Well CS3 will be free to users with a valid CS2 serial number, there's a two day activation grace period, and the beta will time out after the final product ships in the spring. It's pretty clear that Adobe is a bit skittish about the whole public thing, as the company is quick to stress that the beta isn't feature complete, it may not be rock solid, and there's no tech support. Then again, the Web's infinite beta cycle has subverted the meaning of the term. Adobe might also be anxious because it's--gulp--substantially changing the interface. That's a dangerous thing to foist off on a firmly entrenched user base of graphics professionals, who tend to resist changes in their tools. But the company's probably betting that the improved integration and more consistent look and feel across Adobe and the former Macromedia applications will prove an attractive upgrade.
In addition to the interface changes, the new version promises better integration with Lightroom and updated raw handling, and the ability to export Zoomify-able images. CS3 also offers--finally--non-destructive filters and a Photoshop Elements-like Quick Selection tool, which automatically finds edges as you drag your selection cursor around the subject. Read more at Crave P.S. Check here tomorrow (friday) Read more