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Sep 24, 2008

What’s new in Photoshop CS4 by Martin Evening

Photoshop CS3 had some mixed reviews. It didn’t have quite as many features of interest to photographers as say, previous versions of the program. I think such responses may also have been influenced by the introduction of Lightroom 1, which was definitely designed with photographers in mind. It is probably fair to say that there was a certain amount of envy among the Photoshop team to the ‘new kid on the block’. Well, Photoshop CS4 has arrived, hot on the heels of Lightroom 2 and it’s time to see how the new version of the ‘mother ship’ program shapes up.

As far as Photoshop CS4 itself goes, I think photographers will be very pleased with some the new changes here. Photoshop now has a smart dark gray interface and adopted a task-based approach to image editing and this can be seen in the way image adjustments are now accessible within their own panel. When you combine this with the ability to non-destuctively edit a layer mask, you’ll discover that the  Photoshop CS4 image editing system offers the most flexible yet for pixel image editing.

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Nov 19, 2007

Adobe’s Update Servers are Problematic

Since the release of a slew of updates late Thursday night, November 15th, 2007, many users have downloaded updates for Photoshop CS3, Bridge CS3, Camera Raw 4.3 and Lightroom 1.3. However, many people seem unable to get to the product updates because regional servers have been slow to get updated URLS.

Usually, going to the New Downloads urls will allow users access to all the recently uploaded updates for all of Adobe’s products. However, many users from outside of the US and Canada are reporting that when they attempt to access the same download links, they are getting “not found” errors.

The problem is thought to be a failure of mirrored servers getting properly updated urls throughout Adobe’s extensive network. While some people in northern Europe like Sweden don’t seem to have a problem, users in the UK can not seem to get to the same download pages.

In the meantime, if your Adobe Updater can’t seem to find the updates or your locale’s local country servers haven’t been updated, you should still be able to access Adobe’s public FTP servers. The main public FTP is

To access Photoshop updates (including Camera Raw) go to:

To access Bridge updates, go to:

To access Lightroom updates, go to:

Nov 15, 2007

Adobe Also Updates Bridge CS3 to 2.1.1

br-cs3-icon.pngAdobe Also Updates Bridge CS3 to 2.1.1

It seems like Adobe is in a frenzy to update everything in the Photoshop family and now the Bridge CS3 update to version 2.1.1 is available for download (no word yet on Adobe Updater).

The Macintosh Bridge CS3 (2.1.1) Update is here.

The Windows Bridge CS3 (2.1.1) Update is here.

Sep 28, 2007

Peter Krogh Update RapidFixer for CS3

product_rapidfixer.pngWhen Photoshop CS3 with Bridge 2 shipped, RapidFixer kinda got broken…so now Peter Krogh, author of The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers has updated RapidFixer for CS3 compatibility.NEW! Photoshop CS3 Compatibility: The first RapidFixer version for CS3 is now ready to ship and they have made significant changes to the interface, and updated the software to control the new Adobe Camera Raw 4.0+ tools.

NEW! RapidFixer now works on DNG files, as well as JPEG and TIFF files. (In all cases, you must apply a Camera Raw Default to the image first).

NEW! RapidFixer has settings for working on Black and White Negatives. This lets you use a digital camera to copy negatives, and make adjustments in Camera Raw. Check out the last half of the movie to see it in action.

Jun 6, 2007

Now Available at Adobe Labs-Adobe Media Gallery


Adobe Media Gallery (AMG) for Adobe Bridge adds quick, powerful Web gallery creation to Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended and the Adobe Creative Suite. AMG makes it possible to create HTML or Flash-based galleries from any of the file formats supported by Bridge; adjust the galleries using built-in preview; and export the results or upload them via FTP. (Note: requires the Bridge 2.1 Update)

AMG is available on both Mac and Windows. The download package includes both the plug-in as well as AMG templates, all of the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom default templates, as well as the Lightroom HTML Gallery.

