Pros Gets jobs done, love the new tools, shapes, and 3d editing, that flow thingi, and the interface is kinda bulky, but i think im gonna stick with cs3 till theres a major update
Cons eats up my memory like hell and so far my trial is ending and i see no reason to buy it
Summary Try first before buying it, its a pricey software and i think its not ready yet, well, its ready, but, unless you arent charmed with those fancy new stuffs, stick with cs3, lastly go windows 7well, to architect student and schools, its a great tool, and its really awesome, but try before buying, thats what they called it "Buyers Beware"
Updated on Nov 24, 2008
Pros Good product while it stays on your computer
Cons IF your computer crashes, or you decide to switch PC/MAC'S they will not have support for you to redownload your product.
Summary Sample of my support response:
Thank you for choosing Adobe. A representative will be with you shortly. Your estimated wait time is 0 minute(s) and 13 second(s) or longer as there are 1 customer(s) in line ahead of you.
You are now chatting with Mukesh.
Mukesh: Hello! Welcome to Adobe Customer Service.
Mukesh: Please allow me a moment to review your request.
Mukesh: Hi Greg.
Mukesh: Could you please brief about the issue?
Greg: Mukesh, I was told by support that you no longer support a prior vesion of photoshop, Which I understand, but Honestly, having spent over $400 on this key and have my computer crash I would just simply like to reinstall it
Greg: version CS3
Mukesh: I understand that you want to install the software and activate it, is that correct?
Greg: I still have my key, which is registered to me and no one else
Greg: the problem is finding a way to download cs3
Mukesh: Thank you for waiting. One moment please.
Mukesh: Greg, I understand your situation, But I very sorry that we have no link or Disc for the CS3 anymore as it is a very old version.
Mukesh: May I know how you installed the software initially?
Mukesh: Was it from a disc or a download link?
Greg: Very Old...what 08/09' is very old
Greg: from both
Greg: And honestly, it's completly unfair not to be able to redownload the product having paid for it.
Mukesh: In that case you will still have the download link in your Adobe account.
Mukesh: Please login and check under the "Order History".
Greg: Well how come I cant see it
Mukesh: How was your order delivered when you purchased the software?
Greg: emailed a linked, and shipped the disc
Mukesh: Did you have a different email address when you purchased the software?
Greg: It states that I have no orders
Mukesh: May I know the complete name of the software?
Greg: Photoshop CS3
Greg: KEY; ####-@@@@-****-$$$$
Mukesh: May I know the operating system that you are using?
Greg: windows XP
Mukesh: Thank you. Please stay online while I check if I can get the link. But I wont be able to assure you on that.
Mukesh: Thank you for holding,Greg.
Greg: good news?
Mukesh: I am sorry to inform you that there is no CS3,
Mukesh: I tried all my best, but I am helpless.
Greg: So I just lost $400
Greg: So where in the purchase of my software did it state, that we will only support/ allow for download for so long
Mukesh: I am sorry. however, you can upgrade to CS4 and it you upgrade now you will get a free upgrade to CS5.
Greg: Honestly, and I understand that this isnt your fault, but I dont care for the upgrade
Greg: Especially, considering this situation
Greg: Why would I ever purchase an adobe product knowing that support is limited.
Mukesh: Greg, I apologize for the inconvenience caused but there is no other option.
Thanks for nothing Adobe, $400 down the drain!
Pros they send you stuff when you've canceled their transaction
Cons then they tell you to pay for it. LOL
Pros Ease of use.
Cons A little pricey, but worth it.
Summary As the owner of a site that teaches people to make money (thepennyhoarder.blogspot.com), this program has helped me design so many aspects including the logo. I am a big fan!
Pros Faster, more features, more intuitive
Cons More money! Haha
Summary Anyone who uses photoshop as a source of income like i do definately needs to upgrade to the latest version... a slew of new features and optimizations make it well worth the money. The ability to import raw picture files is awsome.