Adobe releases Photoshop CS6 beta as free download

Adobe announced late Wednesday that with immediate effect it was making available a free beta version of its flagship Photoshop CS6 application. The product is available for both the Mac OS and Windows platforms.

Anyone interested is invited to download the beta version, try it out and — most important of all as far as Adobe programmers are concerned — offer feedback on its performance.

A statement from Adobe Systems said that once final testing is complete, the stable version should be available by June this year. It’s the first major upgrade to the powerful image editing software in two years.

Adobe says highlights of the next version of CS6 include an addition to its content-aware component called Patch, similar to Clone, where users can choose a sample area they want to patch and then blend pixels “for a stunning result.”

The San Jose-based company also claims Photoshop CS6 will feature “blazingly fast performance” offering “near-instant results” when editing with particular tools, as well as a “refined, fresh, and elegant” user interface.

“Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance,” Adobe’s Winston Hendrickson said in the statement.

The final product will come in two versions — the standard Photoshop CS6 and the more expensive Extended edition with its extra features. The free beta version offers users the full Photoshop experience.

Photoshop first launched around 22 years ago and has since gone on to become the image editing tool of choice for artists, photographers and designers around the world.

If you’re interested in trying out the latest version, you can download it from the Adobe Labs website here.

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