Adobe Photoshop CS 2 reviewed by James Meister
Adobe Systems Incorporated
345 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110 2704, USA
Tel: 408 536 6000
Fax: 408 537 6000
$600 USD; Upgrade: $150 USD
Requirements: PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor; Mac OS
X v.10.2.8 through v.10.4 (10.3.4 through 10.4 recommended);
320MB of RAM (384MB recommended); 750MB of available
hard disk space; 1,024x768 monitor resolution with 16 bit video
card; CD ROM drive; Internet or phone connection required for
Strengths: Many improvements, such as font handling, tighter
integration with other Adobe products.
Weaknesses: New GUI `enhancements' make experienced
users feel a bit lost. Steep Hard Drive space requirements.
With the ninth release of their always cutting edge photo suite, Adobe brings with it much
needed tools for digital photographers, as well as graphic artists. While there are many
enhancements that you will see as welcome, there is one addition that was met with mixed
reactions from Mac users Product Activation.
This is the first release for Mac OS X that implements Adobe's brand of product activation and I
can't say I blame them. Besides being THE application to turn to for all your Graphic Design and
Photo retouching needs, Photoshop has become the app for all sorts of teenage hijinx on the web.
You know full well that most teenagers don't have $600 USD sitting around waiting for Adobe
to release the next version of Photoshop hence Adobe's need for activation protection.
Personally, I wish more software developers would do this.
The most obvious thing you notice when you first launch the app, is that there are some minor
tweaks to the layout and design of the palettes. The one that tripped me up quite a bit was using
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August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8