Adobe has announced that Photoshop CS3 will be released in two versions; Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended.
Since Adobe is not releasing the exact feature set and pricing (both features and pricing are expected to be announced March 27th.), Adobe has provided the following FAQ to explain exactly what is being announced at this time.
Q. What’s the big news?
A. Adobe will expand its Photoshop product line in Spring 2007, to better meet the needs of its users. There will soon be two editions of Photoshop® CS3 software for both the Macintosh and Windows platforms: Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended. We want to share this exciting news so you could stay abreast of our upcoming product release plans and better understand which Photoshop will be the right one for you. Pricing and availability information will be provided at our announce in the Spring.
Q. How can I find out more information about Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 extended?
A. To stay up to date, please go to http://www.adobe.com/go/photoshop and provide us with your e-mail contact information so that we can contact you directly when more information becomes available.
Q. What is Adobe® Photoshop® CS3?
A. Adobe Photoshop CS3 is the next version of Photoshop CS2. A beta version of Adobe Photoshop CS3 is available at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/photoshopcs3/. Adobe Photoshop CS3 software accelerates your path from imagination to imagery. Ideal for photographers, graphic designers, and web designers, the professional standard delivers new features such as automatic layer alignment and blending that enable advanced compositing. Live filters boost the comprehensive, nondestructive editing toolset to keep you more flexible than ever. And with the streamlined interface and new timesaving tools, your work simply flows faster. Create any image with Photoshop CS3.
Q. Who should be interested in Photoshop CS3, either as a stand-alone product or as a component of an Adobe Suite?
A. Adobe Photoshop CS3 is best suited for:
- - Professional Photographers
- - Serious Amateur Photographers
- - Graphic Designers
- - Web Designers
- - Print Service Providers
Q. What is Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 Extended?
A. Ideal for film, video, and multimedia professionals and graphic and web designers using 3D and motion, as well as professionals in engineering and science, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended software delivers everything in Photoshop CS3 and more. Render and incorporate 3D images into your 2D composites. Stop time with easy editing of motion graphics on video layers. And probe your images with measurement, analysis, and visualization tools. For all that is the professional standard in digital imaging and more, choose Photoshop CS3 Extended.
Q. Who should be interested in Photoshop CS3 Extended either as a stand-alone product or as a component of an Adobe Suite?
A. Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended is best suited for:
- - Film and video creative professionals
- - Multi-media creative professionals
- - Web and graphic designers using 3D and motion
- - Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Professionals
- - Medical imaging and scientific research professionals
- - Manufacturing professionals
Q. Which version of Photoshop CS3 is currently in Beta?
A. The Photoshop CS3 beta currently available on the Adobe Labs website (http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/photoshopcs3/) includes all of the features in Photoshop CS3, but not the additional features that will be offered in Photoshop CS3 Extended. We do not plan to release a beta version of Photoshop CS3 Extended, but look forward to sharing this exciting new version of
Photoshop when we ship in the Spring of 2007. An FAQ about the Photoshop CS3 beta is available at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/photoshopcs3/?tab:details=1#FAQ
Q. When will Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended be available?
A. Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended software will be available in Spring 2007.
Q. What operating systems and platforms will Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended support?
A. Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended will run under Mac OS X, version 10.4.8, on the new Intel-based Mac computers with measurably faster launch times and increased speed and performance for many task. As Universal Binary software, Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended will also continue to support legacy PowerPC-based Macs. In addition, both versions of Photoshop run on Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 and all editions of the new Windows Vista™ operating system, except the Starter and Home Basic editions. Detailed system requirements will be available in Spring 2007.
Q: Is this the official Photoshop CS3 announcement?
A. No, however, we wanted to let our Photoshop customers know about Adobe’s upcoming product plans so they can better understand which Photoshop will be the right one for them when the products release in Spring 2007.
Q. How much will Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended cost?
A. We will provide detailed pricing information when we get closer to shipping Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended.
Q: If I own Photoshop, what are my upgrade options?
A. We will provide detailed upgrade information at the official announce of Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended this Spring.
Q. What other products are in the Photoshop Family?
A. The Adobe® Photoshop® family of products is the ultimate playground for bringing out the best in your digital images and transforming them into anything you can imagine. Photoshop CS3 software is available in two editions. Photoshop CS3, the professional standard, delivers groundbreaking tools that help photographers and graphic and web designers create powerful images, and Photoshop CS3 Extended is ideal for film, video, and multimedia professionals and graphic and web designers using 3D and motion—as well as professionals in engineering and science—offering everything in Photoshop CS3 plus 3D, motion, and image analysis tools. Photoshop Lightroom™ is the essential toolbox for professional and serious amateur photographers, simplifying workflow from shoot to finish and providing a complete photography solution when used with Photoshop CS3. Photoshop Elements combines power and simplicity so photography enthusiasts can do more with their photos. And for those just getting started in digital photography, Photoshop Album Starter Edition offers a quick and easy way to share memories.
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