Jun 1, 2007

Adobe Update Bridge CS3 (version 2.0) to 2.1

Adobe Bridge CS3 2.1 update has been released via Adobe Updater and as direct downloads. The update includes the following critical fixes and enhancements:

Dec 14, 2006

Adobe Photoshop CS3 at a glance

With the release of the Adobe Photoshop CS3 public beta, users who already have a Photoshop CS2 serial number will be able to download and install the brand new version of Photoshop-at least in its current beta form.

One of the things users will notice is a new application icon which heralds the beginning of the new Creative Suite 3 icon art.

Be aware also that it will take some time to get it downloaded-the Mac version is 684MB (including Bridge and Camera Raw 4) and the Windows version is 355MB. The larger Mac file size is due largely because it’s a Universal Binary that includes both the PPC as well as MacIntel optimized code.

Dec 7, 2006

Camera Raw Version Control Package for Mac and now Windows

Press Release: Ben Long at has posted a Windows version of his ACR Version Control package. For raw shooters who use Adobe Camera Raw as their raw converter, this free set of applications makes it simple to create and manage multiple versions of the same raw document.

Dec 7, 2006

Adobe lets freelance UK snappers take it to the Bridge

Adobe opens up access to photography directory to freelance photographers through the NUJ
Source: Macworld UK

Adobe has at last provided codes that enable UK freelance photography members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) to join its photography directory.

Jun 12, 2006

Adobe Stock Photos 1.07 Update Released

Adobe has released an update to bring Adobe Stock Photos to version 1.0.7. This updates resolves an issue with crashing when using version 1.0.6. To accesss and install the update, launch Adobe Bridge, go to Help menu and launch Adobe Updater. Scroll to the Adobe Stock Photos item and select Adobe Stock Photo 1.0.7. The update is for both Mac and Windows and is only available via Adobe Updater.

May 17, 2006

Adobe Bridge Update 1.0.4 (MAC/WIN)

Adobe has released an update for Adobe Bridge via Adobe Updater for Mac and Windows versions of Bridge. The update, available only via Updater (at this time), will bring Bridge to version 1.0.4.

Mar 14, 2006

Error “Online Services encountered an error…” or “…problem with internet…” after you start Adobe Bridge 1.0.3

Source: Adobe Bridge Support Knowledgebase

Issue: After you start Adobe Bridge 1.0.3, you receive one of the following error messages:

– “Online Services encountered an error. The service will now be terminated or paused if possible (Error: )”

– “There was a problem with your internet connection. Please check that you are connected to the internet and try again.”

Mar 1, 2006

Thumbnail previews of Camera Raw images do not display as expected (Adobe Bridge 1.0)

Source: Adobe Bridge Support

Issue: Thumbnail previews of Camera Raw images in Adobe Bridge 1.0 display too dark or too light.

Feb 27, 2006

Lexar Smart Download To Offer ActiveMemory Functionality For Adobe Creative Suite

New Module Will Improve Digital Imaging Workflow for Photographers Using Adobe Bridge

Press Release: ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 27, 2006–Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXRNews), a world leader in advanced digital media technologies today announced Lexar® Smart Download, an intelligent acquisition plug-in module that will allow photographers to rapidly download and manage images directly from their memory cards via Adobe® Bridge, a component of Adobe Creative Suite (CS2). On display at the Photo Marketing Association International Show (PMA), the new plug-in will make it possible for photographers to leverage advanced features offered by Lexar Professional ActiveMemory(TM) CompactFlash® (CF) and Secure Digital(TM) (SD) flash memory cards and will provide a productivity boost with the ability to manage multiple concurrent downloads using Lexar’s Professional Firewire and USB 2.0 CompactFlash Readers.

Jan 26, 2006

RapidFixer-A Quicktake Review

Source: The Luminous Landscape
Written by Michael Reichmann

Sometimes photographers have little appreciation for what others types of photographers have to deal with. The fine art photographer may go out on a weekend and take a few dozens exposures, while a wedding photographer may come back with many hundreds. A photojournalist or a wildlife photographer may return from a major shoot with many thousands of images.

