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| p.1 #20 · CS5 vs. CS6 - Worth the Upgrade? |
After using CS6 for over a month now, I'd have to say that I'm completely underwhelmed. Far too much change for the sake of change in places that only serve to confuse long term users. Minor revisions of how tools are represented are not enough. Larger brushes and larger selections feathers are welcomed, but the new high speed Liquefy comes at a significant expense of accuracy and weird pixelation when zoomed - and zooming while in Liquefy is stilted at best. Since I don't use ACR or LR, the ACR improvements are of little interest but may be to some. You really have to wonder just what the hell they were thinking when they decided to spring the new Crop Tool with it's default behavior on us. Even after reverting as much as possible legacy mode, it's still much slower doing production work than the previous versions. On the plus side, it feels like the memory leaks that plagued earlier versions, while not completely gone, have been slowed significantly.
Overall, I see some very minor improvements with too much emphasis on non-functional changes in interface, but hardly enough to qualify for a full numerical upgrade. It is better than CS4, which for Mac users, was a complete waste, as we had to wait a full version for 64 bit, but this version is close.
As I keep using it, I NEVER find myself discovering new features and saying "this is cool." No, it's more like, "why did they do THAT?" So far, the ONLY new feature that I consistently come back to is the larger brushes, which are great when working on very large scans, which I do a lot of.