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Adobe previews Universal Photoshop CS3

updated 05:55 pm EDT, Mon September 18, 2006

Adobe previews PS CS3

Adobe offered a preview of its Photoshop CS3 software that runs natively on Intel-based Macs at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster attended the event -- which saw the largest turnout ever with around 3,000 attendees -- and spoke with 52 Adobe customers about various topics. "While the presentation did not reveal any of the CS3 features, it provided evidence that the company has already successfully moved this core application to the Intel-Mac platform," the analyst wrote. Photoshop CS3 is part of a new software suite that will combine existing technologies with those from Macromedia, which was acquired by Adobe last year.

Munster found that 87 percent of Adobe product users surveyed indicate that when Photoshop CS3 -- which combines Adobe and Macromedia technology -- is released in the spring of 2007, there is at least a 50 percent chance they will purchase it within one year of its release. A solid 52 percent of users said there is greater than a 70 percent chance they will purchase CS3 within that same timeframe.

Adobe today also released Acrobat 8 as part of its Creative Suite 2.3. Although not Universal, Acrobat 8 already incorporates Flash technology from Macromedia, and allows users to easily access various features such as interacting with PDF forms and reviewing as well as collaborating on documents.

by MacNN Staff





  1. ccsccs7

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flash CS3

    So, will Flash CS3 be one of the products or are we going to an addon on to Illustrator?

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That guy again.

    Is it just me, or is this Gene Munster guy popping up EVERYWHERE in MacVille these days? Anything that's happening, he's got a report on it or at least an opinion.

    Busy little bee, that Gene fella.

  1. zl9600

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Hold on to your hats, this "CS" stuff has already unraveled. Look for multiple versions, multiple packs, and multiple wallet-openings for "upgrades" to a suite that really isn't so "suite" anymore.

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The CS Suites area great value. I will be glad when I can get Flash as part of the suite and not have to pay for Freehand, Golive and Fireworks I will be saving unless they price it at an $1000 upgrade. Photoshop, Flash, Acrobat, Illustrator and Indesign are all well worth the price. Since I have already gone to a MacBook and Mac Pro, I can't wait to take full advantage of the speed of these machines.

  1. zaghahzag

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yo adobe:

    Hurry up! you putzes.

    taking 2+ years to port to a new platform = LAME.

  1. corsair

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It is Universal

    Your article says "Although not Universal, Acrobat 8..."

    But this Adobe blog says it is Universal. (see comments after the post)

  1. Albert

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Adobe=Poor Communicators

    Adobe today gets a 'D-' for its' failure to communicate to the public necessary and critical details about thier 'overpriced malware'.

    Don't be suprised when I quote that PS 2.5 is still better then any 'newer PS version to date; and if you kept your Adobe PS software upto date you'd also be out several thousand bucks!!!.

    overprices malware!!

  1. corsair

    Joined: Dec 1969


    PS 2.5

    "Don't be suprised when I quote that PS 2.5 is still better then any 'newer PS version to date"

    I wouldn't be surprised to hear an amateur say that.

    I'm using lots of CS2 features that save so much time and increase color output quality so much I wouldn't want to be hamstrung by the primitiveness of PS 2.5. Anyone who prefers an older Photoshop at this point needs to be using Photoshop Elements, not the expensive Photoshop.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: yo adobe

    yo adobe: Hurry up! you putzes.

    taking 2+ years to port to a new platform = LAME.

    Hey, having to keep rewriting software because your the OS vendor decides to keep changing paths is lame. Maybe if, years ago, when Apple gave developers their little "Switch to xcode!" sermon, they actually told them WHY they should spend the time and money to change development environments, they wouldn't have to do it now. But no. Apple keeps everything close to the vest, so developers never know what actually is coming up. And software companies, just like any other company, isn't going to spend resources on a task that offers no benefit. And I'm sure it doesn't help apple that developers still remember how they were told way back when that if they wrote their apps for the yellow box, it would run on windows as well as OS X. Then 6-12 months later, Apple announces that, nope, it won't. Sorry...

    Remember the last version of Quark was really late in becoming an OS X native app. Why? Because they had to spend the time then to convert it. But for them, they apparently did it at the time to XCode, which made it quicker to convert to a universal binary.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    a few things.....

    I agree w/ Testudo on the fact that Apple should have given deleopers a little more heads up on switching - that way consumers aren't waiting 2 years to get new stuff that is out now_

    Adobe cannot just pump out Photoshop - Illustrator - InDesign - Flash - Dreamweaver and Fireworks over night_ 'Cause they are aware that if they do and they s**** things up on the level that Apple pumps out clunky first generation hardware or Microsoft pumps out crappy software -say they put out a crappy version of Photoshop - BUT it's a Universal Binary and it runs natively on an Intel Mac - But I cannot do any production work w/ the $3000 hardware and $1300 software that I just purchased 'cause I have to wait 6 months while I'm losing work and clients - Adobe will lose business_ Period_

    Adobe would be stupid to integrate Flash fully into Illustrator - odds are it won;t happen - they are 2 completely different Applications that serve 2 different purposes_

    Adobe's ownwebsite says that Acrobat 8 system requirements include a Mac w/ Intel Processors but that the rest of the CS2.3 version of the suite does not include that piece on their respective system requirements_

    As far as GoLive and Fireworks go - personally I think Adobe would be stupid to keep GoLive in lieu of Dreamweaver and as much hand holding as Adobe does with Imageready - they'd be better off axing it in favor of Firewoks_ FW is too powerful and robust for them to trash_ And Adobe bought GoLive a few years back when Dreamweaver hit big time_ They revised it changed it around but never got it to become as user friendly or as stable as DW_

    As far as PS 2.5 goes - yeah in the past there have been a few version that were already tried and true when the new version came out and the newer version had cool features that the previous had_ Also Adobe tends to add in bloated features to the Professional software to allow for expert and beginners to use it [this practice needs to stop] - but but as far as PS CS2 goes - even with it's added bloatware - it's core features - power and stability far outweigh me ever going back to a previous version_ It can do so many more things than ANY previous version_

    So you can keep yore MAC OS System 7 and PS 2.5 - I guess the bright is you don't know what yore missing out on_

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