Adobe posts update to Photoshop CS4

Adobe posted an update to Photoshop CS4 today that covers these bugs and more:

  • A number of issues that could cause slow performance have been addressed.
  • Pen barrel rotation with Wacom tablets now works correctly.
  • Photoshop now correctly recognizes 3D textures edited by a plug-in.
  • The quality of the results of Auto-Blend Layers (Stack Images) has been improved.
  • A problem that could result in a crash when pasting formatted text has been fixed.
  • A crash that could result from a corrupt font no longer occurs.
  • Link (Or just use the updater from within Photoshop).

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    Adobe Configurator for Photoshop CS4

    John Nack, the Photoshop product manager with a background in web design, has always (as long as he’s been in office) pushed for more extensibility and custom configuration of the Photoshop interface.

    As a result, in Photoshop CS4 we now have flash-based panels that can be built from scratch by third party developers.

    But it gets better. Very soon now, you can ‘roll your own’ Panel in a snap with Adobe Configurator.

    Adobe Configurator

    Adobe Configurator

    The application lets you pick and choose (literally drag and drop) among Photoshop tools, menu items, scripts and actions, and it even lets you include stuff like instructional videos, before it ‘bakes’ a new Panel that you can import into Photoshop CS4, and share with the world. Presto! All of your most used tools in one customized Panel. Pretty damn cool.

    Adobe announces Creative Suite 4

    Adobe has announced Creative Suite 4 on September 23!

    New features in Photoshop CS4 of interest to photographers include:

    Completely revamped interface
    The Photoshop interface has had a major overhaul this time. Palettes has been replaced by tabs and panels, which you can group as you like. The GUI is accelerated by modern GPUs in a number of ways, and non-destructive adjustments now has its own panel. Flash-based panels are possible, among the included examples are the Kuler application for color harmonies. Image zooms at odd intervals, such as 66,6% and 33,3% are now sharper and less ‘pixelized’.

    Photoshop CS4 interface

    Photoshop CS4 interface

    Content Aware Scaling
    You can now scale an image, and intelligent code will ‘invent’ new data for enlargement or remove data intelligently for reductions, without altering important elements of your photo.

    Camera RAW 5.0
    Camera RAW 5.0 has many improvements. Of most importance are the new and improved color profiles for all cameras. It is now possible to choose color profiles that closely match that of your camera vendors, such as Canons ‘picture styles’. Adobes own color profiles has been updated to give more accurate and pleasing color. Local corrections are now possible via brushes or gradient masks, and most of the image editing options of Lightroom has now made its way into ACR.

    Non destructive masking
    PSCS4 has a new Mask panel for non-destructive masking. You can control feathering and density, and use the Refine Edge technology of CS3, all non-destructively.

    Improved stitching and blending
    Photomerge has been further developed, and now also feature lens distortion correction. A new feature is focus blending for extended depth of field from several source images.

    64bit support
    On the Windows platform, you can take advantage of the larger RAM address space in 64bit.

    Bridge CS4
    Bridge is now faster and more useful than ever. Task-based workspaces increases efficiency, and new web galleries and PDF contact sheets are welcome additions. Auto-stacking analyzes and sorts your images in sequences for HDR or panoramas.

    … And much more. Visit Adobes website for more juicy details.