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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 10:37 AM   #1
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Wink CS4 - early adopters - any issues??

Damn Adobe product line is confusing - a couple of suppliers have set up specialists just to navigate buyers through the maze.

Now CS4 is adding to the confusion.

Any early adopters out there with some feedback good or bad.



If you could state your machine type - ie G5, Intel tower etc appreciated.

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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 06:40 PM   #2
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I have it on both a 2.8Ghz iMac and a 2.5Ghz MBP. I haven't done a whole lot with it yet. Just playing around a bit. No compatibility problems that I've seen.

Only surprise was the dollar exchange rate. Bought both the CS4 and Lightroom 2 upgrades together to get a $30 discount. Still cost me >$300 US, which was exchanged to $373 CDN. I miss the "on par" days.
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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 07:23 PM   #3
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Damn Adobe product line is confusing - a couple of suppliers have set up specialists just to navigate buyers through the maze.
Quoted for truth. Man, you need a PHD to be able to quote people a price. Had one client who had 6 various versions of Adobe software that wanted to upgrade to CS3 now, and get the free CS4 upgrade. Half versions they wanted Premium, half they wanted Standard. Took me 3+ hours to figure out exactly what the upgrade / qualifying path was and even the Adobe rep was incorrect once. After all that, they decided to wait for now.
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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 07:24 PM   #4
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If I might add, have the kept the AS3 model or has it changed radically again?

I'm still not caught up to Actionscript 3, it changed so much from 1 and 2.
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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 11:36 PM   #5
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I'll sit on CS3 a while longer...

"Right after announcing the release of 64-bit support in the Lightroom 2 beta, Photoshop Senior Project Manager John Nack dropped a little bombshell on his blog, announcing that the next version of Photoshop (CS4) will be available in both 32- and 64-bit versions for Windows, but only a 32-bit version for OS X. The reason: Photoshop on OS X is written with the Carbon API. Last June Apple decided to kill 64-bit Carbon, forcing all future 64-bit application development on the Mac to Cocoa. Adobe had originally planned to ship a 64-bit CS4 as a Carbon app and port to Cocoa for CS5, but now the 64-bit version will have to wait for the CS5 Cocoa build.

The (relative) good news is that this will primarily affect users working on "very large files on a suitably equipped machine." The average speed bump "due to running in 64-bit mode is around 8-12%" when not "using a large data set." The bad news is that it is precisely those professional users who buy Mac Pros maxed out on RAM that will likely get penalized. It'll be a sad day when the Photoshop jockeys have to run in Boot Camp to get the most out of their Mac Pros."
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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 11:51 PM   #6
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i upgraded to CS4 Design Standard on my home machine. no problems.

intel imac, 2 ghz. i have no complaints about stability or performance.

there is an interactive matrix on the adobe website that i found quite useful in deciding how to upgrade. it basically just asks you what products you own and then it tells you how much it will cost to upgrade.
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Old Oct 25th, 2008, 12:18 AM   #7
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I'm still waiting for my Master Collection to be delivered.

The complicated pricing schemes confused me so much I just bought everything! In all honesty, I have an "in" at Adobe, so I'm getting it all for a good price. Just need to get it now.

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