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Simple question. How many of us need more than what CS6 offers, especially if we use LR or DNG converter to keep up to date? I'm personally still on CS5, don't like the new raw processing engine and don't need any of the newer stuff in CS6. A decision I made after trialling it for a couple of weeks. If they do go to the cloud with their super expensive new prices for those of us that just need PS, honestly, I just don't need any more Adobe thank you. I don't think I'll be alone in saying that either...Show more →
LR is not a real image editor it more an image developer. I don't need LR for I have Photoshop.
DNG is an Adobe RAW file format they proposed for starting developing a Standard RAW format. However Adobe is the only company that seem to have any interest in DNG. Some companies did give it a look. The DNG format is not supported by many applications.
CS4, CS5 and CS6 have options that can make Photoshop default operation to be incompatible with actions, scripts and plug-ins developed for Photoshop when these options are changed from Adobe's default settings. You may find some thing that have always worked for you fail when you change Photoshop CS4, CS5 and CS6 options. If you use third party add-on for Photoshop your better off using CS3.
Adobe ACR support is the pits for with each release of Photoshop Adobe changes the APIs ACR uses so it will not compatible with older version of Photoshop. The only way to get new camera support is to convert camera RAW file into Adobe's DNG raw format. Adobe can get away with this only because their customers have so much invested in their Photoshop work-flow and there is no viable alternative they can switch to.
What Adobe need to get back on track is some viable competition. I can not understand why there is no competition for at $700 to $1000 a pop for Photoshop you would think some would see importunity there. Hopefully as Adobe introduces new bugs with each new software drop some will see Adobe as open target easy pray.