Adobe unveils plans for two editions of Photoshop CS3

Adobe today announced at PMA 2007 in Las Vegas that it will expand its digital imaging product line, offering two editions of Adobe Photoshop CS3.

The company said that the new package, called Photoshop CS3 Extended "Allows cross-media creative professionals to stretch the limits of digital imaging".

Photoshop CS3 Extended includes everything in Photoshop CS3 plus a new set of capabilities for integration of 3D and motion graphics, image measurement and analysis. Photoshop CS3 Extended also simplifies the workflow for professionals in architecture, engineering, medical and science.

With Photoshop CS3 Extended, film, video and multimedia professionals, and graphic and web designers can leverage the power of the Photoshop image-editing toolset and paint engine when editing 3D and motion-based content. Film and video specialists can perform 3D model visualisation and texture editing, paint and clone over multiple video frames. Animators can now render and incorporate rich 3D content into their 2D compositions. Graphic and web designers can create an animation from a series of images – such as time series data – and export it to a wide variety of formats, including QuickTime, MPEG4 and Adobe Flash Video.

Photoshop CS3 Extended also enables users to extract quantitative and qualitative data from images. In addition to measurement and analysis tools, architects, medical professionals and scientists will enjoy increased support for specialised image formats so they can easily view, annotate, and edit images in their native format.

Announced in December 2006, a beta version of Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Macintosh and Windows is currently available for download for Photoshop CS2 users on the Adobe Labs Web site.

Both Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended software will be formally introduced on March 27, 2007 and released in the Spring.