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Conclusion


Conclusion


As was mentioned at the beginning of this review, Photoshop CS3's biggest selling point is that it is now a Universal Binary application. Not only does it run on the new Intel Macs, it runs fast, meaning that for anyone who does a fair amount of graphics work, this year's model is probably a sound investment based on that fact alone. Luckily, Adobe has seen fit to make a number of other improvements to the UI and tools in Photoshop CS3, which makes the application's price tag a little easier to swallow. The application's palettes are now organized in a far more streamlined and intuitive manner, updates to core tools add a number of helpful features, improved photography support makes digital image processing easier and built-in mobile support helps ease the pain of web development for multiple platforms. To top it off, there's all the niche features that come with CS3 Extended: the scientific tools, the video processing features and a whole host of 3D modeling and texture-mapping functions that we didn't even touch on.


Sure, a number of these improvements are long overdue--keep in mind though, it's much easier and faster to churn out a simple plug-in than it is release a new version of an integrated design suite with a huge code base. Ultimately, Photoshop CS3 proves to be a worthy update to a product that has established itself as the staple of the digital design and photography community. Not that any of this really matters anyway: I probably had you at "Universal Binary".


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