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The much-anticipated CS5 is here: Will you upgrade?

Added on Thursday 17th of June 2010 09:28 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


Adobe just released CS5 and now you have a choice to make: Do you upgrade or stick with your current version? You shouldn’t make any decision to upgrade lightly, so we’ll help you weigh your options.


To unravel the details surrounding the CS5 upgrade, we’ll:

• Point out the eligibility requirements for upgrading to CS5.

• Outline the hardware and software specs you’ll need to run CS5.

• Point out some of the hot new features you’ll find in Photoshop CS5 if you upgrade.


Adobe unveiled their Creative Suite 5 software in mid-April. And, if you’re like most people, you’re trying to figure out if this upgrade is in your budget. Balancing out software costs and hardware upgrades is serious business, so we’ll highlight the main points that you should consider when making this decision.


What’s the cost?

How much you’ll need to fork out depends on what product line you’re interested in. Table A outlines the full version and upgrade costs of the most popular CS5 products. To compare what comes in each of these suites, point your browser to


Table A: CS5 is available in a variety at a variety of price points in full and upgrade pricing.


Full price

Upgrade price

Photoshop CS5



Photoshop Extended CS5



CS5 Design Standard



CS5 Design Premium



CS5 Production Premium



CS5 Web Premium



CS5 Master Collection






Who can upgrade?

While anyone can purchase the full versions of the various packages, not just anyone can receive the favored upgrade pricing. Adobe usually has a three-version upgrade policy, so if you’re running CS2 or later you can get the upgrade price. If you’re still using CS, though, you missed the boat with the passing of CS4. However, if you have Macromedia version 8 products you can qualify for an upgrade. To use Adobe’s eligibility tool to determine if you qualify for upgrade pricing, visit


Do you need a system upgrade?

Available for both Macintosh and Windows platforms, CS5 demands more computing power than CS4. While the requirements differ for each suite, Table B outlines the minimum system requirements for the CS5 Design Premium, which should give you an idea of what you should expect necessary for any of the upgrades. Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended standalone products require significantly less RAM and hard-disk space than the suites.


Table B:

Adobe CS5 Design Premium minimum system requirements.





Multicore Intel processor

Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor

Operating System

OS v10.5.7 or v10.6

Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3; Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (Service Pack 2 recommended); or Windows 7


1 GB or more recommended

1 GB or more recommended

Available hard-disk space

10.3 GB for installation; additional free space required during installation


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