Photoshop CS3 Beta

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.

2 thoughts on “Photoshop CS3 Beta

  1. If you’re a Windows user CS3 can be installed in a virtual machine without much trouble – for testing purposes it was fine with 1G of RAM allocated. Microsoft sells Virtual PC for the Mac too I think.

    For what it’s worth, I’ve been playing with CS3 (in a VM of course) this weekend and I love it, especially Camera Raw 4, the black and white conversions (also included in ACR now), and the refine edge tool for improving selections. I don’t think there is anything there that I couldn’t accomplish now but it seems to make several important things easier and more intuitive.

    Another plus is that I don’t feel like I’m going to need Lightroom now – and while I really like Lightroom I like the way Bridge, ACR, and Photoshop work together.

    Brian

  2. Hi Brian -

    I’m looking forward to some of the new tools, especialy in the RAW converter. Thanks for the Windows info. I like to keep things simple, and the Bridge, ACR, Photoshop trio work well for me, too.

    Cheers,

    Joe

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