In addition to the major features added to the 14.2 update, the update also contains a number of smaller enhancements to improve your workflow, compatibility updates to support new hardware, OS features, and notable bug fixes.
Table of Contents:
- JDI Features/Enhancements
- Mac Pro Compatibility
- Mac OS X 10.9.x AppNap Optimizations
- Notable Bug Fixes
- Mercury Graphics Engine performance boost (Smart Sharpen on GPU – 5x – 20x faster when OCL is available)
- Enhanced Scripted Patterns and Fills (Trees, previews, and other improvements)
- Added a “do not show again” checkbox to the missing fonts dialog
- Enabled Share on Behance for more languages
- Improved history states for editing text, editing and applying Character and Paragraph styles
- Generator can export padding in image assets by using layer masks
- Layer names can now be up to 255 characters
- Generator now properly rescales Illustrator Smart Objects when exported at 200%
- New option for Narrow Options Bar, for small displays
- On a background layer, one click on the lock icon unlocks the layer
- Set custom background color in New Document dialog
- Better negative number support in curves adjustments
- See recent colors in the Swatches panel
- Change “Clear” to “Clear All” for the Color Sampler tool
- Increase number of color samplers from 4 to 10
- Change all color samplers in Info palette at the same time
- Improved font transformations
- Improved selection of shapes with white arrow tool (clicking in the middle reveals white knots)
Documentation for new features: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new.html
Mac Pro Compatibility
The Photoshop CC 14.2 update provides GPU compatibility support for the new Apple Mac Pro. The 14.2 update will allow Photoshop to take full advantage of one of the two available GPUs at a time.
We expect to add support for both of the new Apple Mac Pro’s GPUs, and continue to optimize our customers experience by supporting additional GPU operations in a future release.
Each of the two GPUs in the base model of Mac Pro are faster than the GPUs available in any other Mac model, and provide plenty of speed and VRAM (memory on the GPU card) for most operations. If you spend a great deal of time editing very large images using one of the GPU-accelerated Photoshop features such as Blur Gallery, Liquify, or 3D, we expect this gain to be significant. (The 6GB VRAM in the highest end GPU option would only be needed for the largest 3D models).
For additional guidance on hardware, OS and Photoshop configuration see this document on Tuning Photoshop for Peak Performance.
Mac OS X 10.9.x AppNap Optimizations
AppNap is a new feature in OS X 10.9.x that tries to save power used to run applications that are not the current application and are completely invisible to the user. As such, AppNap can reduce performance or delay automated processes running in Photoshop if it’s hidden or all its windows are covered by other applications. The Photoshop CC 14.2 update prevents AppNap from putting Photoshop down for a nap if you’re running commands, batch actions or scripts in the background while you check mail or surf the web.
Notable Bug Fixes
- Generator stability improvements
Fix for a crash while using Color Picker or Layer Styles
Fixed renaming of a path to playback action properly
Fixed Ctrl/Cmd-J merging multiple shape layers into a single new layer
Fixed skewing horizontally for live shapes
Fixed Layer in hidden (invisible) group is selected when auto-select layers is set
Fixed changing tracking values for font selection returns different results from selected value