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09/12/2011 01:22:09 PM · #1
I have CS2 with Canera Raw 3.7.Since I retired I am on a limited budget and could not afford to buy CS5.Would there be any advantage to buying Elemnts 9 or PSP4 with a later version of Raw.I also have DPP but find it very cumbersome.
09/12/2011 01:53:04 PM · #2
Couldn't you ask your brother George to buy it for you? I've heard he has lots of money. J/k. ;D

I have CS2 as well along with elements 8 & PSPX2. I can do raw conversions in either (or even Picasa for that matter), then open it in PS. I wouldn't worry about upgrading.
09/12/2011 01:57:48 PM · #3
PSP X4 sounds like it may be a worthwhile upgrade from the X2 that I am currently using. The talk in the PSP group on Flickr sounds like they may have fixed a few things, like making all the tools work in 16 bit mode. And the Ultimate edition comes with a full copy of Color Efex 3.0 (Yes, I know 4.0 is out now, which is why v3 is the giveaway). X3 was blasted by many of the group as being mostly marketing fluff, so it's not a bunch of Corel fanboys.
09/12/2011 02:21:05 PM · #4
If it will do what you want, Elements 9 is certainly a good path. So, IMO, is staying with CS2. I am still using CS3 at work, and for 99.5% of my needs it works just fine. Now, if I needed to convert RAWs from newer cameras, well, that's another story.
If you elect to move outside the Ps family, for instance to PSP, you will of curse have another steep user-interface curve to climb.
One thing to consider is that you are at a crossroads. You can still upgrade from CS2 to CS5 @ $199 USD, but that option will almost certainly vanish with the upcoming release of Ps CS6. I believe that CS6 is actually out for beta, or soon to be out for beta. The cost of upgrade to CS5 is not much higher than some of the alternatives.
Another possibility that you may not have considered is to watch for a deal on Lightroom. It will give you very powerful RAW processing, as well as a potent organizational tool. Its list price is probably more than you want to spend though, and you do need good, quick hardware makes the user experience pleasant (though I do use it on a 4-year-old laptop without much pain). You could then stick with CS2 for more complex edits. The Lr interface is another learning curve, of course, so consider that as well.
One final option (careful with this one!) is to watch fleabay or other online resources for a deal on a copy of CS3 or newer. CS3 will handle Camera Raw v 4.6, which supports the 5D; I just opened a 5D RAW file on my work laptop to verify.
09/16/2011 10:55:27 AM · #5
Thanks for your comments and help.I have decided to stay with what I have and pobably make better use of DPP.Besides which the Chief Financial Officer and the Main Tripod Carrier says I do not justify any further expense (as she went out to have her hair done)!!!!
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