Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 37

Thread: CS3 v. CS5 - Any reason to upgrade?

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Posts
    2,387

    CS3 v. CS5 - Any reason to upgrade?

    Now that CS5 has been out for a while, I am curious about whether folks using it find significant advantages over CS3. I do black and white and do not do extensive retouching beyond spotting. I use curves and selective sharpening and masking for darkroom style control. My color is digital and I use Lightroom for that, so I do not need the upgraded ARC and other color features. I do not do video. Given that Ctein had recently panned CS5 on The Online Photographer, I am wondering if there is any reason to spend the $200/300 on an upgrade.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Posts
    1,383

    Re: CS3 v. CS5 - Any reason to upgrade?

    One nice feature in CS5 that helps with spotting is the "content aware" option on the healing brush. If you have a spot in an area with with high contrast, such as spanning a straight line, content aware will general get it correct on the first try, eliminating all the futzing around that is otherwise required to keep details such a this looking natural.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    4,517

    Re: CS3 v. CS5 - Any reason to upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Richards View Post
    Now that CS5 has been out for a while, I am curious about whether folks using it find significant advantages over CS3. I do black and white and do not do extensive retouching beyond spotting. I use curves and selective sharpening and masking for darkroom style control. My color is digital and I use Lightroom for that, so I do not need the upgraded ARC and other color features. I do not do video. Given that Ctein had recently panned CS5 on The Online Photographer, I am wondering if there is any reason to spend the $200/300 on an upgrade.
    The only reason I could see that you might want to upgrade would be for the content aware filter, which is a great improvement over the clone and spot healing tools.

    On the other hand, Adobe left out the "No Color Management" option in CS5 in what must be one of the greatest brain dead decisions they ever made. There are workarounds and Adobe is apparently working on a patch but meanwhile I much prefer to print with CS3.

    Sandy
    http://www.sandykingphotography.com/
    For discussion and information about carbon transfer please visit the carbon group at Yahoo.
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/CarbronTransfer/

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    1,959

    Re: CS3 v. CS5 - Any reason to upgrade?

    Now that CS5 has been out for a while, I am curious about whether folks using it find significant advantages over CS3. I do black and white and do not do extensive retouching beyond spotting. I use curves and selective sharpening and masking for darkroom style control. My color is digital and I use Lightroom for that, so I do not need the upgraded ARC and other color features.
    Based on your needs you shouldn't need to upgrade.

    Given that Ctein had recently panned CS5 on The Online Photographer, I am wondering if there is any reason to spend the $200/300 on an upgrade.
    Over the years I have learned not give Ctein much credence about most of his opinions. I guarantee you Ctein will upgrade to CS5 (or get a free upgrade from Adobe).

    Don Bryant

  5. #5
    Digital Fine Art Printing
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Brooklyn, NY
    Posts
    48

    Re: CS3 v. CS5 - Any reason to upgrade?

    I have follow up questions to Ed's. I have one copy of CS3 Suite and three CS4 suites, so upgrading for me is a much more expensive ordeal. The obvious thought is to only update CS3 to CS5, because the changed many quick keys from CS3 to CS4 it's confusing to jump back and forth. But that is the oldest machine that has CS3.

    Will going from CS3 to CS5 make it easier to jump from one machine with CS4 to a machine with CS5?

    Has anyone tried CS5 on an older 2x3ghz Dual Core Intel machine with 13GB RAM and an video card upgrade?
    How is the performance?

  6. #6
    Digital Fine Art Printing
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Brooklyn, NY
    Posts
    48

    Re: CS3 v. CS5 - Any reason to upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by sanking View Post

    On the other hand, Adobe left out the "No Color Management" option

    Sandy
    Ugh. That makes it a super pain to make custom profiles.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Posts
    9,344

    Re: CS3 v. CS5 - Any reason to upgrade?

    You have to upgrade every three cycles to retain upgrade pricing, so I think you can wait until CS6 is offered and still get the $200 (or whatever they rip us for) upgrade pricing. If you wait until CS7 then you have to buy the whole works all over again.

    It might not be an issue yet but hardware and OS requirements will change and, if you want to work with RAW files from current digital cameras, you'll be forced to upgrade to use modern equipment.

  8. #8
    Kirk Gittings's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Albuquerque, Nuevo Mexico
    Posts
    8,115

    Re: CS3 v. CS5 - Any reason to upgrade?

    Ed, at your mention I read Ctein's rant on CS5. And frankly after using CS5 heavily for a few months-with my workflow-I find none of the issues he mentioned. There was some hicups with slow filters at first but the next update seemed to fixed this. The photo merge function works just fine-I use it daily and every tool I work with works fine on 16 bit files on 64 bit CS5 on a mediocre 8GB 64 Bit Windows 7 machine. I can't quite figure out why he is having so many problems. As SK said the Content Aware Filter is a revelation for fixing some issues-for me this filter alone makes the upgrade worth the cost. You don't use ACR but I do and the new noise reduction is superb.
    Thanks,
    Kirk

    "Vocation to Solitude -- To deliver oneself up, to hand oneself over, entrust oneself completely to the silence of a wide landscape of woods and hills, or sea, or desert; to sit still while the sun comes up over the land and fills its silences with light." Thomas Merton

    KIRK GITTINGS
    WEBSITE

    LIGHT+SPACE+STRUCTURE (blog)

  9. #9
    Saratoga, CA
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    222

    Re: CS3 v. CS5 - Any reason to upgrade?

    For me, the content aware feature is worth the price of upgrade. B&H (and I'm sure others) has CS5 upgrade software for $50 off until Dec 4th.

    Gale

  10. #10

    Re: CS3 v. CS5 - Any reason to upgrade?

    Kirk, FWIW, Ctein's post was specifically about CS5 for Mac. There are any number of reasons why that might behave differently from CS5 for Windows.

    Anyway, I upgraded recently from CS3, mostly to be able to use the latest ACR. After using CS5 for a few months, I'd say that other than in raw conversions, CS3 would still be fine for my pattern of light-duty use. In particular, nothing has changed in the way I work with film scans. I've tinkered with content-aware fill and it seems as though it ought to be useful, but so far there hasn't been any situation in which it's really made a difference for me.

    FWIW, I'm using it on a 32-bit Windows Vista machine with 4GB of RAM. I stuck to 32-bit because I have too many legacy applications and drivers to take the risk of a failed upgrade blowing up the computer that I rely on for work as well as play. But if I routinely worked with large files I can see that performance would be pretty sluggish with my current setup, and I think a bit worse with CS5 than with CS3. I'd probably invest in a dedicated 64-bit Windows workstation equipped with CS5.

Similar Threads

  1. CS5 needed for Windows 7? upgrade problems?
    By Dakotah Jackson in forum Digital Processing
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 2-Aug-2010, 07:44
  2. Heads-up on cheap CS3 upgrade deal
    By poco in forum Digital Processing
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 9-Jul-2008, 12:50
  3. Photoshop CS3 upgrade from Elements
    By Henry Ambrose in forum Digital Hardware
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 19-Feb-2008, 14:46
  4. Photoshop CS3 - is it time to upgrade?
    By Henry Ambrose in forum Digital Hardware
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 4-Jul-2007, 09:27

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •