I quit my Photoshop 12 step program and have been using Photoshop CS4 since last Wed (10/15). This version Adobe has a download distribution so PS addicts don't have to wait for the mail system to get our updates.
The big question is CS4 worth $199 to update? Well as I see it, there aren't many real estate photographer must have features in this version. Here's my condensed assessment of the most obvious new features (there are actually many more than I list here):
- User interface has significant improvements- Tabbed window interface
- Navigation and OpenGL - Speedy, smooth zooming. This is pretty cool actually but you may be able to live without it.
- Greatly improved dodge and burn tools- Dodge and burn tools now work with "tone protection" which prevents dodge and burn from changing the tone of an image. If you use dodge and burn extensively this could be important to you.
- Camera RAW 5.0 - Allows color modifications to selective portions of an image.
- Panoramic vignette removal - Photomerge now will remove lens vignetting automatically making photomerge stitching even better if you can believe that.
- Depth of field blending - As a macro photography enthusiast this is fantastic but it's not something you will use on real estate photography.
- Content aware scaling - This is, as Deke McClellend says, "Jaw dropping"! This allows you to smush or stretch photos and only low detail areas of the photo are distorted. I've used this on a portrait but since the detail on real estate photos typically has a pretty uniform level of detail this probably is not a big real estate feature.
Recommendation: Unless you are completely hooked, like me, and can't live without the latest PS upgrade this is not a real estate photographer must have version.