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Photoshop CS3

If you have not yet experienced Photoshop CS3 and aren't sure whether or not to upgrade from 7.0, CS, or CS2, let me help:

Get ready to drop $200 and love every moment of it.

I had a chance to play around with the beta, and within the first 5 minutes I knew I'd finally be upgrading. And this coming from a guy who skipped CS2 because it didn't add enough tangible benefit to justify $169.

Not only is CS3 faster than CS and CS2 on older hardware, but the new features are great. The biggest difference is the new User Interface, though. I've been using Photoshop for years, and I have no qualms about saying CS3's UI is the single best UI Photoshop has ever had. It gets out of your way and lets you work in a way previous versions just haven't.

The sole caveat I can come up with at this point is for users of Intel Macs. If you're using plug-ins that are no longer supported by their vendor, you're going to end up running Photoshop non-natively at least some of the time (i.e., when you want to use the old, PowerPC-only plug-ins). And even if you're using current software, there will definitely be a teething period in which you're stuck with Rosetta while vendors update their plug-ins.

But frankly, that's small potatoes to me: Even if I had to run Photoshop CS3 in Rosetta emulation for the rest of my life, I'd still upgrade. It is simply that much more streamlined in daily use.

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