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Windows 7: Photoshop CS6 is ready for download, in beta


22 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 
Photoshop CS6 is ready for download, in beta

Photoshop CS6 Beta is available to download

Note: You do not need a serial number to install and use the beta. Simply select "Try. I want to try Adobe Photoshop CS6 for a limited time." in the Welcome Screen when you start the installation process.

Photoshop CS6 Highlights
  • Content-Aware Patch — Patch images with greater control using the newest member of the Content-Aware family of technologies. Choose the sample area you want to use to create your patch, and then watch Content-Aware Patch magically blend pixels for a stunning result.
  • Blazingly fast performance and a modern UI — Experience unprecedented performance with the Mercury Graphics Engine, which gives you near-instant results when you edit with key tools such as Liquify, Puppet Warp, and Crop.* Plus, a refined, fresh, and elegant Photoshop interface features dark background options that make your images pop.
  • New and re-engineered design tools — Create superior designs fast. Get consistent formatting with type styles, create and apply custom strokes and dashed lines to shapes, quickly search layers, and much more.


Download Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta - Adobe Labs

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22 Mar 2012   #2

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

you'll need an (freely available) Adobe ID to install it, and it will expire once the full version is released - rumoured to be late spring 2012.

still worth having a look at though!
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22 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

I am looking forward to the improved content aware. Glad to see it is getting closer to upgrade time I will wait for the production though.
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24 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

Just tried it out, huge upgrade over CS5.
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24 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

I'm downloading it right now.

Not three weeks ago I'd upgraded from my CS3 license to CS5, and now CS6 is announced. I just "chatted" with Adobe, to see if they had a "special offer" for users who'd say purchased CS5 within the past 60 days and now wanted to further upgrade to CS6 when released... say for $10-$20 instead of requiring yet another normal full upgrade price. They had no knowledge at this time of any such potential offers.

So I decided to request a refund of my 3-week old upgrade to CS5, and I'm now downloading the CS6 beta which I will use until it's officially released. Then I will purchase the real upgrade from CS3 -> CS6 which I assume will be the same $199 minus some special "promotional" discount if you buy it within 30 days of its announcement or something like that. They might even mail out a promotional offer leading up to the CS6 release for an even better deal.

Anyway, my refund for CS5 is now in progress. And CS6 beta will instead be on my machine within the hour.
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24 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber View Post
I'm downloading it right now.

Not three weeks ago I'd upgraded from my CS3 license to CS5, and now CS6 is announced. I just "chatted" with Adobe, to see if they had a "special offer" for users who'd say purchased CS5 within the past 60 days and now wanted to further upgrade to CS6 when released... say for $10-$20 instead of requiring yet another normal full upgrade price. They had no knowledge at this time of any such potential offers.

So I decided to request a refund of my 3-week old upgrade to CS5, and I'm now downloading the CS6 beta which I will use until it's officially released. Then I will purchase the real upgrade from CS3 -> CS6 which I assume will be the same $199 minus some special "promotional" discount if you buy it within 30 days of its announcement or something like that. They might even mail out a promotional offer leading up to the CS6 release for an even better deal.

Anyway, my refund for CS5 is now in progress. And CS6 beta will instead be on my machine within the hour.
You need to chat with somebody else, because they offer free upgrades if you buy a product after a new one is announced. I have a friend who got a free upgrade for after effects that way.

Upgrade policy after product announcement
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24 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JoeDavola View Post
You need to chat with somebody else, because they offer free upgrades if you buy a product after a new one is announced. I have a friend who got a free upgrade for after effects that way.

Upgrade policy after product announcement
No... you've got it backwards. I bought CS5 three weeks ago, before CS6 was "announced".

However my point is that I wouldn't have bought CS5 if I knew CS6 was right around the corner and even already in a public beta state.

I was looking for essentially a "free secondary upgrade" from CS5 to CS6 if you'd purchased CS5 within 30-60 days of the CS6 announcement.

Anyway, they apparently don't have such a policy. So I simply requested a full refund for my 3-week old CS5 purchase. I'll simply use the money to buy a CS6 upgrade when the product is official in a few months.

Looks like the pricing for upgrades goes back 3 versions (e.g. upgrade price for CS5 requires that you have CS2, CS3 or CS4), so I'm guessing the upgrade price for CS6 when I do buy it in a few months will be the same $199 as it was for CS5 upgrade 3 weeks ago and will require that you have CS3 (which I do), CS4 or CS5.
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25 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

That's good you are getting a refund, my buddy did buy after effects right before the new version was announced, but he was able to get a free upgrade after a few chat sessions. He just tried a few times and kept going higher up the chain of people until they offered him a free upgrade.

Version 6 is the only full version I have, been doing upgrades since then and make sure not to skip more than 2 versions.
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25 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JoeDavola View Post
Version 6 is the only full version I have, been doing upgrades since then and make sure not to skip more than 2 versions.
I have a long history with Photoshop as well.

Got a full license for Photoshop v3.0 included with my purchase of a high-end Microtek scanner back in 1995 while running Win95. Kept purchasing upgrades through v6.0, which continued to utilize the v3.0 license key. Wasn't a very secure "activation" method, and didn't even prevent installation and use on multiple machines.

I continued to use v6.0 for a long time, until 2007 when I decided to buy CS3 (version 10.0). Very good price from an Amazon seller (upgrade version license key, and was also provided with the needed CS2 full license key).

And now I'll go with CS6 (version 13.0, new license key), which beta is now installed and will be purchased as an upgrade from CS3. That will give me CS3 on one machine and CS6 on a second machine, which is what I want.

Incidentally, the Adobe guy said his refund procedure had checked and determined that my CS5 license key was still "active". He couldn't initiate the refund until I first "deactivated" the software on that machine, which I then did. Now he could put through the refund. Obviously Adobe has perfected the now server-based licensing/activation method to ensure product use to 1-machine as it clearly always was intended.


Incidentally, that old original Microtek scanner from 1995 finally got replaced also in 2007 along with Photoshop. I don't even think they exist any longer (certainly my high-end model was discontinued), and WinXP drivers were developed and supported by some independent German guy. Or, maybe Microtek got into the low-end business.

I went with a terrific Epson Perfection 4990 Pro scanner instead, which has given me wonderful results and which is fully supported for Windows 7 by Epson at the driver level. Again, great price from an Amazon seller. It came bundled with v5.0 "scanner application software" named Silverfast Ai, from a German software company named LaserSoft. This seems to be a premiere company and product, supporting many many scanners from many many vendors.

I've kept current with Silverfast, upgrading from v5.0 to v6.0, and most recently to v8.0 (going now with their "Studio" edition for its additional features which specifically includes automatic ICC color profile calibration for the scanner, from a color target).
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25 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

You can install PS on 2 machines, and don't forget to deactivate when building a new rig. I did that a few weeks ago when I built a new computer. I was selling my old system, so I still had the same mobo, cpu etc and deactivated PS when I put it together to sell.
I think the reason you get 2 machines is a desktop and laptop, which is what I do that way I can have PS on dive vactions when shooting underwater stuff.

Silverfast I have not keep up to date, not sure which version I had ( maybe v 5) but it was the best scanner software for sure.
My Nikon LS 2000 scanner died a few years ago, the grease gets hard and nothing will move. Tried fixing it but decided to get a new LS 5000. I'm just using Nikon scan for now, it takes a tweaked ini file to get it working with Win 7 64, but that is easy to do ( thank you google ).

I still have lots of slides to scan

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Here is my stuff, mostly underwater and landscapes, a mix of digital and scanned slides
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