Digit Online by Ben Long Photoshop CS3 betaAdobe has released the beta version of Photoshop CS3 to the public -- and Macworld, Digit's sister magazine has put together a full, hands-on report of the Intel-native Mac beta version of Adobe Photoshop CS3. In ordinary times, Adobe products only see the light of day when they're ready to land on retail shelves. So it's a bit of a departure from the software giant's playbook to make a free beta of Photoshop CS3 available for download. But, with the CS3 release date still months away, and Apple's transition to the Intel processor complete, the CS3 beta program provides a welcome solution for Mac users who have been hesitant to upgrade their Macs due to a lack of an Intel-native Photoshop. In addition to native compatibility with Intel-based Macs, the CS3 beta also packs a large selection of important new features, including interface changes, non-destructive filters, easier compositing, improvements to Camera Raw, and a completely redesigned version of Bridge, Adobe's companion file browser. In our initial tests, the Photoshop CS3 beta has proven to be very stable, while offering much improved performance on both Intel- and PowerPC-based machines. Intel users will certainly want to download it right away for the performance increase, but thanks to the program's stability, most users will also probably find it suitable for production work. Interface-wise, the program's core features remain unchanged, making it an easy transition for experienced users. read more...

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