CS5...say anything...

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by mBox, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. mBox macrumors 68020

    Jun 26, 2002
    Well its been a few months with CS5 released.
    How's everybody's take on the upgrade?
    Reason I'm asking is that I have to upgrade this year (budget) and wonder if I should go full blast (12k total cost) or piece by piece.
    We have mixed licenses of bundles here for both Mac and Windows.
    If there is a thread on this, sorry I couldnt find one (because there are tons).
    Any thoughts would be helpful :)

    Edit: forgot to add that we use Adobe for mostly Motion Design and Graphics. Not so much for Web and Video.
  2. chaosbunny macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    I have upgraded to CS5 design standard and for me it was well worth it. I already used puppet wrap and content aware fill in Photoshop quite often, previously something like this was considerably more effort, sometimes simply not worth it. InDesign got the best improvements in my opinion, different page sizes within one document make my workflow much easier and pdf export in the background thanks to multicore support often saves precious time. It also seems that InDesign CS5 is actually faster than CS3 or 4 on my machine - maybe also thanks to multicore support.

    If you are doing illustrations or photo editing with a tablet the new brushes in Photoshop and Illustrator, that change like a real brush when you turn the wacom pen are great too, so is the mixer brush, that lets you paint like you have real, wet media on the screen.

    These are the things that made the upgrade worth it for me, I don't know your needs or if these things are worth it for someone else, but I'm certainly happy that I have them.
  3. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    The custom class introspection in Flash CS5 actions panel is very nice.
    InDesign CS5 "span columns" paragraph style option is extremely useful.
  4. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    Does anyone have experience running this next to CS3? How easy is opening and back-saving?
  5. chaosbunny macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    As expected, CS3 documents open just fine without any problems in CS5.

    Photoshop CS5 files will open in CS3, Illsutrator CS5 files will have to be back-saved, obviously CS4/5 specific effects will disappear or transform into something not really editable during that process.

    With InDesign it's tricky. CS5 no longer exports .inx files, only .idml files for legacy export. Sadly, these .idml files can only be opened in CS4, not CS3.

    Hope this helps.
  6. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    FlashCS5 apparently can back-save only to CS4 format.
    This is a problem if you have CS3 files that must remain CS3 files.
  7. advres Guest


    Oct 3, 2003
    If you use Vector Paint at all, don't upgrade. They took that tool out and I am none-too-pleased.
  8. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

    Jim Campbell

    Dec 6, 2006
    A World of my Own; UK
    If you have Illustrator CS3 documents that use a crop area, back-saving from CS5 deletes that crop area. Which is pretty damn annoying, TBH.


  9. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I upgraded from CS3 to CS5 and I am loving it.

    Granted, I'm no longer the photoshop jockey that I used to be but I still use it fairly often.

    CS5 is a lot faster then CS3 and from my experience, MUCH more stable.

    I can now create a psd network from Maya 2011 to Photoshop CS5. It would not work with CS3 for who knows what reason. I can also link it with Unity as well with no problems.

    Content aware fill is a HUGE time saver. Some people expect too much from it but it does a great job at getting you close, and then letting you manually touch up an area. I haven't had the need to play with puppet warp but it looks super useful.
  10. Baycon macrumors member

    May 10, 2010
    I ran into issues with the momentum scrolling with the magic mouse...unfortunately, I'm not willing to give up the speed/ease of use from that feature, so I ended up not upgrading.

    Also, an essential plugin for work (I use on every photo, so like 4 to 6 times an hour, all day) doesn't work in 64bit.

    Needless to say, not being able to use all these new features (and allocating all of my 8gb of RAM) is making me a sad panda :(
  11. Padaung macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2007
    That's interesting and useful to know, I've always found CS3 (Photoshop only) to be very buggy.

    Nik by any chance? I'm in the same boat with the Aperture version of the plugin - very frustrating.
  12. lisabeyond macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    Cs5 Resizing Pic Boxes With Command Option Click So The Box Resizes From One Edge

    Is there a preference change I can make so when I resize my pic box with command option click, it resizes from the edge not the centre. Seems to have defaulted to this in CS5?
  13. shady825 macrumors 68000


    Oct 8, 2008
    Area 51
    Just ordered Photoshop CS5. Cant wait for it to get here.
    Back ordered in my school store :(
    They said it should be in Friday tho..

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