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 
http://www.adobe.com
  
$600 USD; Upgrade: $150 USD 
Downloadable Tryouts: 
http://www.adobe.com/products/tryadobe/main.jsp
  
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 
product activation. 
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 




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