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What is the difference between Photoshop V6 and Photoshop CS6?

Feb 17, 2013 8:29 PM

Can anyone tell me the difference between Photoshop version 6 and Photoshop CS6?  Thanks.

 
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Feb 17, 2013 8:53 PM   in reply to MaryKayShaefer

    Something like 15 years and 7 major version releases.  Photoshop CS6 is 13.0, where Photoshop 6.0 was, well, 6.0!

     

    -Noel

     
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    Feb 17, 2013 9:54 PM   in reply to MaryKayShaefer

    Photoshop has had two very different, somewhat overlapping, version numbering systems in its history.

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Photoshop_version_history

     

    The original Version 1 to version 7 lasted from c.1990 to 2002. It still continues in the background under the new version numbering scheme.

     

    Photoshop version 6 shipped in 2000.

     

    From 2003 onwards Adobe changed the marketing name of the product line to "Creative Suite" and product numbering was reset to CS (known as "CS1" by implication).

     

    Thus we now have

    CS (also known as CS1; version 8 under the original system)

    CS2 (version 9)

    CS3 (version 10)

    CS4 (version 11)

    CS5 (version 12)

    CS6 (version 13) - shipped in 2012

     

    Thus there is more than a decade of new and enhanced features (and some removed) between version 6 and CS6.

     
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  • Pierre Courtejoie
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    Feb 18, 2013 12:42 AM   in reply to John Waller

    Note that on John's link are only listed the major features...

    There are usually hundreds of changes between each version.

    On the Macintosh side, there has been major rewrites, from Classic to OS-X, CodeWarrior CFM to Mach-O, from Power PC to Intel code, from Carbon to Cocoa...

     
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    Feb 18, 2013 7:43 AM   in reply to Pierre Courtejoie

    Small technical point: not rewrites, but refactoring.

     

    In computer science, rewrites have a long history of failure.

    Refactoring means replacing subsystems, or putting abstractions in place to make large changes easier to manage.

     
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    Feb 18, 2013 8:51 AM   in reply to Chris Cox

    That's an interesting observation, Chris.  All the things I've ever rewritten came out better than the junkware I was tasked with fixing. 

     

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    Feb 18, 2013 9:31 AM   in reply to Noel Carboni
     
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