Photoshop CS3 and Snow Leopard. Yea or nea?

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One of the dark spots hanging over the excitement over Snow Leopard is whether or not Photoshop CS3 will work.

Adobe caused some real consternation when they announced earlier this week that CS3 would get no support (along with the rest of the older Creative Suite) and suggested people upgrade to CS4.

In an Adobe FAQ [PDF download link] it’s stated: “Older versions of Adobe creative software were not included in our testing efforts. While older Adobe and Macromedia applications may install and run on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (v10.6), they were designed, tested,and released to the public several years before this new operating system became available. You may therefore experience a variety of installation, stability, and reliability issues for which there is no resolution.”

Then there was some backtracking from John Nack, Adobe Photoshop product manager. “It turns out that the Photoshop team has tested Photoshop CS3 on Snow Leopard, and to the best of our knowledge, PS CS3 works fine on Snow Leopard.”

Hmmm. So will it work? People have invested a fortune in Adobe products. Some users who have used CS3 says it runs OK with late beta releases of Snow Leopard, but others have said there are a lot of problems. I’ve heard both stories from people using it, and remember, Adobe isn’t saying CS4 is perfect either.

If I were making my living with Photoshop or other parts of the Creative Suite and was running CS3, I think I’d wait until there are a lot of user reports. Yes, CS3 has been out for a long time, and yes, Adobe would love to have us update to CS4, but in my case there are some critical plug-ins I use that haven’t yet been updated to work with CS4, and I’m probably not alone.

Here’s a link to John Nack’s blog where some customers are commenting none too happily about Adobe right now.

I expect this issue is going to get a lot of attention when people start upgrading to Snow Leopard. Stand by.

TUAWPhotoshop CS3 and Snow Leopard. Yea or nea? originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Thu, 27 Aug 2009 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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VisioVoice ready for Snow Leopard, Safari 4

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AssistiveWare has updated VisioVoice—an application that enhances access to Mac OS X for people with vision impairments through a system-wide talking interface and typing echo, text and image zoom windows, large cursors as well as a document and selection reader—to version 1.2. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X…

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MyService announces Snow Leopard promo

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MyService has announced a free Mac OS X 10.6 (“Snow Leopard”) promotion. Through Aug. 31, MyService will include a free retail copy of Snow Leopard with any MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air hard drive upgrade.

Tip From Mossberg: Snow Leopard Upgrade Good for All

snow_leopardWhile many of us had suspected it to be the case, Walt Mossberg of All Things Digital in his review of Snow Leopard has confirmed it: The 10.6 upgrade will work with 10.4 Tiger. Which means that if you’re not keen on iLife or iWork ‘09, you can skip the full version included in the box set and save yourself a cool $140.

Of course, while Tiger users are probably pleased as punch, it’s unclear how Apple’s going to feel about this. On the one hand, Mossberg has let the cat out of the bag, so to speak, and advised users of a course of action that could deprive the company of a lot of potential revenue. Not to mention that those who do use this upgrade method will be in clear violation of Apple’s licensing agreement.

On the other hand, Walt’s exact words are:

[H]ere’s a tip: Apple concedes that the $29 Snow Leopard upgrade will work properly on these Tiger-equipped Macs, so you can save the extra $140.

That “Apple concedes” bit makes it sound like Cupertino had a hand in this particular revelation, which could mean the company expects to make more off of Tiger users buying the upgrade at a discounted price than it would from straight-up sales of the box set. Which makes sense, since why would you pay $169 for an update when your machine is humming along fine without it? A $30 price point, by contrast, will convince an awful lot of fence-sitters.

It remains unclear whether the $29 Snow Leopard upgrade disc (or $49 family pack) will work for standalone (ie. clean slate) installations, though it seems likely that it will, at least according to Lifehacker’s review of the software. Snow Leopard goes on sale tomorrow, Aug. 28th; the NYT and USA Today have interesting reviews as well.

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Rumor: iPod Classic will get a camera

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Apple has traditionally updated the iPod line in September, just in time for the back-to-school shopping season, and this year will be no exception. With an event supposedly scheduled for September 9th, it’s expected that Apple will introduce new models.

There’s a rumor at DigiTimes that the iPod Classic — the only hard drive-based iPod — will receive a camera, along with the iPod touch and nano. That’s unexpected, but less surprising that the Classic’s continued existence. I predicted that device’s death a while ago, and figured the Sept. 9th even would be that fateful day. The “Classic” model was introduced on September 5th, 2007, with 80GB (US$249) and 160GB (US$349) configurations. I can only assume that building a 160GB iPod touch would be cost-prohibitive.

According to DigiTiimes, OmniVision will supply the 3.2-megapixel camera image sensors.

[Via AppleInsider]

TUAWRumor: iPod Classic will get a camera originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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TextSoap for Mac OS X scubs up for Snow Leopard

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GeoEdu educational game for the Mac gets updated with more questions

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Getting ready for Snow Leopard: Think about your applications

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Ahhhh, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of knowing that tomorrow I will be spending much of the day upgrading the Macs in my house to Snow Leopard. I received an email from Apple this morning telling me that Snow Leopard had shipped, so now I just need to be available to sign for the package tomorrow.

Regardless of how many Mac OS upgrades I’ve done over the years, there are always one or two drivers, application enhancers, or full applications that just don’t run properly on the newly installed OS. With Snow Leopard, these situations should be rare as many developers have already done compatibility checking and worked out the bugs. Before you slip that Snow Leopard DVD into your Mac tomorrow and start doing the upgrade, there are a few things you may want to consider.

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TUAWGetting ready for Snow Leopard: Think about your applications originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia “evolves” away from Internet Tablets with new N900

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It’s turning out to be a busy week for Nokia. Days in advance of NokiaWorld in Stuttgart, and a couple of days after lifting the curtain on its first netbook, Nokia has announced the Nokia N900, the successor to its almost four-year-old lineup of Internet Tablets.

The N900 follows in the footsteps of the N810 with its slide out keyboard, but adds for the first time built-in 3G (Nokia calls it 3.5G) functionality, making the N900 the first Nokia tablet with the ability to go online without a WiFi connection or cellphone pairing. It’s also the first Nokia device to run Maemo 5, Nokia’s homegrown Linux distro.

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Report: iPhone App Market is Already Worth $2.4B?

The iPhone App market could be worth $2.4 billion a year, reporter Om Malik of GigaOm estimates based on new numbers from the mobile advertising firm AdMob.
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