I've moved from Photoshop CS3 to CS5 and have just found Adobe in their (lack of) wisdom have removed the File>Automate>PDF Presentation feature and replaced it with the lame Output option in Bridge. Unfortunately, that doesn't do what I want. I can't see any option for outputting my files at 100% print size, just a selection of presets like '2-up greeting card', 'triptych' or 'maximum size'. Then you just get a 'quality' (ie resolution) setting.
In CS3 I could go File>Automate>PDF Presentation and select multiple files, then create a press-ready file from that. I often create print advertisements where there are, say, half a dozen variants to run over a period of 6 months. From CS3, I could send the printer a single file with all the adverts in the order they were to run in. Similarly, I could send my client a single proof file with all the ads in at real-size.
Have I missed something in the Bridge Output module, or is it really as lame as it appears?
I realise in CS5 I can still 'save as' and get all the necessary pre-press settings that way, but only for a single file at a time. The Bridge Output mess is useless for this from my point of view
I thought when software vendors release new versions, they are supposed to include new features, not remove valuable existing ones. Flashy stuff like content aware fill is fun, but removing basic, useful productivity features seems bizarre. I could sort of understand that thinking in a consumer product like Elements, but not in professional software like PS.
This basically leaves me with two options. Work in CS5, then close my files, then reopen them in CS3 to create my PDFs - or dump CS5 altogether and revert to using CS3 for everything.
I had a glimmer of hope on reading on this page: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/840/cpsid_84020.html
"Optional plug-ins not installed in Photoshop CS5 and downloadable online
* PDF Presentation and Web Photo Gallery can be found in Bridge CS5 in the Adobe Output Model (AOM). If you want to download the Photoshop CS5 versions of PDF Presentation and Web Photo Gallery, please see the following document for information: go.adobe.com/kb/ts_cpsid_82824_en-us. This download package will contain the plug-in along with Optional Plug-ins Read Me. "
However, when you get to the download page, these are the only optional plugins available:
* Picture Package (ContactSheetII)
* ExtractPlus (Windows-only)
* Web Photo Gallery (WebContactSheetII) plus presets
* Script for Layer Comps to Web Photo Gallery
* Texture presets for Texturizer
You guessed it - the one I wanted is the one that's missing! (though at least TWAIN is there - another "why on earth did they remove that").
Anyone got any suggestions, other than going back to CS3 and never wasting money on another Adobe "upgrade" again??