May 15, 2006

Photoshop CS2 update (9.0.1) now available

[Update June 2, 2007: If you’re here because you’re trying to rip us off by somehow stealing Photoshop (via serial number, keygen, crack, etc.), keep moving; you’ll get no satisfaction here. Adios. –J.]
I’m pleased to report that we’ve just posted the Photoshop 9.0.1 updater for Photoshop CS2 (Mac/Win). In addition to addressing a crummy PDF offset bug, this release means that:

  • After editing an image in Photoshop CS2 via Acrobat Touchup, the image no longer gets re-positioned.
  • Photoshop no longer hangs for several seconds when using painting tools with quick strokes.
  • A program error that could appear when mousing over high res doc with Brush Tool has been fixed.
  • Documents containing a large number of text layers now open more quickly.
  • An error that could cause a crash on Mac when launching, or when opening or saving a file, has been addressed.
  • Problems related to palettes on Windows (slow redraw, palettes go white, possible crash) have been addressed.
  • TIFF files from certain scanners can now be opened correctly.
  • XMP metadata from AI & PDF files is now retained in Photoshop.
  • Slow performance when toggling layer visibility has been fixed.
  • Info palette numbers now display and update when moving a curve point in Curves via the cursor keys.
  • Problems opening certain TIFF and PSB files greater than 2GB in size have been resolved.
  • The Merge to HDR command now functions properly when using high-ASCII characters in user login.

Dot releases (updates) like this are much like detention in high school–a kind of penalty box that keeps you away from what you really want to be doing (building the Next Great Transformative Thing and all). They’re also a drag since cracking open the shipping app brings a risk of breaking something else, so quite a few testing cycles go into making sure everything is solid. In any case, we hope you weren’t experiencing any static with CS2 thus far, and if you were, this update should set things right.
[Update: As probably wasn’t clear enough in the last paragraph, I was going for humor, not whining. Fixing bugs that have been hurting customers is clearly the right thing to do, and we’re glad to have taken the time to do this update. (And again, sorry we didn’t catch these problems before shipping.) I just don’t like the idea that dot releases are an expected fact of life, and that one shouldn’t buy or use a product until after a first dot release, service pack, etc. has been issued. The goal of any developer should obviously be to avoid the need for a bug-fix update.]

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