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Product: Adobe Photoshop 5.5
Company: Adobe
Estimated Street Price: Full Version $609 (Reviewed) - Upgrade $129 (after rebate) to owners of both Photoshop 5.0 and ImageReady 1.0, and $199 (after rebate) to owners of 4.0 and previous versions of Photoshop
Review By: Clifford Palmer, Jr

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Installation
3: Image Editing
4: Web Design
5: Photoshop: For Serious Designs Only
6: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Adobe's Photoshop 5.5.

Final Comments

How It Grades
Installation: 91%
Manual: 90%
Features: 93%
Image Quality: 94%
Ease Of Use: 74%
Cost: 78%
Overall: 86%

Photoshop has demonstrated for years that it is a fantastic image editing tool. With hundreds of plug-in filters and effects you can buy and download, great editing abilities, and and more features than I can think of, it's hard to go wrong with it. Now, for the first time, Photoshop has shown that it can combine the image editing tools that it's always had with web-oriented features that can save web designers time and money working with other products. While Photoshop may have some problems with newer and home users (namely price & learning curve), it's definitely a must-have for all serious graphics and internet web designers.


Overall Score 86%
Version Reviewed Adobe Photoshop Version 5.5
Release Date Out Now
In The Box?
  • Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Software
  • Adobe ImageReady™ 2.0 Software
  • Royalty-free stock photographs
  • Third-party plug-in filters
  • Sample textures and gradients
  • Sample Actions
  • Adobe Acrobat® Reader
  • Quicktime™ Software
  • Interactive Tutorial
  • Multimedia Guided tour with instructional videos
  • Digital Masters Art Show
  • Sample art files
  • Quick Reference card
  • User Guide
The Good Points Massive Amount Of Options
End Results Are Second To None
Easy Install
Good Filters
Excellent New Web Design Features
The Bad Points Price
Not Easy For New Users
Reviewers PC Setup Pentium II 450
Windows 98 Second Edition
128 Meg SD-Ram
Voodoo 2 - 8mb
DirectX 7 Gold
SoundBlaster Live! Value
17" LG Electronics Monitor
Matrox G400 32MB AGP Graphics Card
Microsoft Force Feedback Pro
Microsoft Game Pad Pro (USB)
Microsoft Digital Sound System 80

DVD Setup: Toshiba SD-1202 DVD-ROM - 32x
DVD TV Player - Samsung 807

PC Required Pentium® or faster Intel® processor
Windows® 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT® 4.0 or later
64MB of RAM (96 to run ImageReady & Photoshop concurrently)
125MB of available hard-disk space
256-color (8-bit) display adapter (24-bit recommended)
CD-ROM Drive
Sound Card Recommended for viewing interactive tutorial files


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