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Photoshop CS4 due this fall … maybe.

Photoshop CS4 is lurking in the shadows with rumors of the launch being sometime this fall (aka Autumn for the POMS and Spring for us Aussies) or early in 2009.

Photoshop CS4, which would be version 11 using the original version numbering system Adobe used, is codenamed Stonehenge, though it is most likely to be renamed as CS4 when the time comes for the software to be released.

Apparently a beta version software has been “leaked” and can be downloaded from various sources off the web. However, there seems to be a great deal of debate on if this is an actual leaked beta version or simply CS3 that someone has redressed to look as if it is CS4. If you do choose to have a look at this “beta version” do be aware that not only is this a beta version but if you grab a keygen to generate you a fake serial you do take the risk of downloading a trojan or a virus. Personally I’d rather wait for an official beta release from Adobe, if there will be one (and they often do) or the full release and have a look with a 30 day free trial (which Adobe seem to offer for all their products.

It seems that there is not much difference between the leaked version of the software and Photoshop CS3 but this may be a result of the build date of the release being back in last November, so it is probable that the actual product has come a fair way since then. Some likely improvements, as these have been demonstrated already by Adobe, include an improved “dodge and burn” tool and a “True Edge” function which further build on the “refine edge” functionality. Rod Harlan has a short video up on his blog of the presentation Adobe gave.

The biggest news thus far on the eventual full release is that Adobe will be producing a 64-bit version, but only for the Windows version. Mac users will have to wait a little longer for a 64-bit version due to a change Apple announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in 2007.

Does this mean that Elements 7 is on the horizon? Or maybe even Photoshop Elements CS4 if adobe bring the name into line with many other products in their range? No real news on that at all, that I can find at least, and even the rumor mill is quiet on that one. As they say … “watch this space” and I’ll let you know if I hear anything good.


Some more reviews you might find useful:

Photoshop CS4 Updates – The next version of Photoshop (CS 4) will be juicing up performance by taking advantage of hardware it hasn’t tapped before: graphic cardss and physics processors. How much faster is the new 64-bit, GPU-injected Photoshop? …

No 64-bit Photoshop CS4 for Mac Users – The next incarnation of Photoshop won’t be 64-bit for Mac users. This means some aspects of Photoshop – especially when working on larger images, will be faster on a windows machine. I for one, am disappointed. So why is this happening? …

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Interface and Screenshots – Mac Rumors – 222042-macstone_400.jpg. Adobe seems to be hard at work at Adobe Creative Suite 4*. In May, they released public betas of CS4 versions of Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Soundbooth. Existing CS3 owners are able to continue to use these …

Photoshop CS4 Beta, Jai Lynn Sketch 2 – Hey people out there in internets land. I’m taking Photoshop CS4 Beta for a spin and found out a new feature, one that I have been longing for in Photoshop ever since I started using Painter. A rotate tool!!!!!!! I’m in love! …

Photoshop CS4 beta – I had the opportunity to install and try the beta version of Photoshop© CS4 and felt like I’d share my point of view;. We all depreciate the frequent Photoshop updates that actually denote a total lack of creativity from the Adobe© team …


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