Adobe CS6 Preliminary Experience
In the last few days, having installing Adobe CS6 on my workstation and used it to post-process a few pictures, I’ve already begun to like this new version. Of course, to be sure, I’m probably scratching only a few percents of what this new version is capable of, and since my focus primarily on photography, I’m just describing my real experiences using it for photography only. The purpose of this blog is to get you started and share some tips that I’ve learned just in case you’ll want to install this pre release just to have a taste of it.
Note: this blog is only applicable to Windows 7 platform.
Some tips on installing it:
- Install it into a different directory than your bread/butter CS5 version so you can always switch back and forth to compare and if you want to de-install this CS6, you can do so without damaging your CS5 installation. In my case, I call it Adobe_6 as opposed to the normal Adobe directory.
- If you have many plug-in’s such as Nik, Topaz, etc…, you don’t have to reinstall these plug-in’s most of the cases. All you have to do is to copy what have been installed in the other Adobe CS5 directory/files in the /plugin sub-directory for these plugins into the similar CS6′s. Exit CS6 and restart, and they’re ready to be used. Some plug-ins are not compatible with CS6 so you’ll have to wait for updates.
- After installation, you’ll just create a short-cut of the “photoshop.exe” from the Adobe_6 installation directory and place it on your desktop, and you’re now having 2 different versions of Photoshop on your machine.
My first impression about this newly updated CS6 is, and remember that I only used this for a couple of days, favorable. Most note-worthies are:
- Because CS6 has the ability to save your work in the background while you’re working on your photo’s, when you need to save it for any reason, like exiting Photoshop, etc…, the saving speed is almost instantaneous. This also makes sure that if it crashes, you’d not lose a lot of time already spent. Occasionally, in CS5, I did lose some of my work, after spending hours with it, and it was frustrating to redo what I did. For this feature alone, I think it is worth it to upgrade, but as I know, this is NOT the only feature, just one of the features that I’ve noticed to be invaluable. Sure, you can save your work manually, but how many times that I forgot to do so in CS5 and in the end, I lost all my work when it crashed.
- The new, darker interface really does help me to focus on the picture that I’m working on, and makes the end results look nicer by comparison to CS5 interface. I did exit CS6, opened up CS5 with the same picture, and after that, I don’t want to use CS5 anymore. For this, Adobe has done a good job of changing its interface and the colors. You can change the interface colors to 4 different level of darkness if you want to, but I chose the darkest option, which I think is best.
- After 5 minutes of using it, I already got used to the new look and everything that I used in CS5 seems to be unchanged in CS5, things like short-cut keys, etc…, so there is virtually no learning curve with your existing CS5 knowledge.
- CS6 seems to perform faster than CS5, in terms of most everything that I’ve tried, including bringing large pictures ( sizes > 1G) and of course in terms of saving them as mentioned above. Everything seems to work as expected. As I said, I’ve not used the new features so that will come later.
So far that is my impression, I think it is not much, but at least this would get you started with CS6. The more I use this version, the more I’ll learn about the new features/enhancements to old ones, I will update this blog.
If there is one knit-pick, I would say that, maybe this is a pre release, and therefore this issue could be a bug. Every time that I click on the tool box icons, the CS6 seems to refresh or flicker some other parts of the screen, and this issue is kind of annoying and makes it look like it slows it down somewhat, but I think this is just a perception (I meant the slowness, not the flickering issue).
Hope this helps.
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