Do We Really NEED The Latest Version Of PhotoShop?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Jeremy, Sep 28, 2005.

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    Jeremy Guest

    I have 5.5, and I use it to tweak my digital images before printing. Don't
    do much more than that. I suspect that a lot of people have similarly
    modest requirements.

    Are most people upgrading every year, or are there a lot of old versions of
    PS still going strong?
    Jeremy, Sep 28, 2005
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    JohnR66 Guest

    Heck, I'm still using Paintshop Pro 5. I do wish for better histagram
    control though.
    JohnR66, Sep 29, 2005
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    Pete D Guest

    I have 5.5 at work and use CS at home, I only use a fraction of the
    functionality but those that I do use are much better and easier to use in
    CS, I also use DCE Tools. My daughter has PhotoShop Elements 2.0 on her
    laptop and that is pretty good and probably enough for most people.
    Pete D, Sep 29, 2005
  4. I'm still on 7.0.

    With anything digital, version-to-version upgrades are pretty minor, but if
    you skip a version or two (or more!), upgrading gets a lot more interesting.
    It sounds to me that the 'smart sharpening' and noise reduction functions in
    the latest version are worth the upgrade price.

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Sep 29, 2005
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    Jeremy Guest

    I came to PS from PSP, and I am just now getting into it.

    Amazon has new and used books on the older PS versions that are dirt-cheap.
    I just ordered 6 of them and the total for all 6 was less than the "new"
    price on even a single one.

    One of the books was that huge "Photoshop 5 Bible," and it cost $8.00 brand
    new! Anyone looking for software books ought to take a look at Amazon's
    used booksellers section. I don't know when Amazon linked up with used and
    closeout book dealers, but the prices they're charging on some of this stuff
    is really low, and there really is no pressing need to buy a pristine copy
    of a book that will probably fall out of use when you upgrade in a year or
    Jeremy, Sep 29, 2005
  6. I'm still using PS 6. I was in the habit of upgrading every *second*
    major version, but I got behind.

    Dave Martindale, Sep 29, 2005
  7. Per Jeremy:
    I'm still on 6.0.... and am another that doesn't use (or understand) it very
    deeply. I probably use less than 10% of it's functionality.
    (PeteCresswell), Sep 29, 2005
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    Tony Guest

    I'm working from version 6 but mostly because there is little reason to
    upgrade until I upgrade the computer. Once I've got the speed for doing more
    with 16 bit images I'll go for the latest version.
    Tony, Sep 29, 2005
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    Mark² Guest

    I'm sticking with CS for the foreseeable future...
    CS2 has a few tweaks, but none that compel me to upgrade.
    For RAW, there are other fine conversion programs.
    Though I have Capture One, I'm using a **free** RAW conversion program right
    now called Raw Shooter Essentials.
    Mark², Sep 29, 2005
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    Peter Guest

    Where I work we are still at 7 - the decision has been made not to upgrade
    because of the activation. For the same reason we run win2k pro instead of
    win XP...

    Peter, Sep 29, 2005
  11. i would change the question to: do we really *need* photoshop?
    paint shop pro is far cheaper and release 9 works really well.
    yes, i did need the version 9 i just bought because of some bugs in
    the older releases.

    Gianni Rondinini, Sep 29, 2005
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    Mark² Guest

    I just don't get the need for the "we" part of statements like this.

    Why is it that everyone feels compelled to make statements regarding what
    everyone needs other than their OWN SELF.

    You guys really should consider taking care of your own business...and
    letting others decide what is best for them. Pronouncements on behalf of
    others are neither helpful nor necessary.
    Mark², Sep 29, 2005
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    Mark² Guest

    Opinions are great. Spew away!
    I just find it fascinating how people tend to declare things.
    Mark², Sep 29, 2005
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    Bob Williams Guest

    I think it all depends on how experienced you are in digital imaging,
    how many hours/week you actually use PS and how much time you are
    willing to invest in mastering the new features offered by each new version.
    I use V5.0, V7.0 and CS.
    I learned on V5.0 about 5 years ago, so I am pretty comfortable with it.
    I got V7.0 mainly to get the healing brush and the Extract feature.
    Healing Brush sounded like a BIG advance over the clone tool, which I
    use a lot. But I did not find it as useful as I had hoped. I still use
    the clone tool more often than the healing brush. Also, the Extract
    feature did not work as easily or as well as I had hoped either.
    I upgraded to CS because several friends who are more expert than I,
    thought it was a Killer Ap. That's where the rub comes in. For THEM, it
    probably was a great advance, but they work at PS several hours/day
    every day. I was just getting used to V7.0 and I did not want to invest
    the time in learning how to master the new esoteric features in CS that
    I would probably rarely use.
    Bottom Line:
    I continue to use what I am most comfortable with, i.e., V5.0
    Occasionally I'll switch over to V7.0 and very rarely find the need for
    using CS. Others may have very different experiences depending on their
    needs and expertise.
    Bob Williams
    Bob Williams, Sep 29, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Those with more modest needs would do well to consider the much cheaper
    PhotoShop Elements line.
    Ron Hunter, Sep 29, 2005
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    deryck lant Guest

    The message <ErI_e.1056$>
    I'm just building a dual core Athlon 64 3800 with 4gb Ram. Photoshop CS2 can
    use 2gb RAM. Windows and other background programs then have plenty of memory.
    Windows alone devours a couple hundred k of memory. With large files open
    things will move very quickly. Fast memory is very cheap. 4gb cost less than
    the CPU.

    deryck lant, Sep 29, 2005
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    Peter Guest

    O please, give it up,

    Peter, Sep 29, 2005
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    deryck lant Guest

    The message <290920050645259510%>
    deryck lant, Sep 29, 2005
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    Henry Guest

    Heck! I still use a stone tablet, chisel and mallet.If it was good enough
    for Moses to do the Ten Commandments why would I need more?
    Henry, Sep 29, 2005
  20. I ran 5.5 myself, until CS finally enticed me to upgrade (I couldn't
    resist the 16-bit adjustment layers and the RAW processing). It turns
    out that I also find the healing brush very valuable.
    I think I've mostly run old versions if you add it all up.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Sep 29, 2005
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