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Adobe CS3, any good?
Mutsakman1 
9/5/08 9:05:15 PM
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As the title asks, is Adobe Master Suite CS3 any good? If anyone here thinks it is bad, please, tell me why. I want to make a good investment.

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superfireydave 
10/5/08 9:25:02 PM
Titan

I love Illustrator, Flash is good too.

That's about all I use out of it though.

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tingod 
11/5/08 12:58:38 AM
Serf
If you have the money and you don't have CS2, CS3 is well worth the purchase. Great interaction between individual components. A few kinks to be worked out, initial update helps somewhat. Indesign can have some issues opening older Indesign files, on my system it will crash and then wont be able to restart unless you ctl alt del and stop the Indesign.exe process even though it looks as if its not running at all. Live trace in Illustrator is cool, menu systems are an improvement over previous versions.

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moofactory 
11/5/08 2:37:55 AM
Titan

what apps will u use, why do you need it.
will you get your money back by using them all?

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Mutsakman1 
11/5/08 11:04:21 AM
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Ahhh, see, now you see my school has offered to "lend" it to me, but I just wanted to know if it was worth the space on my computer. I would use Flash most the time. Perhaps Photoshop.

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moofactory 
11/5/08 9:09:49 PM
Titan

well, when you said "investment" I thought you ment buy it.
if your just getting it for nothing I say BUY A FUCKING BIGGER DRIVE.

yes.. its worth the space on your computer.. its WORTH MORE than your computer.


Edited by moofactory: 11/5/2008 09:10:02 PM

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Atlantian 
14/5/08 7:36:52 PM
Primarch

WTF?
You're not even buying it!! so why not just try it out and decide for yourself??
If drive space is the problem maybe you should check to see if your pc even meets the minimum specs, but as mentioned above will you even be using half the programs?

Taking a stab in the dark here but im guessing you're a young student looking to potentially dabble in the digital field, you heard the name adobe creative suite thrown around and figured you'd see what it was about.. am i anywhere close??

well to put it bluntly Adobes programs are pretty much the industry standard across the board, so you are barking up the right tree, just install it, get in there and get your hands dirty, good luck mate ^__^

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Athiril 
22/5/08 10:27:21 PM
Titan

As far as Photoshop is concerned, there are two improvements

Camera RAW 4.

And Image Stacking.

Camera RAW being free from adobe, the bastards put a version check into it so you couldn't use version 4+ with CS2.

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wilsontc 
24/5/08 5:24:02 PM
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Quote by Athiril
As far as Photoshop is concerned, there are two improvements

Camera RAW 4.

And Image Stacking.



Dude...smart objects!!! Those things freakin' rock!

Plus Version Cue 3 is really, really awesome. It's just so well integrated, at least on Mac. Not sure about Windows. Anyone who is not using it is really missing out.

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nicktangents 
24/5/08 6:37:02 PM
Primarch

Quote by wilsontc Dude...smart objects!!! Those things freakin' rock!


Smart objects have been around since at least CS2, haven't they?

I just dig the CS3 interface... Illustrator's inconsistency still pisses me off, though (handles that aren't grabbable like in loads of other stuff, etc.) and Dreamweaver's a tad less stable than in earlier versions (various rantings across the web about that particular issue, if you care to Google) but that's about all.

Note... Master Collection has Premiere/AFX and the like, which you can probably skip on given this is posted under "graphic design" and you're (apparently) pirating the software to start with... Odds are you're not about to spend any money taking video production seriously, methinks...

As for Version Cue... I haven't really used it much yet but am trying to get our office to start using it! Code is versioned and has good workflow, so why shouldn't artwork/visual stuff?

In response to OP's question:

- it's no good at making toast.
- it's very good for creative professionals in various contexts, and if you're interested in pursuing that then yeh, you're looking at the right software. You can get academic licenses pretty cheap but seeing as your hard drive is the limiting factor methinks you're not going to be spending any money on software too soon!
- you don't need Photoshop for basic stupid internet graphics. GIMP is free and legal and probably adequate for basic stuff (like, uh, lolcatz and creating garishly coloured things to put on your MySpace and pollute the interwebs*) if you don't need proper workflow or whatever. And if you do then buy the bloody software.









*ok, a tad uncharitable. GIMP can be used to design good looking stuff, and Inkscape is actually a quite good alternative to Illustrator (which has, imo, one of the most incredible learning curves of graphics software I've ever encountered... if it weren't for the Ps integration and defacto standardness of it, I would've be tempted to invest time into Inkscape instead). I suggest F/OSS stuff more as an ethical alternative than as a completely inferior creative product... but, then again, it probably is still =)

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