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Photoshop CS6 Beta  (Source: photoshopsupport.com)
CS6 will launch in H1 2012, price undetermined

Adobe Systems Incorporated has released Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta to the public for both Windows and Mac OS.

Photoshop is a graphics editing program that is developed and published by Adobe Systems Incorporated. The latest version, Photoshop CS6 beta, will allow users to download the software for free from Adobe Labs and offer feedback to Adobe employees.

Photoshop CS6 brings many new features to the table, including increased performance and new creative tools. Some of these new features include Content-Aware Patch, which lets users select and duplicate a certain part of an image and patch it with another; Content-Aware Move, which allows users to select and move an object to another area in the image, and 3D editing features. All features that will be released in Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended will be available in the beta version.

"Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance," said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. "We couldn't wait to share this beta of Photoshop CS6 with our customers and are looking forward to hearing from them and seeing the ways they are incorporating the beta into their daily creative workflows."

Adobe hasn't announced pricing for Photoshop CS6 yet, but plans to release the new creative software within the first half of 2012. Users can download the beta version for free in English or Japanese here.

Adobe also recently made its software more available to its creative customers on the run with Adobe Touch Apps, which are available on the Android Market. The six apps include Adobe Photoshop Touch, Adobe Collage, Adobe Debut, Adobe Ideas, Adobe Kuler and Adobe Proto.

Source: Adobe



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Photoshop is just one of those killer apps
By retrospooty on 3/22/2012 12:19:16 PM , Rating: 4
Its been awesome for years and many many versions ago. Like Excel.

I think all these new versions are just to milk profits. It hasnt added anything terribly useful in the last 4 or 5 versions, but only because it was such a powerful app to begin with.




RE: Photoshop is just one of those killer apps
By dark matter on 3/22/2012 12:44:47 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know why you got downrated. But I agree. Which is why I don't upgrade until at least two versions have passed.


RE: Photoshop is just one of those killer apps
By B3an on 3/22/2012 8:17:24 PM , Rating: 2
CS6 is a pretty significant upgrade. Far larger than CS5 was from CS4 for instance. Theres a new UI (finally!), as the old UI was really looking dated, infact i remember Photoshop looking almost the same 12 years ago. You can also edit video in CS6, obviously it dont compare to Premiere Pro or After Effects in this area but its decent.

Theres vids here showing much of the new stuff...
http://www.photoshopuser.com/cs6


RE: Photoshop is just one of those killer apps
By bah12 on 3/23/2012 10:59:17 AM , Rating: 2
Guess it depends on your skill level. CS5's content aware abilities were pretty huge for the novice, and this builds on that.

It is a very powerful app for people well versed in using it, but if they want to break into a more casual user market they need to keep improving the "auto-fix" tools.


By B3an on 3/25/2012 4:07:21 AM , Rating: 2
Photoshop is professional image editing software with a price tag to match. It's certainly not at all for casual users. Theres lots of cheap alternatives for that including Adobe Photoshop Elements. But having said that, the content aware feature in CS6 has been improved further.


RE: Photoshop is just one of those killer apps
By bug77 on 3/22/2012 12:45:31 PM , Rating: 2
If you're a first-time customer, you might as well get the version having most features.
When upgrading, probably the most sensible thing to do is skip a few versions and then buy the whole thing again, rather then paying 50% each time for a few features at once.

It's Adobe's (and many others') business model, what can you do?


By adiposity on 3/22/2012 2:06:21 PM , Rating: 2
Well, if you skip a few versions, you can still upgrade for about the same price as upgrading from one version to the next, further reducing the incentive to upgrade every cycle.


By someguy123 on 3/22/2012 5:38:12 PM , Rating: 2
The only thing I'm honestly looking forward to is performance improvements. If they aren't going to add anything interesting they had better implement scaling to more cores.


Expiration?
By crimson117 on 3/22/2012 12:35:26 PM , Rating: 2
Does this beta version ever expire?




RE: Expiration?
By kattanna on 3/22/2012 1:18:40 PM , Rating: 4
im sure it does, but it wants you to log in with your adobe account, of which i dont feel like creating one to install the beta


RE: Expiration?
By BugblatterIII on 3/22/2012 9:39:06 PM , Rating: 2
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/photoshopcs6/

"You do not need a serial number to install and use the beta. Simply select "Try. I want to try Adobe Photoshop CS6 for a limited time." in the Welcome Screen when you start the installation process."

Elsewhere on that page it say: "Adobe ID login and online activation are required either at installation or within seven days after your first launch of the Photoshop CS6 beta", which may or may not mean the beta's only good for 7 days unless you already have Photoshop.


RE: Expiration?
By Mk4ever on 3/22/2012 7:20:09 PM , Rating: 2
...soon after the launch of Photoshop CS6 in spring 2012.

http://forums.adobe.com/message/4209419#4209419


RE: Expiration?
By lucyfek on 3/22/2012 8:56:20 PM , Rating: 3
Beta is not worth the DRM junk they'll infect your system with (unless you have disposable Windows 8 machine)


Price undetermined?
By bug77 on 3/22/2012 12:42:09 PM , Rating: 2
dpreview has this pegged at $599 for the regular edition and $999 for extended.




RE: Price undetermined?
By Mitch101 on 3/22/2012 1:43:22 PM , Rating: 2
Might be the greatest photo editing product but its out of my price range and out of the scope of what I want I'm willing to learn. Adobe elements is as far as I will go but it needs to be under $40.00.


RE: Price undetermined?
By ClownPuncher on 3/22/2012 3:51:47 PM , Rating: 3
It all depends on your need. For me, it makes me far more money than it costs.


RE: Price undetermined?
By bug77 on 3/22/2012 5:38:30 PM , Rating: 3
That's the typical setup for Photoshop: it's a tool for pros, in their hands it pays for itself. For amateurs that only retouch holiday photos (like me), not so much.


meh...
By Quadrillity on 3/22/2012 8:59:35 PM , Rating: 3
Glad I caught their most recent sale. CS 5.5 Master Collection: $180. Turned me from a pirate to a customer in the blink of an eye with that kind of price! lol :D




RE: meh...
By Paj on 3/23/2012 8:11:08 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, thats pretty good. Was it secondhand?

We recently upgraded to CS5.5 Design premium - 2 licenses for £1000, but it took me ages to find that.


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