Adobe Systems has announced it will soon start shipping its first version of the popular Photoshop image-editing tool that works with Mac OS X, Apple's next-generation operating system.
Registered users of earlier versions of Photoshop will be able to upgrade to version 7.0 for the reduced price of $149. The software will be priced at about $610 for new users.
Among the top new features Adobe is touting in 7.0 is the Healing Brush, which lets users remove dust, scratches and other damage from images.
The new Auto Color Command provides for reliable color correction while the new Painting Engine simulates traditional painting techniques.
The Pattern Maker plug-in allows artists to create realistic or abstract patterns such as grass, rocks and sand simply by selecting a section of an image and expanding it out.
The Enhanced Liquify (distorting) tool allows you to view multiple image layers, zoom, pan, and undo multiple steps. It also saves custom meshes and other multistep tasks for use in other files
Support for Dithered Transparencies allows users to apply sophisticated blending effects.
The OS X version of Photoshop 7.0 dovetails with the operating system's Aqua interface for new levels of ease and convenience.
The new Workspace function, for example, lets artists customize their own palettes, tools and menus in saved configurations.
Version 7.0 also contains a new File Browser that creates thumbnails, as well as a metadata sheet for large arrangements of images. The browser can rank and arrange images and can perform basic manipulations, such as rotation.