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Old Feb 14, 2005, 6:50 PM   #1
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Greetings;
I'd appreciate any opinions on whether it is worth while to upgrade to Photoshop CS from 7.0. I'm in a bit of a bind in that it looks to me that CS doesn't run on Win 98 SE, so I would have to upgrade to XP as well. I'm fairly happy with 7.0 but would appreciate hearing from anyone who has taken the plunge.

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Old Feb 14, 2005, 7:07 PM   #2
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Greetings;
I'd appreciate any opinions on whether it is worth while to upgrade to Photoshop CS from 7.0. I'm in a bit of a bind in that it looks to me that CS doesn't run on Win 98 SE, so I would have to upgrade to XP as well. I'm fairly happy with 7.0 but would appreciate hearing from anyone who has taken the plunge.
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As much as I dislike MS's product scheme, 98SE is not nearly the OS that XP (Pro) is. PS-CS is also 75% better than PS 7 too.
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Old Feb 15, 2005, 8:31 AM   #3
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Well cs is only better than 7 if you know the software well. If you merely scratch the surface of photoshop`s potential then maybe it`s not worth it, especailly if you have to upgrade your OS. Don`t forget, if you want your system to run well, and I mean really well, you need to reformat your hard drive prior to installing xp. But, for get that, I will throw a few key differences at you, if they go over your head, don`t upgrade,



ability to create non square fiels for use in video

ability to use healing brush on empty layer

highlight shadow tool ( a great tool to save a bunch of other steps to acheive same result )

RAW

match color, ( haven`t really used this one yet )

a few new blending modes

those are all I can remember becasue it`s been over a year since I`ve seen or used version 7, which is a great version though.


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Another big improvement from 7 to CS is the bicubic smoother resample for increasing image sizes.


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Old Feb 15, 2005, 11:04 AM   #5
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The main reason to do the upgrade (and CS is better in general) is the RAW importer. I don't think Adobe is upgrading this for 7 anymore. Of course if you don't shoot RAW, never mind...

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I'm still using version 7. Each upgrade I have made since version 3 has been an improvement, and I am sure CS is as well. I have the PS7 raw converter for my camera and prefer SI for upsamples. I don't use raw often because my old camera doesn't buffer them and I miss too many shots waiting for the write. As a result I don't generate much 16 bit imagery. PS7 doesn't do much with 16 bit compared to CS. When I upgrade to a camera that buffers raw shots I will buy CS – or whatever is current.

While CS is more competent, I will say I would rather have PS7 with Neat Image Pro, JPG repair and some of the eye candy plug-ins than CS if I couldn't afford both the upgrade and the extras.


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I have been using PS since version 5 and I would say that the file browser is the most awesome tool in CS. It all starts there and I work it to death. PS7 had one but it was weak and I didn't use it much. CS browseris killer. There are many other features to CS over 7 but unless you are using it hours everyday, as I do at work, I don't think it justifies the cost, and especially if you have to upgrade the OS. But when 9 comes along.......






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Old Feb 16, 2005, 5:50 PM   #8
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Thanks to all who responded. After reading some of the respnses I came to realise is that I still have a lot to learn in PS 7. I have the plug in for RAW files and do use that. Adding up all the costs of upgrading (and it is tax time here in Canada) I decided to hang on for a bit. Thanks, again-well considered adviced from all.

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Old Feb 17, 2005, 2:59 AM   #9
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Erik
Waiting is the right decision as a new version (CS2) is due out shortly, given Adobe's usual 18 month cycle. April seems to be the date appearing on the Forums.

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