We all know that Creative Suite 3 will be out some time at the end of March, but Adobe is announcing the release of 2 versions of Photoshop CS3. A regular version and a version called Photoshop CS3 Extended, which has additional capabilities for those who are in 3-D animation, medical imagery, and image analysis.
Maybe they caught the idea from the company they bought [Macromedia], which produced Flash 8 and Flash 8 Professional. Catering to different markets is great but like Microsoft trying to sell five different versions of Vista, I don’t like it at all.
Years ago, Adobe had a long running magazine that featured client stories, tutorials, tips & tricks, and FAQ’s. They have decided to give it a go again and this time it’s a free download: http://www.adobemagazine.com/
Thank you Adobe!!!
This is, perhaps, the best and insightful estimation of the client/artist relationship perception. The (In)Famous Craigslist post which was removed from Craigslist. How true it is that clients are always looking for free work or work for nothing. We are expected as designers to know everything, but get paid much less than someone who would get paid to know everything. The professional association examples are especially comedic.
A List Apart has a great article on turning Photoshop comps into useable client mockups with ImageReady. Ironically, Adobe is planning on canning ImageReady, probably in favor of FireWorks. I’ve protested vehemently and started a post that’s now 4 pages long at the Photoshop CS3 Adobe labs forum.
The article is a testament again to it’s powerful output capabilities as you can export slices as absolutely positioned DIVs and then control them via CSS.
I posted a question on the new Photoshop CS3 Beta forum about the status of ImageReady, Photoshop’s long-time web companion. I was told by Jeff Schewe that ImageReady is dead!?! I couldn’t believe it, as others couldn’t either.
I noticed that the Jump To menu in Photoshop CS3 didn’t have anything to jump to and the bottom of the toolbox did not contain a Jump to button. I was surprised but not so surprised seeing that Fireworks is a really capable, lightweight web imaging program that can do almost everything that ImageReady can do.
This is also a testament to the direction Photoshop is heading, which in my humble opinion, is for Photographers and digital imaging in general. What I’m going to miss most is the ability to quickly cut up a navigation system and then output rollOvers. There are some ImageReady features built into Photoshop CS2 and CS3, but this isn’t one of them.
For those of you who are going to be forced to migrate to Fireworks, take a look at this tutorial, which gave me a little hint of what was to come.