Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta now available

Adobe has announced the availability of the Photoshop CS6 beta through the blog. The beta requires activation with an Adobe ID.

This video gets into Julieanne Kost’s 6 favorite features of the Photoshop CS6 beta.

Content-Aware Patch — Patch images with greater control using the newest member of the Content-Aware family of technologies. Choose the sample area you want to use to create your patch, and then watch Content-Aware Patch magically blend pixels for a stunning result.

Blazingly fast performance and a modern UI — Experience unprecedented performance with the Mercury Graphics Engine, which gives you near-instant results when you edit with key tools such as Liquify, Puppet Warp, and Crop.* Plus, a refined, fresh, and elegant Photoshop interface features dark background options that make your images pop.

New and re-engineered design tools — Create superior designs fast. Get consistent formatting with type styles, create and apply custom strokes and dashed lines to shapes, quickly search layers, and much more.

You will also discover hundreds of new ways to work faster and with greater creative freedom and precision when you dive into Photoshop CS6 beta.

In a separate post, Adobe also talked about the operating system support for Photoshop CS6. Many were afraid that Adobe was going to drop support for Windows XP with Photoshop CS6 as they did with Lightroom 4. Adode will continue to support Adobe Photoshop CS6 on Windows XP and Windows 7. They are dropping support for Windows Vista and non-64bit capable Macs though, the same step Apple took with Lion.

I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be providing official support for Windows XP, in addition to Windows 7, with Photoshop CS6.

We will, however, be dropping official support for Windows Vista (Please note: although Windows Vista is not officially supported, we do not restrict users from installing and using Photoshop CS6 on their Vista Systems)

On the Mac side, we made the decision to end support for Macintosh systems that are not 64-bit capable. See related Apple documentation: How to tell if your Intel-based Mac has a 32-bit or 64-bit processor? Apple is no longer supporting 32-bit hardware with their latest operating system, Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), so it makes sense for us to follow suit.

And for the future…

We’re actively working with Apple to create a great Photoshop experience with future releases of OS X, including the recently announced Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion).

We’re also working with Microsoft to also create a great Photoshop experience with Windows 8 for when it becomes available.

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Posted by Jason Hamilton | March 22, 2012  |  No Comment

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