The reports are flying in on Photoshop CS3 Beta. While you may be tempted to install CS3 now, here’s some sound advice from DAM expert Peter Krogh on keeping your machine running smoothly and your precious files safe:
- Don’t put the beta version of software on your primary hard drive
I’m excited about CS3, but I’m going to let the early adopters test it out for me. I can wait until the official release when the major bugs get fixed. If you only have one hard drive, I wouldn’t install the beta — your settings could get easily screwed up when you install the official release down the road.
If you want to be smart about testing beta software, use a separate hard drive. On the Mac you can use SuperDuper! to make a bootable clone of your primary drive. Then install CS3 beta on the clone. If things get screwed up, then just copy your primary drive, which doesn’t have CS3 beta on it, back onto the secondary drive. Making a bootable clone is a great way to create a safe playground for testing new software, assessing OS upgrade stability, or trying a new workflow.
Or you could just sit back patiently and wait a few months until the kinks get ironed out.