Alltogether now, a one-two-three-four:
money money money - for adobe
must be funny - in a dumbhead world
tralla la la lallala la...
Stop it Adobe, bugfix CS 2 and CS 3 first.
Many of your customers (customers = the people were your money comes from)
have paid a lot of money for working app-collections twice, for CS 2 and later CS 3,
both siutes are still very buggy, so bugfix them - ultimately - don't you feel any shame
for your buggy products, BigBoss of Adobe?
You've never tried to work with InDesign CS3 on a Mac with OS 10.5, right?
All your work with Bugrobat is done by your secretary, right?
And NO, I don't want to get new versions by filesharing, I pay for apps that I have in daily use, BUT fix the bugs, I've paid for a working CS 3 suite!
You have my money! You like it?
Well, then take out the bugs.
Think of: my money - your pocket, and consider the future of this relationship.
My tip for Photoshoppers:
I suggest everyone who wants to do image-optimizing with effectively professionell tools, to take a deeper look into Nikon Capture NX2, - you get far better and really high professionell tools, far better results, far better organized workflows... FOR 200 DOLLARS.
In Nikon Capture NX2 there is not the endless series of opening and closing different dialog windows just for the one tasks of color editing, or editing cuves/ greybalance, all needed tools just open organized in one palette.
So you don't have to open one dialog, then close it to open the next, then, if needed, go back to the first dialog again, and so one. That is interface design of 1990. The Adobe style in 2008...
And now, that's how it looks like in Nikon Capture NX2:
all your tools are by the hand, not the antique style of functions scattered in "open & must be closed before continue" one-task-windows, no menues longer than the way from here to rome. ("Oh, look, how many single entries this menu has, this must be a very professionell app". - Well Adobe, then sell to the many stupid graphic designers, - to your convenience they never die off.)
In Nikon Capture NX2 at first try out the many possible ways for your color correction tasks, this app is full of professionell tools - and if you've ever used these tools, the former grandmaster Photoshop immediatly appears like Playmobil...
Nikon Capture NX2 looks ugly in its version 2.0, but use it for a few hours and you understand what I'm talking about here.
(Yes, you have to spent some hours, it is designed in a different way, not following adobes old logic that you know well after many years.)
My REVIEW is:
A suite of apps for thousands of dollars, with many many bugs that never get fixed by a irresponsible developer, can't get more than 2 stars!
I've tried out Photoshop CS 4 beta yesterday, nothing usefull in there for me, I think I will wait for the pizza-topping designer in CS 14.
Or better for an well thought out workflow-orientated interface redesign, as suggested here, in Photoshop version 25 maybe.
Meanwhile squeeze the last drop out of this 2D-image-editing app with costly but mostly useless updates, I don't care ...and don't pay anymore.
Continue to withhold the few improvements that are possible in an 2D Image app after nearly 20 years of generell deployment in that market, withhold to feed your update circle, - continue with minor improvements for always the next absolutely groundbreaking version - big marketing and big update prices, but I don't care anymore.
Best would be: you give Photoshop back to the Knoll brothers, they were ingenious, something you can't replace by a marketing-machine.
By the way, regarding the Photoshop CS 4 new features: have you heard about the brand-brand-brandnew app Bodypaint 3D somewhere? Yes? Well, then, - what about an MP3-Editor in Photoshop CS 14, worth maybe another 400 dollar upgrade?
Fix the bugs in CS 3 first, I will never buy CS 4 (as a payed bugfix for CS 3, or CS 5 later for CS 4 bugfixes, and so on) until Adobe fixes them.
And give Photoshop the long-needed interface UPDATE.