CS3 native photoshop files are or are not backward compatible with CS2?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by james honer, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. james honer

    james honer Guest


    want to upgrade but I am being told I can't because CS3 is not
    "backward compatible"

    Need to know if this is true or just BS, working with tight wads here
    james honer, Jun 5, 2007
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    Alex Guest

    All I can say is that - as I am in the process of going from CS2 to CS3, and I
    have still both on my system - there is no problem in converting e.g. RAW in
    CS3 to JPG and then opening this image in CS3.
    But I admit that this is a poor test...
    Greetings, Alex
    Alex, Jun 5, 2007
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    Alex Guest

    Addendum: also a PDF from CS3 loads into CS2.
    Greetings, Alex
    Alex, Jun 5, 2007
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    edjh Guest

    They are. It would be a major screwup if Adobe didn't make the programs
    backwards compatible.
    edjh, Jun 5, 2007
  5. james honer

    edjh Guest

    You have to be aware that new features that don't appear in earlier
    versions won't carry over. This has always been the case with every version.
    edjh, Jun 5, 2007
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    Mike Russell Guest

    There are some new features, smart filters for example, that are not
    supported in earlier versions. If you can manage to stay away from using
    those you should be OK.
    Mike Russell, Jun 5, 2007
  7. I believe the trick is to set the Preference in Photoshop (Edit >
    Preferences > File Handling > Maximise PSD and ... compatibility) to

    I believe what this does is ensure that if there is something in the
    file that isn't supported by CS2 (such as new adjustments layers, new
    blending modes, Smart Filters, etc) there will be a rendered image
    that can be used instead. Be warned that some of these new features
    are very useful, so it is easy to end up with problems like this.
    Barry Pearson, Jun 5, 2007
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    Joel Guest

    It sounds BS to me <bg>
    Joel, Jun 5, 2007
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    dan Guest

    This is something only Microsoft would do. I have had no problems
    swiotching from CS to CS3.
    dan, Jun 7, 2007
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