Adobe’s Photoshop beta aimed at latest systems

Beta version of CS3 in tune with hardware advances
Adobe’s Photoshop beta aimed at latest systems
By Staff writer
Sat 23 Dec 2006 04:00 AM

Adobe Systems has introduced a beta version of its photo-editing software application Adobe Photoshop CS3.

Photoshop CS3 beta is aimed at enabling customers to easily upgrade to the latest hardware platforms, particularly Apple’s new Intel-based systems.

The beta can be downloaded from the Adobe Labs website and is available as a universal binary, which means it will run on PowerPC and Intel-based Macs, as well as Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 is planned to launch in spring 2007.

“This is an exciting time for the Mac, and Adobe wanted to ease the move to new Intel-based systems with a preview release of Photoshop CS3,” said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions Business Unit at Adobe.

“We didn’t want to leave Windows customers out of the party, so the beta is available to everyone in the creative industry’s most passionate user community — no matter what their platform choice.

“We still have some surprises in store, but this beta gives customers an early chance to see the power of another great Photoshop release, optimised and tuned to run natively on the latest hardware and operating systems,” he added.

Photoshop CS3 beta includes a pre-release version of a major upgrade to Adobe Bridge. Also available is a preview release of Adobe Device Central that customers can use to design, preview, and test mobile content, created specifically for smaller screens.

Adobe said this new tool simplified and accelerated the creation of mobile content through a preview environment and built-in device profiles.

To utilise Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta, customers require a serial number from Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Creative Suite 2, Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio, Adobe Design Bundle, Adobe Web Bundle or Adobe Video Bundle.

Although the beta is available in English only, customers with a valid serial number for other language versions of qualifying Adobe products can download the software.

For access, customers must register online with Adobe or have an existing membership account.

Without a serial number, users can still download Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta and use it for a limited time.

Adobe has also released two new web tools as beta releases — Adobe CSS Advisor and Adobe Spry framework for Ajax. Adobe CSS Advisor is a new web-based community site to easily identify and resolve browser compatibility issues.

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