Adobe Photoshop CS3 Beta For Mac and Windows to Arrive on This Friday

Finally, Adobe has officially announced the availability of Photoshop CS3 Beta for public testing.
http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200612/121406Photoshop.html

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Beta will be available for:

  • Mac OS X – Universal Binary for PPC and Intel Macs
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista

From the press release:

The software can be downloaded at: http://labs.adobe.com , in the early hours Pacific Standard Time on December 15

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Customers who have a valid serial number for all other language versions of qualifying Adobe products can download the software. Without a serial number, users can still download Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta, with the product expiring after two days. Customers must register online with Adobe or have an existing Adobe.com membership account to access the software

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System Requirements
For Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta, recommended system requirements are as follows. For Macintosh: Mac OSX 10.4.8 or 10.5, 1 GHz PowerPC® G4 or G5 processor, Intel based Macintosh. For Windows: Intel® Xeon® , Xeon Dual, Centrino® or Pentium® 4 processor, Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or higher, Microsoft Windows Vista. Both platforms require 512 MB RAM and a 1024×769 resolution screen. Photoshop CS3 beta will expire soon after the launch of Photoshop CS3 in Spring 2007. Details on final pricing, system requirements and availability have yet to be determined.

©2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.

Skype 3.0 for Windows and Unlimited Calling Plan

I have been using SkypeOut roughly since it was first announced. I really like this feature. Skype currently offers free SkypeOut calls within US and Canada. This special offer will last until December 31st, 2006. Fear not, because Skype is offering a cheap plan for its SkypeOut within US and Canada. I am signing up for it.

From Skype news:
http://about.skype.com/2006/12/skype_announces_new_skype_unli.html

Skype Announces New Skype Unlimited Calling Plan
Offers 12 Months of Unlimited Skype Calls to Any Phone Within the US and Canada for a Flat Annual Rate

SAN JOSE, Calif., December 13, 2006 – Skype, the global Internet communications company, is now offering U.S. and Canadian consumers the new Skype Unlimited Calling plan, a paid annual subscription service that allows registered users to make 12 months of unlimited SkypeOut™ calls to any phones within the U.S. and Canada.

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The Skype Unlimited Calling plan is available for a flat rate of $29.95 per year. People who sign up for the new plan before January 31, 2007 will receive a special discounted introductory rate of $14.95 per year – 50 percent off the regular price. While Skype to Skype calls will remain free, the new Skype Unlimited Calling plan is an easier and cheaper way for our growing number of SkypeOut users to stay in touch with friends and family over any phone line. Consumers can also choose SkypeOut’s pay-per-minute offering.

In somewhat related news, Skype 3.0 for Windows is available for download.
http://www.skype.com/download/skype/windows/helloagain.html

What’s new in Skype 3.0

  • Easier to use, more powerful and personal interface.
  • Connect with the world on Skype Public Chats.
  • Do more and share more with Extras.
  • Click to call ordinary phone numbers on any website (optional install).

Features

  • Make free Skype-to-Skype calls to anyone else, anywhere in the world.
  • See who you are talking to with free video calls.
  • Send SMS messages to friends on the move.
  • Group chat with up to 100 people or conference call with up to four.
  • Search the web with the Google Toolbar (optional install).

Skype 2.5 Beta for Mac OS X is also available
http://www.skype.com/download/skype/macosx/25beta.html