So, I’ve been trying to buy a MacPro laptop and the Adobe design programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) ever since I graduated. Of course, I didn’t have the money to buy it while I was in school, so I can’t get the student discount now that I am out of school and have money…You would think in this recession that the prices would go down. I also find it hilarious that I can buy a MacPro Laptop with memory upgrades for less than the programs. Software is a scam. <—just my thoughts! lol The problem, not including the poor factor, is that I have always used CS3 at school but now there’s CS4. I’m doing some research on the differences of the programs and have to say, CS4 is looking pretty good. Here’s what’s new and enhanced with the design programs.
- Multiple artboards
- In-panel appearance editing
- Transparency in gradients
- Refined graphic styles
- Blob Brush tool
- Gradients exposed
- Clipping masks demystified
- Separations Preview
- Integration and delivery
- Enhanced user experience
- Revolutionary 3D painting and compositing
- Adjustments panel
- 3D object and property editing
- Masks panel
- Fluid canvas rotation
- Extended depth of field
- Smoother panning and zooming
- Auto-alignment of layers
- Content-Aware Scaling
- Auto-blending of images
- Enhanced motion graphics editing
- More powerful printing options
- Better raw image processing
- Integration with other Adobe software
- Industry-leading color correction
- Improved Adobe Photoshop Lightroom workflow
- File display options
- Live Preflight
- Conditional text
- Page transitions in SWF and PDF files
- Customizable Links panel
- Export to Adobe Flash CS4 Professional (XFL)
- Smart Guides
- Interactive document design with SWF file export
- Spread rotation
- Smart Text Reflow
I’m trying to pull as much info together for people as I can so let me know if you have any further questions on the differences.
Is the CS4 worth it? Here are my thoughts. No. Now wait! No, if you are not a dedicated Graphic Designer. If Graphic Design is your future and you want to be the best in the industry, then you should consider buying CS4. If you are not and you just want to play around with design, CS3 will be just fine for you (even something lower). It will save you a lot of money in the long run. You can always upgrade your CS3 if you find that you really want to do this for a living.
Now, how to save money!? I can buy the software on their main site: http://store.apple.com/us or I can buy the programs off another site and save a few hundred $$. Here’s the only problem, to each their own, some sites are not to be trusted. If you find an offer too good to be true, it probably is. Do some research on the site before giving out any information.
I have read too many complaints about https://www.softwaresurplus.com/Guaranteed/Low.Prices? They don’t have a number for you to call if you have complaints. That is always a bad sign on a site.
If anyone needs more information, just let me know.