to be added to Illustrator, and the response was always something similar as well.

Anonymous said...

The smart filters are long overdue, but one mask for the whole stack? Ugh. The new selection tool looks really nice, but I'm having a hard time getting excited about anything else they've done here. Lightroom features made it into ACR and the palette docking system got even more annoying. I feel sorry for the Intel adopters who really do need to pay for this, and for the engineers who had to waste all that time porting all those CodeWarrior projects to XCode.