Adobe CS4(CS3+1) Interface Change

Adobe Color Wheel

The ultra popular Creative Suite (CS) series of professional applications, developed and sold by Adobe Systems, Inc., will be upgraded to version 4 (CS4) sometime soon in  the coming 4 months (most likely in  October). So what’s so special about it ? Adobe has released upgrades almost every year! This time, Adobe aims at overhauling the complete interface of many of its apps especially imaging apps like Photoshop.


Photoshop CS4 v11 is currently in its beta form but Adobe delivered some very obvious and exciting changes to its latest beta. Some of the most notable are:

  • It facilitates N-up (2-up, 3-up, etc.) document layouts that adapt as you adjust the interface. Think “live window tiling”–great for comparing, compositing, etc.
  • It makes it easier to move the entire application and its contents, including from one monitor to another.
  • It prevents documents from getting obscured by panels (palettes).

Mac Only:

  • Blocks the contents of the desktop, minimizing visual clutter. (A number of Mac users have requested this option for many years. Certain people currently achieve this by opening a small blank document, hitting F to put it into full-screen mode, and then putting it into the background to hide the desktop.)
  • Optional new interface, may revert to old interface at any time!
  • The UI is full of unique elements that don’t appear elsewhere in the OS–e.g., custom scroll bars sitting next to OS-standard ones.

CS3 v/s CS4

Photoshop CS3

Photoshop CS4


A video demonstrating the new features.

And for those wondering as to why I’ve mentioned a CS3+1 for CS4, its because Adobe has asked people from refraining to use the term CS4. This definitely means we can expect a name change (and probably deletion of ‘Adobe’ before every app name!).

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~ by Avi on June 24th, 2008.

4 Responses to “Adobe CS4(CS3+1) Interface Change”

  1. I have been using DW CS4 through the beta program since it came out and I love the improvements. I can’t wait for other beta’s to come out so I can use them

  2. I’ve been using Photoshop, and believe me the interface is amazing. Adobe has done it this time. Wish, though, it was 64 bit for Mac! 🙂

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  4. я считаю: прелестно..

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