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TGDaily reports that the next version of Adobe's Photoshop application will take advantage of video cards graphics processing units (GPUs) to provide a dramatic improvement in performance.
So, what can you do with general-purpose GPU (GPGPU) acceleration in Photoshop? We saw the presenter playing with a 2 GB, 442 megapixel image like it was a 5 megapixel image on an 8-core Skulltrail system. Changes made through image zoom and through a new rotate canvas tool were applied almost instantly. Another impressive feature was the import of a 3D model into Photoshop, adding text and paint on a 3D surface and having that surface directly rendered with the 3D models' reflection map.
These features are expected to be introduced in Adobe's next version of Creative Suite (CS4) which is expected in October of this year. GPU acceleration has been used in many aspects of Mac OS X's Core Animation and Core Image.

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AdeFowler

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CS4 in October? Seems like only recently that CS3 came out. I have a strong feeling that I'm about to skip a version.
 

schnb

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this wont be too great for integrated GPUs will it..
or will there still be improvement but only slightly? hm.
 

Gherkin

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CS4 in October? Seems like only recently that CS3 came out. I have a strong feeling that I'm about to skip a version.

Yea, from what I can find on the web, there was about a 2 year gap between CS2 and CS3. October seems a little early for CS4. Is that really when it's projected to come out?
 

hyddan

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That sounds great! I hope they do corel painter-esque canvas rotation with this, and that it natively works on intel OSX from the start, of course.

On the negative side I can see photoshop buffed with even more features and separate versions I'll never see or use (the CS2 from CS1 transition for example). But hopefully it will fit right in.
 

john7jr

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Adobe said somewhere that they intend to make more regular updates, perhaps even yearly, to their lineup. So this could be very cool. October, huh?

Too bad it was also announced that CS4 would only be 64-bit on Windows, not on the Mac until CS5.
 

bdkennedy1

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This will be absolutely kick-ass.

Speed is always a graphic designers friend. The amount of time saved will be terrific.
 

neven

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Yes please Adobe add more features that are useful about once or twice a year... :rolleyes:

Order-of-magnitude improvements in the speed of zooming, panning, scaling, and general rendering is something that would only be useful to you once or twice a year?

How about different sized pages in InDesign? Or gradients to transparency in Illustrator? Guess we'll never see these.

New features are the LAST thing we need. Most Photoshop professionals I know are still using the features of Photoshop 7 99% of the time. And this *is* a bit of news about Photoshop, not about InDesign or the rest of CS.
 

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This will be absolutely kick-ass.

Speed is always a graphic designers friend. The amount of time saved will be terrific.

There are two types of graphic designers:

1. Trial and Error; or

2. Visionary and the minimal steps to obtain it. ;):p:)

Which one are you?
 

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Wish they re-write the apps in cocoa, would it be faster then?

Yes, to an extent it would be faster. Not sure why Adobe® does not rewrite it in Cocoa and make it 64-bit multi-processor aware. Take another year to do this as I care less for CS4. Skip CS4 and once the above it met release it under whatever naming scheme it deems. Just get it done. :rolleyes:
 

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New features are the LAST thing we need. Most Photoshop professionals I know are still using the features of Photoshop 7 99% of the time. And this *is* a bit of news about Photoshop, not about InDesign or the rest of CS.

How true indeed?

For me it would be v6 - 7 though, v5.5 was the turning point though for PS. :)
 

john7jr

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Yes, to an extent it would be faster. Not sure why Adobe® does not rewrite it in Cocoa and make it 64-bit multi-processor aware. Take another year to do this as I care less for CS4. Skip CS4 and once the above it met release it under whatever naming scheme it deems. Just get it done. :rolleyes:

That's what they are going to do. CS4 will continue to use the 32-bit Carbon APIs, which thanks to Apple changing their mind about it - didn't go 64-bit along with the Cocoa APIs in Leopard. But by CS5 they expect to have enough of it re-written to go 64-bit.
 
Photoshop CS4 will not be cocoa. It'll still be 32-bit :( but photoshop CS5 will be cocoa

I'll believe it when I see it. I'm still expecting in 2009 to see an Adobe announcement that converting the CS Suite to Cocoa is not going very well, Apple's XCode is not as versatile as Code Warriors or Microsoft's stuff, and have decided to throw all their support behind adding dedicated support files for Parallels and Fusion users running Windows or the Dual Boot option.
 

Wigletbill

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Is it just me....

Or is this update a little soon!?

How about supporting the $3k+ CS3 suite with updates!!!? I mean they thing came out in April of '07. I am all for innovation but it seems like maybe we could get some upgrades through the software updater before they drop a new version 18 months later for another 3k.

J
 
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