I finally upgraded from Photoshop CS2 to CS3. (My wife got tired of listening to me whine and let me use the credit card.) I had tried the beta version previously and was impressed enough to go for it, although there were some glitches which I was sure would be resolved in the final product.
Well, yes and no. After a day of experimenting with it, here's what I've found so far:
WHAT I LOVE:
Finally, a B&W conversion tool that might make me shelve Convert2BW Pro! It's straightforward, fairly intuitive, and allows adjustments not only in the usual RGB channels, but also in the CYM channels. What I'm not clear on is whether the sum of the CYM percentages should add up to 100%, as with the RGM channels. Also, I really like the toning option, although I wish the hue slider were a tad less sensitive.
Adobe Bridge seems much improved in CS3, and has a look similar to Lightroom.
WHAT I HATE:
The Print dialogue page (replaces Print With Preview in previous versions). It seems much less intuitive and more difficult to navigate than Print With Preview. But the major issue is that prints will not center on the paper. Even with the "centered" boxes checked both in PS Print dialogue and in printer properties (Epson 2200), the print is offset upward and to the right by nearly an inch in landscape mode. Just to make sure it wasn't a 2200 or an Epson issue, I also tested it on the 1280 and my el cheapo Lexmark Z615 office printer. Same result every time. Adobe customer support posted a "fix" for the problem, which doesn't work. I opened a case on the problem with Adobe technical support, but probably won't hear anything back for a few days. In the meantime, if I need to print, I'll do it via CS2. But, why should I have to?
OK, enough ranting for one day.....