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Old Mar 20th, 2011, 10:53 PM   #1
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Where to buy PhotoShop CS3/CS4 Upgrade?

Does anyone know of any retailers that sell "new old stock" of software? Specifically I am looking to upgrade my licensed copy of Adobe PhotoShop CS2 to CS3 or CS4. CS5 is no longer supported for my platform (G5). I'm only looking to purchase the upgrade package (typically $199 new), but I can't find it in the usual places (eBay, Small Dog, etc.).

Does anyone know of any reputable dealers?

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Old Mar 21st, 2011, 01:14 AM   #2
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You can try to find upgrade on ebay (or the full version and sell your cs2 after).
It is actually possible to transfer a license.

However a lot of people tend to keep upgrading.
I bought the 7 suite, then 10, then CS2, and now CS5.
So I can't really sell any of it. So finding a legit upgrade can be hard.
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Old Mar 21st, 2011, 01:17 AM   #3
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BTW: Why are you looking for a newer version than cs2?
To me the jump wasn't huge from cs2 -> 5.
There are some nice features, but no real must haves.
Big thing was 64bit for my intel chip set. Which wasn't as big of deal as I thought.
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Old Mar 21st, 2011, 06:24 AM   #4
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BTW: Why are you looking for a newer version than cs2?
To me the jump wasn't huge from cs2 -> 5.
There are some nice features, but no real must haves.
Big thing was 64bit for my intel chip set. Which wasn't as big of deal as I thought.
Yes, i agree. I am still using CS 3 and things are ok for me. Don't see any point upgrading to version 5.
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Old Mar 21st, 2011, 11:44 AM   #5
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BTW: Why are you looking for a newer version than cs2?
To me the jump wasn't huge from cs2 -> 5.
There are some nice features, but no real must haves.
Big thing was 64bit for my intel chip set. Which wasn't as big of deal as I thought.
64bit version means being able to assign beyond 3GB of RAM to Photoshop. I think that is quite a significant factor and reason enough alone to upgrade to a 64bit version if you work on big files and have plenty of RAM.
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Old Mar 21st, 2011, 12:00 PM   #6
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64bit version means being able to assign beyond 3GB of RAM to Photoshop. I think that is quite a significant factor and reason enough alone to upgrade to a 64bit version if you work on big files and have plenty of RAM.
That's a big thing for me -- normally my Photoshop files (scanned 6x6 negatives) are at least 500MB TIFFs to start -- they quickly grow to be over 1GB in size when you factor in the non-destructive edits via layers, etc.

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BTW: Why are you looking for a newer version than cs2?
Based on some of the speed tests by MacGurus, if I can find an upgrade I'd take it. The tests between CS2 and CS3 already show some good gains with identical hardware, only from upgrading to a newer version of the application. But the memory bump is the biggest reason.

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You can try to find upgrade on ebay (or the full version and sell your cs2 after).
It is actually possible to transfer a license.

However a lot of people tend to keep upgrading.
I bought the 7 suite, then 10, then CS2, and now CS5.
So I can't really sell any of it. So finding a legit upgrade can be hard.
Yeah I've been scouring eBay, but nothing yet. I did find a Spanish upgrade on Amazon, but I don't speak Spanish. The odd time I have found an upgrade so far, it's been Windows.
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Old Mar 21st, 2011, 01:16 PM   #7
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You'd be hard-pressed to find a sealed copy of CS3/CS4 on a store shelf. It seems the moment a new version of Adobe's software comes out, stores disavows previous versions and wipes it from existence. LOL

I lucked out and nabbed a copy of CS3 Master Collection for $800 on Kijiji a couple of years ago when I lived in Ottawa.

Whatever you do, if you find a copy for sale: Make sure they have the original registration and are willing to sign the transfer of license documentation. People get burned purchasing used Adobe software only to find out the only thing they get is the install disc and the serial number. Adobe will not honor the transfer and you will not be able to update the software.
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That's a big thing for me -- normally my Photoshop files (scanned 6x6 negatives) are at least 500MB TIFFs to start -- they quickly grow to be over 1GB in size when you factor in the non-destructive edits via layers, etc.
Okay, that totally makes sense. Typically I'm working on photoshop files > 250mb, and usually > 80mb.

So for you an upgrade make total sense. Perhaps it would be worth updating to a new computer? A new MacPro or an i7 iMac would both be a lot faster than your g5.
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Okay, that totally makes sense. Typically I'm working on photoshop files > 250mb, and usually > 80mb.

So for you an upgrade make total sense. Perhaps it would be worth updating to a new computer? A new MacPro or an i7 iMac would both be a lot faster than your g5.
An iMac is out of the question due to my expansion requirements (multiple FW400/FW800 ports for my external HDs and my negative scanner, eSATA RAID array, etc), and a new Mac Pro is out of my price range. In the short run I priced out upgrading my machine for the new work I am doing with medium format, and excluding the upgrade of PhotoShop I can get my machine up to a very usable state for less than $150 (which would give 8GB of additional RAM and give me an additional 800 GB of RAID-0 eSATA storage; I have a pair of 400GB SATA drives lying around, and converting an old external SCSI case to eSATA is pretty cheap).

But the search continues. I did a lot more research and found that the memory advantages of CS3 are already present in CS2 (that being, if I have > 4 GB of RAM CS2 will address anything above 3.7GB as an in-memory scratch disk). It would seem that true access to > 4GB of RAM for actual image editing isn't available until CS5 (Intel). I may end up staying with CS2, as since finding out that the memory features I wanted are already available, and I don't need the 3D affects of CS3/CS3-Extended, there isn't much point in upgrading.
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