Pros: Well-designed new interface; selective editing in Camera Raw; Collections in Bridge; improved dodge, burn and saturation tools; amazing content-aware scaling; interactive brush resizing.
Cons: Bridge still not well-suited for refined comparisons of images; no histogram display in Bridge; Loupe in Bridge still has technical problems; no dedicated straightening tool in Photoshop; Camera Raw selective editing doesn’t let you selectively apply white balance.
This is what a must-have upgrade looks like:
The important addition to Camera Raw's Basic pane is the clarity slider, which debuted in Lightroom. Somewhat akin to sharpening, Clarity performs a lot of micro-contrast adjustments that refine an image's details.
Camera Raw’s interface. Click the image to see a larger version.
Pros: Multiple artboards, intuitive Blob brush, better gradient transparency control, real clipping masks, easier to use Appearance panel.
Cons: None. It may not be a perfect program, but it's a perfect upgrade.
Pros: Excellent screen; extremely full-featured; can rate and delete media on the unit; decent transfer speed.
Cons: Very pricey; need extra software to import ratings; case is bulky.
SiteAssist Professional 1.0 ($199; upgrade $99) is the latest update from WebAssist. If your goal is to quickly frame out an elegantly coded (if conservatively styled) Web site, SiteAssist Professional is worthy of consideration.
Pros: Great localized toning controls; very good grain emulation; well-designed interface
Cons: Needs a histogram display; missing some keyboard shortcuts
In these days of digital image editing, “Is that real or has it been Photoshopped?” is a common question. It's also the sign of a common misconception about photographs. No photo is real, and even images never touched by an image editor are still interpretive representations.
Pros: Much improved interface; Control Point tools are unmatched in other applications; Selection Control Point allows for complex masking of additional effects; completely non-destructive.
Cons: Underpowered browser; highlight recovery is not as good as other Raw converters; only supports Nikon Raw files
Pros: Streamlined tool sets; Flash and Illustrator file support; enhanced grids and guides; robust hanging characters; new Picture Content Tool and cropping preview; full international support in every box.
Cons: Web, image-editing and Flash authoring tools somewhat limited; no layer support for Illustrator files; no printed manual.
Pros: PDF portfolio creation, Flash support, better color conversions, highly accurate document comparison feature, layers.
Cons: Out of cycle with Creative Suite upgrade, it's a big (almost 1 GB) application, and many new features will only be practical when Acrobat Readers are upgraded over time.
Score: 90 out of 100