Yay, another Version of Photoshop to play with… Not only Photoshop but all his brothers: Illustrator CS4, InDesign CS4, Dreamweaver CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Premiere Pro CS4, After Effects CS4, Soundbooth CS4 and Device Central CS4.
Prices as we all know and are used to are over the top. Price for the Adobe Creative Suite 4 is around € 3,598.80. Photoshop alone costs US$699. Ouch!
Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended, the highly anticipated, new editions of the professional industry standard software for digital imaging.
Providing a fluid user experience, complete creative control and higher efficiency, Photoshop CS4 leverages the power of the latest hardware to extend imaging possibilities and offer faster, more flexible ways to accomplish core tasks like image adjustments and masks. All of these features and more can be found in Photoshop CS4 Extended, which serves users with advanced motion graphics functions, dramatically expanded 3D visualization capabilities and precise image analysis.
Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended will be available as stand-alone applications or key components of the Adobe Creative Suite 4 family.
Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended for Mac OS X on Intel based and PowerPC based systems and for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista platform are scheduled to ship October 2008 with availability through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store. Estimated street price for Adobe Photoshop CS4 is US$699 and US$999 for Photoshop CS4 Extended. Upgrade pricing is available
Source: Photoshop Blog
Photoshop CS4 New Features
Enhanced masking feature
Layer Mask Density option allows you to fade away the effect of a layer mask gradually revealing the parts that are hidden.
Real-time filters with no color depth restrictions
New Adobe technology called Hydra allows filters to use graphics card power in image processing instead of the CPU. That means all operations will be much faster. Hydra filters support all color depths as well.
Liquid resize feature
This new technology called Seam Carving allows you to shrink or enlarge a photo disproportionally without stretching it.
Enhanced Quick Selection tool
The Refine Edge dialog now has a new feature to deals much better with complex surfaces such as fur ensuring a more defined line between subject and background.
Improved Dodge and Burn tools
Improved algorithm in these tools lets results look less destructive and more natural.
Photoshop interface brightness will be adjustable like in Adobe Bridge with buttons and dialog boxes look will be improved.
Extended and enhanced color profile management
Multichannel, Device-Link and Abstract color profiles to be added.
Other Photoshop CS4 new features and improvements:
Integration of xRez technology for creating amazing panoramas.
integration of KnowHow and Kuler into Photoshop.
Rotatable canvas like in Corel Painter.
Better HDR support.
Faster load time.
List of Features: Link
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