How each one handles their digital workflow will depend on the photographer’s temperament as well as practical issues.

Jan 20, 2006

Bridge Center is missing from Adobe Bridge 1.0.x (Windows)

Source: Adobe Bridge Support

Issue: The Bridge Center is missing from Adobe Bridge 1.0.x

Jan 4, 2006

Hasselblad warns of incompatibility with Adobe Bridge

Written By Rob Galbraith

Hasselblad has sent a warning to registered users of its digital backs that Adobe Bridge on the Mac will in some cases corrupt the header information inside the company’s proprietary RAW 3f (.fff) file format. An excerpt from the email blast is below:

Nov 17, 2005

Adobe Releases Bridge 1.03 Update-Reposted

Adobe has re-posted the most recent Bridge update; Adobe Bridge version 1.03 (full version number is The update is only available for download from the Adobe web site, not through Adobe Updater. The issue regarding the Camera Raw plug-in failing to work in some cases has been resolved.

Bridge 1.03 for Macintosh      Bridge 1.03 for Windows

Nov 17, 2005

Adobe Releases Bridge 1.03 Update

Adobe has posted the most recent Bridge update; Adobe Bridge version 1.03. The update is only available for download from the Adobe web site, not through Adobe Updater.

NEWS FLASH (11/17/05, 1:15 pm Central)-the Bridge 1.03 Update has been pulled from the Adobe Downloads site due to an apparent issue with the installer. Some people have reported issues where the Camera Raw Plug-in fails to work after the Bridge 1.03 Update has been installed. PSN will post additional information when it arrives. For now, those people who DID download the 1.03 update and are having problems, we suggest visiting the Adobe hosted Bridge Forums (Mac and/or Windows) for any additional information on how to correct the issue.

Nov 3, 2005

Thumbnail previews of Camera Raw images do not display as expected (Adobe Bridge 1.x)

Source: Adobe Bridge Support

Issue: Thumbnail previews of Camera Raw images in Adobe Bridge 1.0 do not display as you expect them to.

Aug 19, 2005

Error “The Adobe Updater could not be started…” when you start Photoshop (CS2 on Windows)

Source: Adobe Bridge Support

Issue: When you start Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Update Manager returns the error “The Adobe Updater could not be started, please reinstall application and components.”

Aug 16, 2005

Adobe Stock Photos 1.0.3 update

Adobe® Stock Photos has a new update, version 1.0.3, which gives you access to more images than ever before. The Adobe Stock Photos 1.0.3 update adds several new features and fixes some problems discovered after Adobe Stock Photos 1.0.2 was released. UPDATE: It seems the updates were posted prematurely, PSN has removed the direct links. However, the 1.03 update is now available via Adobe Updater.

Aug 15, 2005

PhotoshopNews inside of Adobe Bridge

In cooperation with PixelGenius, PhotoshopNews is pleased to announce the availability of a new Adobe Bridge script to put inside of Bridge. Yes, right inside of Bridge!

Aug 3, 2005

Error: “…problem with the database and ‘[file name]‘ was not updated…” and folders display as white boxes (Bridge 1.0 for Mac OS)

Source: Adobe Bridge Support

Issue: When you open a folder in Adobe Bridge for the first time, you see the error “There was a problem with the database and “[file name]” was not updated correctly. This may effect searches…” Images in the folder, including the one referenced in the error message, display correctly, but you are unable to browse into other folders, which appear as white boxes in Adobe Bridge.

Jul 27, 2005

Error: ” Adobe Bridge cannot be used….” when you start Adobe Bridge 1.0.2 (CS2 on Windows)

Source: Photoshop Support Knowledgebase

Issue: When you start Adobe Bridge 1.0.2, it returns the following error and then quits: “Adobe Bridge cannot be used at this time because of licensing restrictions. You must have installed and launched at least one other Adobe application to use Adobe Bridge.”