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Adobe Creative Suite 3 (?Banana Split) On the Way?

Photoshop code named ?Red Pill? while Illustrator called ?Jason? By Charlie White

A look ahead at future development and releases of Adobe Creative Suite 3 was recently published by thinksecret.com, a well-known Mac rumor site. The site has a reliable track record of presenting solid information, so let's take a look at the clues it has obtained and see what might be in store for users of Photoshop and Illustrator. Keep in mind that this is not confirmed information, and should be considered in the realm of what's possible and not necessarily what's probable.

Thinksecrets sources said that Adobe is working along with Apple to finish its Creative Suite 3 software package, code-named ?Banana Split, probably by the late fourth quarter of this year, and that the one feature that concerned Mac users most will be included: native support for the newest Intel Macs. There was no word on whether Adobe would also ship a universal binary version of Creative Suite 3, one which will also support the PowerPC chips that are used in today's workstation-class Macs. Since Adobe has been including the same features in the Mac and PC versions of Creative Suite over its past two versions, it's assumed that the company will continue doing so with this next revision.

Thinksecret also posited that Adobe is considering two versions of the new Photoshop, which it code names ?Red Pill. The premium version will be geared toward the video and scientific markets, and will include specialized video input/output features that presumably expand upon those that are already present in the current version of Photoshop when interoperating with Adobe Premiere, as well as rotoscoping tools that build upon the filmstrip capabilities of Photoshop CS2.  

The report also mentioned a new feature that will be included in both the premium and standard edition of Photoshop called Live Filters, which adds non-destructive editing to Photoshop, and also will run faster because it will work in concert with GPU (graphics processing unit) acceleration, a technique that has become increasingly common with nonlinear editing applications in the past two years. The speed improvements are also said to be able to accelerate operations that have always been time-consuming, such as Camera RAW and Rotate Canvas.

There was also new information about the user interface of Photoshop, where it will have a look and workflow similar to that of Adobe's In Design application, and will also offer more scriptable routines similar to Photoshop's Actions in the current version.

According to the Thinksecret article, the new version of Adobe Illustrator, Illustrator 13, code-named "Jason" after the Friday the 13th series, will also add a video-friendly feature similar to that which is present in today's Photoshop, where it will be possible to open a file in Illustrator that is specially sized and suited for creating video elements. Illustrator will also reportedly have more extensive interoperability with Flash, the product that was formally owned my Macromedia and was recently acquired by Adobe.

The new Mac versions of Photoshop and Illustrator will both require MacOS X 10.4 Tiger, but it was also mentioned by the sources that Adobe might be using unannounced features in the next version of OS X as well. Although Adobe said itself that it tends to ship updates of its applications every 18 to 24 months, Thinksecret asserted that the release of this new version would be closer to that 18-month date than the longer 24-month period.

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