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Talk of Photoshop CS4 in the Air

Read what Adobe representatives are saying about the future of Photoshop.

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Boston, MA, April 4, 2007 – Adobe launched Photoshop CS3 just last week, but company representatives are already hinting at new features planned for the next version of the software. Though details of the program were limited, Adobe representatives did demonstrate what a 3.1 GB image could look like at this morning’s opening keynote address at Photoshop World XVII.

Last week, Adobe Systems Inc. launched 13 new products and six bundles, all part of the Creative Suite 3 product line. Photoshop CS3 incorporates feedback received by beta test users. The beta version has generated half a million downloads since December 2006.

Photoshop CS3 and CS3 Extended are part of what has been called the company’s largest product launch in their 25-year history. The recent versions demonstrate "optimization and performance tuning" of the programs, said John Loiacono, Adobe's senior vice president of creative business solutions. New features include faster start-up time, mobile device compatibility with Device Central, 3D abilities, video support, and image analysis and measurement. "Adobe is pushing Photoshop to new areas like science, medicine, architecture, and manufacturers," said Loiacono.

With these recent software advances, what can consumers expect in the next version of Photoshop?

Adobe vice president of product development Dave Story spoke about the future of Photoshop while showing off a 3.1 GB photo of Boston taken from the city’s Prudential Center, a 52-story skyscraper. Provided by xRex, a studio that offers large-scale panoramic images, the 3.1 GB photo was composed of hundreds of individual 16 MP images that were stitched together. This multi-billion pixel image then allows users to zoom into the scene in a three-dimensional way to retrieve details. "You can read a license plate from the top of the Pru," said Story.

Adobe has made no official statement about the relationship between Photoshop and xRex or when consumers can expect to find the next version of Photoshop on the shelves.

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