Installing Photoshop on Vista

I have been playing with the retail version of Windows Vista for a few days now and am pleased to report it has all gone quite smoothly, more on this later.
There is one slight annoying glitch – although Photoshop installs fine there is a registration dialog shown on each time the program is run. Even if you fill out the registration details it still appears the next time you start Photoshop.
To solve this problem do this: right click on the Photoshop icon and select “Run as administrator”, then either fill out the details once (or select “never register” if you already have). The registration screen will not be seen again.

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Photoshop CS3 beta update

I’m a bit underwhelmed at the moment, can’t see anything “must have” appearing here. The new palettes and layout methods do look promising (though require getting used to).
I’m assuming Adobe have left out a few features they intend putting into the release candidate because as they stand CS3 running native on Intel Macs looks like the only compelling reason to buy.

Quicker start up times on Windows PCs is nice but not exactly compelling. The new Bridge crashes too often for me to use it much.

I would advise clients on Powerpc macs or windows XP that they are not missing much at the moment though you can download and install the beta and run it in parallel with CS2 to see for yourself.

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Photoshop CS3 Beta

A little bit exciting this one, for the first time Adobe are releasing a public beta (ie unfinished) version of CS3 Bridge2 and Camera Raw 4 for everyone with an existing Photoshop licence to try.

The link as of 10am wasn’t yet live but this will work sometime today:

http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?e=labs%5Fphotoshop

My guess is that there are lots of people (including potentially me) who are holding off from buying an Intel Mac until Photoshop CS3 is out and Apple would like a smoother buying curve (hinted to Adobe?). For whatever reason it will be interesting to see the Intel benchmarks for new windows/macs….

I will be playing extensively on it to see if any of my client actions need tweaking or if there are better ways to increase production, I will report on this page over the next few weeks.

You may want to try it yourself, read the licence carefully and be aware of what your doing – I wouldn’t do any serious client production on the beta just in case there are a few funnies.

Stephen

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Velvia Action

By popular request Im posting a direct link to Michael Soo’s software page.
Michael has done a good job to make a Photoshop action to replicate the look of a Velvia image (a particular kind of saturation).
For photographers used to Velvia the colour of digital capture can seem a little pale (if more accurate!). This action can also be used on film scans to perk them up a little.
For my clients I edit the action a little to set the opacity of the Velvia layer and leave the opacity control open ready to fine tune. For myself I find the blue’s go a little too cyan so I correct this by cycling the blue hue towards magenta a little.

$10 well spent:

www.soocool.com/software/

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New round of software updates

Over at the (very slow) Adobe website there are lots of updates for Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw. To help speed you up I have listed the direct links here:

Camera raw version 3.5 for windows
Photoshop version CS2 9.0.2 update for windows

Camera raw version 3.5 for OSX
Photoshop version CS2 9.0.2 update for OSX

Meanwhile back at the ranch, Phase one; the cheeky little monkeys, have been burning the midnight oil to release 3.7.5 of their C1 software, this supports new cameras (including the Leica M8) and has some other general improvements. You can get it here

Worth keeping up with these updates, download, install and forget.

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Photoshop 9.0.1 Mac bug update

Looks like the printing problem when using Photoshop 9.0.1 on OSX is not down to poor programming at Adobe but is due instead to a failure at some level of Apples operating system. Apple have released a patch that solves this (and quite a few other problems) here:

Apple Patch

Operating systems are complex things.

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Photoshop Update 9.0.1

Adobe have released an update to Photoshop CS2 that fixes a few niggles and improves performance in certain conditions.
You can read all about it on the download pages:

Here for the Mac users
Here for the PC users

It seems a long standing tradition to bring out a 0.0.1 release for Photoshop, this one took longer than other revisions in the past. I have respect for Adobes programming skills so dont see any problems for clients updating their systems with this, it may even solve a few issues you may have.

oops… looks like I spoke too soon:

UPDATE: Adobe forums mention problems for Mac users when printing using 9.0.1 There is a problem with this update and colour management. Looks like a revised update will be coming soon. Will keep you informed.

Stephen

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