Okay, so I realize that most of you reading this don’t care too much about the Adobe CS5 products, but I figured for those of you software enthusiasts (if you truly exist like me), I’ll go ahead and post.
I’ve tested the suite as thoroughly as I can in the few days I’ve owned it. The only consensus is pure improvement. Everything’s faster, better, smoother, etc.
Photoshop CS5 is faster (by quite a bit) in the realm of editing and saving. I work with pretty large files and it’s not bogged down once. My pictures are Canon RAW files that are 22-29MB depending on the picture. It handles them VERY well. I’ve tested the new HDR functionality and LOVE it. This functionality will soon be part of my new production arsenal for new projects (obviously being used where needed, but I think a mix of HDR technology with video will be amazing).
Premiere Pro CS5 is… yeah… unbelievably fast. The only project I’ve been able to make think twice on is the Joshua Danger piece with a reference of 80GB of Canon 5d Mark II footage mixed in with tranistions, multi-cam functionality, and effects. I had to render once for this… but that’s it. It’s smokin fast and will probably convince a large part of the DSLR community to switch from Final Cut. There’s nothing like not having to render a normal project until the end.
After Effects CS5 has a new Roto-brush tool that’s going to come in super handy for a project I’m working on with Preston Helton that requires rotoscoping. I’m excited to use it on this. Stay tuned for it.
I also just completed the new Loki Promo in After Effects and it proved to be fast, reliable, and smooth.
The Adobe CS5 is well worth the upgrade in my opinion.