The future of Photoshop includes GPU and physics acceleration, with Adobe CS4 set to ship this October, a report claims.

The company is currently developing its creative applications for release with Adobe Creative Suite 4, and while not a great deal’s known about these yet, some features are emerging, with Adobe preparing for more public revelations soon, we think. The new GPU and physics acceleration features for Photoshop were demonstrated by Nvidia to TG Daily this week. And the website says progress on the move is “simply stunning”.

What the application (allegedly code-named ‘Stonehenge’) now does is use the power of a computer’s graphics processing unit to accelerate certain image editing functions, generating tangible improvements TG Daily calls “more effective than anything else we have seen before in our experience using Photoshop over the past 14 years”.

“Changes made through image zoom and through a new rotate canvas tool were applied almost instantly.” Harnessing the GPU in this way has signnificantly speeded-up even the most intensive Photoshop operations, the report claims, stating Adobe CS4 will ship around 1 October.

UPDATE: Adobe has since informed the public that claims as to an October launch for the software are "made up", according to John Nack. In related news, Adobe shipped beta versions of three upcoming CS4 applications today, May 27, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Soundbooth.

 

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