Most of you heard the news last Friday that Photoshop CS5, along with most all of the Creative Suite products, is now available for purchase. So for many of you the question now is, “Is it really worth my hard earned cash to upgrade?” This is never an easy question to answer because, once you clear past the frenzy of the upgrade excitement, you need to find out if there is enough in the upgrade to warrant your investment. Personally I have always had an every other year policy on upgrades. CS4 was the first time I actually went up a single version from the previous. There was enough in the CS4 upgrade that I felt confident that it would be a worthwhile investment.
Now with CS5, I am once again looking at the cost of an upgrade and considering how this will work in my favor. Of course, I have had a real advantage over most of you because I have been testing the beta version for some time. This has given me an insight into the new features and tweaks that help making that decision a little easier. Now that Adobe has released CS5, you have that advantage as well. My advice to you would be to download the trial and give it a spin. There are a lot of new enhancements to this version and the chances are that after trying it, you are gonna want to buy it, but maybe you won’t. If you are completely satisfied with your current version and don’t think you will really put any of the new stuff into your workflow then skip it. Don’t worry, No one will really start mocking you until you are more than 2 versions behind 🙂
To find your trial version, head to the Downloads page at Adobe.com