Anyone get CS4 yet?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by motoxpress, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. motoxpress macrumors 6502

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    Just curious if anyone has upgrade yet and how well PS is running in "accelerated" mode on your mac.

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  2. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    Normally, I jump on the bandwagon right when these things come out. But this time, I just don't see any compelling features to make me want to jump on board.

    Well..okay...content aware scaling looks like it's about 17 different shades of awesome. But that alone isn't enough to make me want to pull the trigger. I'll consider it as more of my friends and colleagues adopt it.
     
  3. motoxpress thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Same here. I was all over CS3 for Intel compatibility but, CS4 is not causing me to open my wallet just yet. I do like the improvements in Flash and a few things in After Effects but, nothing really dramatic.

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  4. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    I get the feeling that Adobe is releasing software every 18 months - regardless of wherever they happen to be in their development cycle. I'm not sure I dig that philosophy.
     
  5. hitnrun7 Guest

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    Yes, was it worth it compared to CS3?, No. Although this time around i purchased the Master Collection, which will allow me to learn the programs i do not use on a regular basis. Thanks to the educational discount, it was pointless not to get the Master Collection, at least in my opinion as the point is to learn, right.
     
  6. Toronto Mike macrumors regular

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    "I get the feeling that Adobe is releasing software every 18 months - regardless of wherever they happen to be in their development cycle. I'm not sure I dig that philosophy".

    My theory over this issue is that they only allow you an upgrade price 3 versions back. So they are effectively pushing you to buy before that period expires or pay the full price product all over again. It is a way of using their platform to lock in a certain revenue stream beyond each new regular update. They are effectively forcing you to update within every five year period. Of coarse this also means a boon to the hardware manufacturers. It's a mutual arrangement between them - I'm sure.

    Mike
     
  7. mrclark321 macrumors newbie

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    Mine showed up the other day, still running CS3 on my windows laptop so had to buy a full version for my iMac...$700....eeeekkkkk
     
  8. skyton macrumors 6502

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    liking the look of some of the new PS stuff
    and the UI improvements in illustrator look great

    not upgrade fee great though!
     
  9. Toronto Mike macrumors regular

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    Has anyone tried CS4 on a G5?

    How much Ram are you using - and how is the speed and performance?

    Mike
     
  10. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    Wondering which CS was the most reliable so far. Any thoughts on that?
     
  11. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    CS3 has been great on my Intel-iMac - better than CS2. CS2 was great on my G4.

    But in terms of rock-solid stability, I have to say the winner is the lethal combination of Photoshop 5.5, Illustrator 8, and Quark 4.11.
     
  12. Kathy223 macrumors newbie

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    I'm not looking to upgrade until I find a reason to do so. Not even ui changes are enough to make me go out and spend hundreds of dollars upgrading when it's not necessary.
     
  13. jv-iphone macrumors newbie

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    I think I am moving to CS4 for the MAC, I have CS3 for windows, but when I get the new macbook pro and with my Imac I want to take advantage of the new features using the GPU which in my mind is enough to upgrade anyway..
    here are some of thing I have liked:

    Content aware scalling,

    Ability to rotate the canvas in real time, zooming in and out with out losing quality, the gpu can redraw quicker so it is a smooth zoom in and out,

    being able to throw the picture with the hand tool and pan around the image fluidly without losing any quality,

    when you zoom in over 500% you get pixels mapped out in squares so you can easily grab colors and such,

    The new adjustments panel, lets you add adjustment layers easier then before.

    You can use a button combo now and drag to the right or left to change the brush size which is cool another combo lets you adjust softness the same way

    I like the tab layouts, and the other thing is now for mac the window is one piece not floating on the desktop, more familiar to windows users switching.
     
  14. mangoman macrumors 6502a

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    I just installed Design Premium last night but haven't opened anything yet. Will jump into it tonight....
     
  15. hq.co.ua macrumors newbie

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    and? how it?
     
  16. Reach macrumors 6502a

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    I'm more provoked than anything about this upgrade, so haven't gotten it yet. And that's saying something, I love buying new applications and trying out new stuff, but this just doesn't offer me anything I truly need.. (And CS3 did, obviously with Intel-support and all.)

    Having the entry-price where it is is sweet when you buy for the first time, but you soon realize why they have it that low, they focus on revenue from frequent upgrades, just too bad they haven't made it worth it now.

    And PS is 64 bit on PC and not Mac right?

    Guess I'll probably have to get it some day, at least if the Flash-upgrade is well done. I'm lucky enough to work at the "start" of the chain though, I'm not a middle-man required to work with other peoples files, in which case you'd need to get this pretty fast I assume.
     
  17. polar-blair macrumors regular

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    I got it today, I didnt have CS3 so I decided to wait and get CS4 as I though it may not be worth upgrading if I had CS3 but I thought is was worth waiting a month to get it. Still installing the Damn thing, Got home at 4:30 started installing it (Master Collection) then had to leave to see the new James Bond Movie by the time I left I was half way through the 3rd Disc then when I came home it has quit!!!

    So Im having to go back through the Discs and finish off installing, Flash, Photo Shop, Indesign and Illustrator, The ones I use the MOST!!!!


    The box is cool to look at at the moment anyway. Ill be able to play with it tomorrow, :D
     
  18. Floris macrumors 68020

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    With the lack of native fully supported 64bit processing and the 'minor' upgrades (for what i use it for) it's not worth THAT amount of money to upgrade from cs3 for me. No thanks :)
     
  19. polar-blair macrumors regular

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    I have one question about the CS4 package.

    What is the Sure Shot (Focus Exposure Chart) ADOBE OnLocation Card thing for? and how do you use it, My first guess is it is used to calibrate the camera some how. Any one got any ideas?

    Almost finished the installation process.
     
  20. Krebstar macrumors regular

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    Only major thing I've heard so far is at least in Illustrator is tabbed art boards/windows, and that is a-maz-ing.
     
  21. goobimama macrumors regular

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    I got CS4 mainly due to improvements in Photoshop and InDesign. I like the tabbed interface of Photoshop, the non destructive adjustments panel, and the ability to turn my canvas. InDesign also has live preflight and smart guides (which are a really helpful).

    Having said that I'd wait a month or two before I switch all my projects over to CS4. The apps are buggy right now so I'm going to wait for at least the .1 version before I move the projects. Till then will continue to explore the new apps and look around.
     
  22. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502

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    Is anybody running CS4 on a plastic MacBook?
    I have ordered CS4 Design Premium and I just wonder how well that works,...
     
  23. goobimama macrumors regular

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    Given adequate amounts of RAM, CS4 should run just fine on a white MacBook. So far I've noticed that CS4 uses up much more RAM than CS3. Ars Technica has done a nice review of Photoshop on a Mac.
     
  24. MacNoobie macrumors 6502a

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    I've gotten the trial version of CS4 Master Suite and I must say its all a mixed bag for me honestly. I like that CS4 is GPU accelerated it makes a difference when working on layers in 3D. I'm just mixed on the accuracy of GPU acceleration honestly theres just something about it that doesnt seem right in CS4 when rotating smart object layers, color accuracy, and overall printing seems to suck compared to CS3.
     
  25. aleni macrumors 68000

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    does the CS4's GPU accelerated feature only work with Quadro FX vga? or it can be enabled even with the Nvidia 9400M in the macbook?

    the upgrade price is a bit expensive. :(
     

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