Adobe reports that in less than a week, more than half a million users have registered in order to test the Photoshop CS6 beta. It seems the software has been eagerly awaited by many people, the beta enjoying huge success since the first day of its announcement.
With more than 500,000 downloads since March 22, when Photoshop CS6 was released, the unexpected success lies on the fact that users have the opportunity to test free software that is expetced to retail at £440 ($699) for the standard edition, and £630 ($999) for the extended version. The last time Adobe organised a free beta for Photoshop was with CS3.
Photoshop CS6 introduces more than 65 new features into the system, including a redesigned user interface that now has a darker background that can be customised, polished menus and icons, a new crop tool, expanded video editing options, auto recovery and also the possibility of searching layers, based on names.
The beta also includes a new vector tool which was imported from Illustrator, new algorithms for every exposure, contrast as well as many other features of the Camera Raw 7.0 plugin, an improved liquefy tool and Content-Aware fill. A background saving option was also embedded, allowing lengthy saves to be performed without disruption of the current process.
Anyone wishing to join the beta and test Photoshop CS6 for free can do so on the official website, where the only requirement is an Adobe ID. At the moment, only English and Japanese languages are implemented.
Source: Adobe Blog