I made the decision a while ago that I’d be skipping the upgrade to Adobe’s CS2 suite. It just didn’t look like it had enough new to entice me. Or at least, enough to justify the price tag.
But the little things that don’t make it into the initial marketing push are adding up. Case in point, Smart Objects:
…now you can place a photo in Photoshop and make it a “Smart Object”, just select the layer of the photo and go to the “Layer menu” and choose “group into New Smart Object”.
When you do this it is linked to the embedded high-resolution original. So now when you resize it’s still crystal clear even if you scale it a dozen times.
On one hand, it’s great to have that ability in Photoshop, and I’d be using it all the time. On the other hand, it’s about time. Illustrator and InDesign have done it for ages, with the “Place” command. It’s more an obvious catch-up feature than anything new, which is indicative of my overall problem with this recent upgrade: it feels more like a functionality service pack than a must-have set of new features.
I think I’ll continue holding off for CS3, which ought to be around a year from now given a roughly 18 month release cycle. By then, with the new features it offers, we might be approaching something resembling a must-have upgrade.