Today, Adobe Systems officially launched Photoshop CS2, the update to Photoshop that was revealed last week when a press release was prematurely leaked. Other Creative Suite applications, including Illustrator, InDesign, GoLive, and Acrobat, were also updated.
Among the eye-catching new features in Photoshop CS2 are:
- Adobe Bridge, a file handling utility that replaces the File Browser
- A new Camera Raw plug-in that promises workflow enhancements such as background multiple image conversion and which includes a curves dialog box
- Advanced noise reduction for high-ISO images, as well as JPEG artifact reduction
- A "smart sharpen" filter
- 32-bit High Dynamic Range support, which is apparently designed to facilitate the compositing of different exposures into a single image with expanded dynamic range
More details and commentary, much of it from beta testers of this new version of Photoshop, can be found at Photoshopuser.com, Photoshopnews.com, Photofocus, and Macworld.
Photoshop CS2 will be compatible with Mac OS 10.2.8+ and Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or Windows XP, and both Mac and Windows versions will begin shipping in May in the U.S. and Canada. International versions are expected to follow in late May or early June. The estimated street price will be US$599, and licensed users of any previous version of Photoshop can upgrade for US$149.