March 8, 2007

Adobe extends Photoshop

Well, it seems the announcements are coming fast and furious these days -- as we march closer and closer to the March 27th Creative Suite 3 launch date.

First, Adobe has offered this link where you'll be able to watch the webcast of the announcement in New York. I've been invited to attend the event in person, so I'll try to wave to all of you watching online :)

Second, Adobe has announced that they will be releasing two versions of Photoshop: Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended. The Photoshop CS3 product will pretty much be the version you've already seen since the beta was released late last year. The Extended version will basically add features that are needed specifically in the area of 3D, Video, and Science and Engineering/Analysis. More detail can be found at these links:

- John Nack's blog
- More info from Adobe
- Adobe Press Release

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

So is Adobe going to be the new Microsoft now? I look forward to Photoshop Home Office IR Ultra Premium Pro?

woz_macmojo said...

I'm sorry but I fail to see why this is a good thing... I'm a big Adobe fan but the cutting up of Acrobat and now Photoshop? Whats next? Photoshop Home / Business / Enterprise edition?

Mordy Golding said...

On some level, I can certainly see how this move by Adobe would make it that more difficult to choose which version is the right one.

However, I would suggest that we all wait until the big announcement on March 27th before passing judgement. I think it will be more clear at that time.

I can't figure out why Adobe felt compelled to announce this at this time. Why not just mention it along with the rest of the Suite during the CS3 announcement? I just think that there will be fewer questions then as it just seems to make sense in context of everything else.

khiltd said...

While I applaud Adobe's acknowledgment of the medical and scientific community's needs (which have been largely ignored for far too long), I see nothing good coming from this contrived dichotomy which is clearly a monetarily inspired maneuver. This is only going to make the engineers' jobs exponentially more difficult, entrench Nack further into his little job security foxhole by creating an obfuscated build system nobody else will want to touch, and increase incidents of piracy into new market sectors. I hope to god he steps down before his ego destroys the company's cash cow with some hare-brained PACE dongle protection scheme that trashes people's machines with a ton of unstable kernel extensions, but I have my doubts.

It's just a shame that Photoshop has no serious commercial competition to keep these things in check.

woz_macmojo said...

Same thing with this Photoshop Lightroom. Whats up with that? Photoshop is the new 'umbrella brand'?
http://daringfireball.net/2006/10/brand_new

Gary Spedding, Ph.D. said...

I have to agree that since they joined forces with Macromedia Adobe seem to be doing some wild and crazy things.

It started with the Exchange and I posted there that I thought it was then end of some programs - Looks like GoLive is the first casualty and I wondered about Illustrator then too.

The Exchange site, with all its Flash content, is very slow to load, has been down more times than I care to remember and has a number of other glitches that if I was first Introduced to Adobe products through such a web site I'd seriously think twice about getting involved with their programs. It looks like they have gone and opened another can of worms here judging by others' comments.

Mordy, I think you are better off not being so firmly in the stable with them these days.

woz_macmojo said...

That a little bit to harsh on Mordy don't you think? I feel Adobe's not quite understanding correctly who her clients are. We're the guy's that do this all day. We create indentities and product for a living. What do you do when you've got a good product but don't have anything really new to sell? You create a spin-off (product differentiations). I feel that's what going on over at Adobe. Combined with a sales guy running the Adobe...

Mordy Golding said...

Everyone obviously has a right to an opinion.

I certainly wouldn't characterize myself as one who is firmly in anyone's stable other than mine. True, I was an Adobe employee over three year's ago. True, I still have many friends there. But my views that I present here (and in my classes and in my books and videos) are my own independent views.

I don't always agree with Adobe's decisions. I offer information here so that others can be informed, and form their own opinions. I welcome healthy discussions from you -- my dedicated readers -- because that serves two purposes: First, folks from Adobe read this blog and by posting your feedback or feelings here, it's a great informal way for them to get a better understanding of how users feel. Second, it acts as a catalyst for others to share their own views as well.

Gary Spedding, Ph.D. said...

To Mordy and others - no offence meant and I think non taken (by Mordy). I just think, unless you can make a difference (i.e., by being director of the show), that when big controversial issues like this is getting to be now it is often better to be removed from the true forefront.

Adobe is maybe getting to be of a size that gets a bit out of control - sadly. They and many others could benefit from reading a new book: "The Halo Effect (and eight other Business Delusions that Deceive Managers)" by Phil Rosenweig before getting too much further down the road. Quite an eyeopener!

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