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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Available for Free Public Beta

Adobe has launched a free public beta for their new Photoshop CS6 Beta. As detailed in the press release, the commercial release will follow in the first half of this year for both Mac and Windows. Final pricing has not been announced.


According to Macworld, the new version of Photoshop works only on 64-bit Mac systems and is no longer available in 32-bit mode. CNet provides a hands-on look of the new Photoshop and describes some of the many changes:
There's so much big news surrounding Photoshop CS6 that I'm not sure where to start. This is Adobe's first-ever public beta of its most important product (expected to ship sometime in the first half of this year). It's the first Adobe product to incorporate the company's new DRM architecture. It's the first version of Photoshop to take video seriously and to make it into the Standard Edition of the product rather than the extra-pricey Extended version. It's the first version to integrate the company's GPU-accelerating Mercury Graphics Engine (MGE) . And for the first time in more than 20 years, Photoshop goes dark.
Macworld also covers many of the new changes in detail.

Adobe highlights several of the new features found in Photoshop CS6 in this video:


Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta is available for download at Adobe's site.

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27 months ago
Why doesn't Adobe just make one version of photoshop and price it at a point where mere mortals can afford it. How about somewhere between $89-$199 and throw it on the app store.


They can use all the DRM they want if they keep pricing it way out of reach of customers reach they will just crack and pirate it.

Wish apple would just end this and either buy adobe or finally unveil they're photoshop killer that's been in development forever and a day.
Rating: 28 Positives
27 months ago



Why doesn't Adobe just make one version of photoshop and price it at a point where mere mortals can afford it. How about somewhere between $89-$199 and throw it on the app store.


I think you're looking for Photoshop Elements (http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-65136385-Photoshop-Elements-10/dp/B005MMMT6E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332394800&sr=8-1)
Rating: 23 Positives
27 months ago



Why doesn't Adobe just make one version of photoshop and price it at a point where mere mortals can afford it. How about somewhere between $89-$199 and throw it on the app store.


They can use all the DRM they want if they keep pricing it way out of reach of customers reach they will just crack and pirate it.

Wish apple would just end this and either buy adobe or finally unveil they're photoshop killer that's been in development forever and a day.


Because home consumers is NOT the target audience for Photoshop and Creative Suite? It is professional software for professional users. They have different programs to target home users and consumers, like the Elements series of products. If you are one of the few home users that can, needs and actually does use the additional features not present in consumer products, I am quite sure you would be willing to pony up the money. Most consumers though are more interesting in pirating professional software and showing off to their buddies what cool stuff they have without ever being able to utilize it more than the basics that are also present in iPhoto.

If you can/need more but can't afford it, check out Pixelmator (http://www.pixelmator.com/), which works the same way as Photoshop (incl keyboard shortcuts) for just $29.99, though it is not as full featured as the real thing.
Rating: 13 Positives
27 months ago

I think you're looking for Photoshop Elements (http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-65136385-Photoshop-Elements-10/dp/B005MMMT6E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332394800&sr=8-1)


He mentioned making "one version" though. I think he wants just one version of Photoshop at a decent cost.
Rating: 13 Positives
27 months ago

If you can/need more but can't afford it, check out Pixelmator (http://www.pixelmator.com/), which works the same way as Photoshop (incl keyboard shortcuts) for just $29.99, though it is not as full featured as the real thing.


Pixelmator is a sweet app. A great 'in-between' choice for those that need more options than Photoshop Elements but not nearly as many as the full version of Photoshop.

However, no professional is going to use Pixelmator in a studio environment. Clients, agencies, studios, etc all use Photoshop, its the gold standard.
Rating: 11 Positives
27 months ago
I'm just saying Adobe price the damn thing at something realistic. Most media professionals are like starving artists, only a few are really making great money.
Rating: 9 Positives
27 months ago

If you have ever used Pixalmator you'd know that all your projects can be exported to PSD and TIFF. While my office uses Photoshop I use Pixelmator at home for all of my freelance work. I guess that makes me suicidal ;)

Still trying to find a good replacement for Illustrator though.


I clearly said in studio, this is my THIRD time now having to say that agencies, studios and clients DO NOT use Pixelmator. One because anything saved in Photoshop wont be supported in Pixelmator, two, even if it is there are issues and three because Pixelmator doesnt exist for Windows which typically clients use to send files to the studios to work on, the account execs who deal with agencies. You guys know there is another *very* popular OS out there, right? This isnt a 'Mac Only World'

For home/personal use, pixelmator should be good enough for the intermediate user even with its limitations compared to photoshop, which holds true as youve stated you use it for freelance.

I should note, if you use Photoshop at work, the EULA allows you to have your own copy installed on your home computer, mirroring the install on your work computer. Both cant be used at the same time, but that doesnt matter since you cant be at home and at work at the same time anyway, lol. Ask your employer fort the install discs and S/N and get the Creative Suite installed on your home computer.
Rating: 9 Positives
27 months ago

Have you worked in marketing, advertising or print? Nobody sends pixelmator format files, everything is PSD. Hence no professional in a studio environment uses it much less relies on it, it'd be suicide.


If you have ever used Pixalmator you'd know that all your projects can be exported to PSD and TIFF. While my office uses Photoshop I use Pixelmator at home for all of my freelance work. I guess that makes me suicidal ;)

Still trying to find a good replacement for Illustrator though.
Rating: 8 Positives
27 months ago

I'm really not liking how everything is grouped inside of one window, like the Windows version has always been. I like to be able to see through to my desktop and have my separate photos show in Exposé. Anyone know if there's a way to reenable that?


You can kiss expose goodbye as Mission Control sucks a$$. The elimination of 'all windows at once' (real expose) makes it impossible to drag an object from illustrator, enable expose by hitting a hot corner, selecting the desired photoshop document/window by hovering over it and dropping it in place. This doesnt require any key strokes on the keyboard and not even a single click on the mouse, just drag, hit hot corner, hover and drop.

If Adobe is to have any blame put on them, Apple is equally at fault for failing miserably with Mission Control.
Rating: 8 Positives
27 months ago

Have you worked in marketing, advertising or print? Nobody sends pixelmator format files, everything is PSD. Hence no professional in a studio environment uses it much less relies on it, it'd be suicide.

Have you worked in print/marketing/advertising? When does anyone send a layered PSD to a printer when a Tiff or (generally from InDesign) a PDF would work fine, and generally the printer can't mess with it then. Sorry... But 12 year design vet here, and I've only once sent a PSD, and that was for dynamic data prints.
Rating: 8 Positives

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