Adobe Systems (Nasdaq:ADBE) has announced the release of Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta, a preview of the next release of the companys flagship digital-imaging product.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Adobe is encouraging customers to download the beta, try out the experience and provide feedback to the product team. Photoshop CS6 beta is available for the Mac OS and Microsoft Windows platforms. The final release is expected in the first half of 2012.
Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance, Winston Hendrickson, vice president products in the Creative Media Solutions group at Adobe, said in a statement. We couldnt wait to share this beta of Photoshop CS6 with our customers and are looking forward to hearing from them and seeing the ways they are incorporating the beta into their daily creative workflows.
Key new features in Photoshop CS6 beta include new additions to the Content-Aware tools: Content-Aware Patch allows greater control by letting users select and duplicate an area of an image to fill in or patch another, and Content-Aware Move lets users select and magically move an object to a new place in the image, Adobe said.
In addition, the Photoshop CS6 beta offers all the features of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, such as new 3D editing features and quantitative imaging analysis capabilities. These features will be included in the shipping version of Photoshop CS6 Extended when it becomes available.
The Photoshop CS6 beta is available immediately as a free download in English and Japanese. At installation, users will be required to provide an Adobe ID to complete a one-time log-in and online product activation. For information on how to install Photoshop CS6 beta, visit www.adobe.com/go/photoshopcs6. Customers can submit feedback via the Photoshop CS6 beta forum. Users can also connect with the Photoshop team via the community-powered site.
Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Extended are at the heart of the Photoshop family, joined by solutions for users who want to bring out the best in their digital images, Adobe said. Coupled with Adobe Photoshop, the recently released Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 addresses the workflow needs of amateur and professional photographers, helping them to better create, manage and showcase images. Adobe Photoshop Elements provides consumers with tools that organize, edit, create and share photo memories. For mobile devices, the Adobe Photoshop Touch app transforms images with core Photoshop features custom-built for tablets, and Photoshop Express is a free app for simple photo fixes and enhancements, and sharing to social networks.