Well I just posted one of the most in-depth tutorials to date and apparently some people were quite interested that I was using Vista & AE CS4. So I thought I would fill you in to the mystery.
I’ve actually been using CS4 for about 3-4 months, I just keep making tutorials in CS3 because so many people are still using it. In fact, I’ll probably continue to use CS3 for product training and future tutorials for at least a few more months, this tutorial was just an exception.
More importantly, I will continue to focus on the core functions of this great software and less on “new features” that maybe not be available to everyone yet. In fact, 90% of our free tutorials work with at least AE 7 and up and our products work with even AE 6.5 and up!
Yes, I am using Vista 64 which allows the program to access to more memory despite AE being a 32 bit app. Since Vista has been out for a while, I haven’t had any problems getting my software/hardware to work, but it’s always a good ideas to test the waters before jumping in. 64 Vista definitely yields a nice improvement in speed.
My thoughts on CS4… it’s just fine. I like the new interface although it took some time to get used to. One nice feature is the appearance settings can be tweaked to make everything nice and dark. There are also many new features that you can look up at Adobe’s website. I like that CS4 handles additional memory and processors more effectively; although improvements are always welcome.
Someone also notes that I seemed to save a lot during the tutorial… This is not unusual, I always save after every major step, but in CS3 there is not a progress bar.
Just so you know, I don’t really like to make computer comparisons and techno-mubo-jumbo. Amazing things have been done with all sort of systems and software. Always remember to focus on the craft, and then if there is a new feature that will save you some time… great. But you still have to use your imagination and creativity.