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    This past Thursday, Adobe released Photoshop CS6 beta with re-engineered design tools, content-aware patching, a sleek and modern interface, and a considerable update to its speed due to the Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine which allows previously sluggish tasks (Transform, Liquify, Puppet Warp and others) to take effect in real-time.

    Winston Hendrickson, VP of Products at Adobe, had this to say: “Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance. We couldn’t wait to share this beta of Photoshop CS6 with our customers and are looking forward to hearing from them and seeing the ways they are incorporating the beta into their daily creative workflows.”

    Our Thoughts…

    The reaction to another CS version usually falls on one of two extremes. Either folks are frustrated that their version, which they just dropped a few grand on, is now officially out of date, or there are those that relish diving into new features, changes, and updated interface design. We are definitely part of the latter group and we’re pumped to try out the new updates even though the past several revisions haven’t been anything to write home about.   In the last couple iterations, Adobe seemed to be piling on features, MS Office style, to try and appeal to everyone and it seemed they didn’t focus on making the basics better. With this latest version it’s very clear, after a few hours with the beta, that the main goal was to do exactly that: focus on the basics and build based on how the majority of designers use the program on a daily basis.

    Here at the office, we’re excited to dive in further and we’re planning on having a follow up post titled: ‘Was the Hype Right?’ (hmmm, that sounds pretty corny…working title). If you’re like us and can’t wait to try it out, Mac users can pick it up if they have a GB of RAM free and a multicore Intel processor. PC folks need at least a 2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. The Photoshop CS6 beta is available as a free download from Adobe’s website and the release version is expected to launch by the middle of 2012.