Thursday, May 17, 2012

Photoshop CS6 Plug-in Compatibility & Printing Update

In the better late than never category, I’ve reached out to my partners to find out how their products will work with Adobe Photoshop CS6 and the general consensus has been that the products are mostly working well. This is a huge improvement over CS5 which seemed to wreak havoc for months.

It is recommended that you completely uninstall the beta before installing the retail bits of Photoshop CS6. This may require you to re-install your plug-ins in some cases.

Nik Software

No issues with the current versions. Here’s a full statement from Nik.

The current versions are:

  • Dfine 2: Mac – 2.110; Windows – 2.110
  • Viveza 2: Mac – 2.007; Windows – 2.007
  • HDR Efex Pro: Mac – 1.204; Windows – 1.203
  • Color Efex Pro 4: Mac – 4.002; Windows – 4.002
  • Silver Efex Pro 2: Mac – 2.004; Windows – 2.004
  • Sharpener Pro 3: Mac – 3.008; Windows – 3.008

onOne Software

No major issues, but updates are available. Visit http://www.ononesoftware.com/support/2689/ for more info.

The updates are posted near the top of each page on the following links.

Topaz Labs

There should not be any issues with compatibility with CS6.

For setup, try this....

For Windows:
Please go to your preferences menu in Photoshop and select Plug-ins. Check / enable the Additional Plug-ins Folder option then click Choose. After that, please navigate to: C: \ Program Files and select the Topaz Labs folder. Then click Choose  (or it may say Save / OK) to save this back to Photoshop. Back in Photoshop click OK to save your changes, then restart Photoshop. Once Photoshop opens, go to your Filter menu and you should be able to access Topaz.

For Mac:
Please go to your preferences menu in Photoshop and select Plug-ins. Check / enable the Additional Plug-ins Folder option then click Choose. After that, please navigate to: Macintosh HD -> Library -> Application Support and select the Topaz Labs folder. Then click save / OK to save this back to Photoshop. Back in Photoshop click OK to save your changes, then restart Photoshop. Once Photoshop opens, go to your Filter menu and you should be able to access Topaz.

Alienskin Software

Here’s their reply:

All of our products work great with CS6. The one caveat is that the Bokeh installer doesn't recognize CS6, so you have to show it which folder to install into. We will update that before the end of May.

HDRSoft (Photomatix)

Learn more here:

Photoshop CS6 Printing

Windows had some issues that frustrated me in CS5, but there’s a workaround to help get the best results that Adobe offers for that product. While I still prefer the results I get from CS4 the best, things won’t be changing in Photoshop so it’s probably time to just accept the difference and adjust my workflow for the new print engine.

According to my Adobe contact for CS5, the "right way" to do things for printing in Photoshop is:

  1. Set the correct printer.
  2. Set the color management settings in the PS print dialog
  3. Select "Print Settings" to get the to the driver's print dialog
  4. Verify that the driver color management settings are correct, and correct them if needed
  5. OK.
  6. Double-check the settings in the Photoshop print dialog. The Color Management settings MAY have changed, depending on what changes you made in the driver settings.
  7. If the driver settings were correct in step 6, print and you should be good. If something had changed in 6, it's probably safest to select "Done" in the Photoshop print dialog, and then File > Print a second time. No changes should be needed at this point, but we'll re-send the color settings to the driver and things will definitely work correctly if you "Done" and come into the dialog a second time.

In CS6, steps 6 and 7 should be un-needed, and overall the printing experience should be better.

Imagenomic

No statement or comments made at this time.

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8 comments:

Mark Coons said...

Thanks Ron. I had been trying to determine how to get CS6 to recognize my Topaz plug-ins with little success. Will follow your directions tonight!

David Makkers said...

Hello Ron. I own the Canon IPF 8300 and I use the Canon CS5 plugin for printing. The plugin allows 16 bit printing of images. Check it out.

Thanks, David Makkers

Ron Martinsen said...

David - correct because it uses the export module to bypass Photoshop so it has 16-bit on all versions of Photoshop and OS's it runs on. I was referring to native Photoshop printing

Mark - hope it helps

David Makkers said...

Thanks Ron. I also used the printing function on CS6 and I like it as well.

Anonymous said...

Open photoshop CS6 take 4 minutes with nick color effects por 4. And i have really good pc. with cs5 no problem.

Anonymous said...

No way the make the Topaz whole bundle working on Photoshop CS6..

Ron Martinsen said...

Anonymous,

About Topaz, here's their official response to your concern:

I'm sorry for any trouble you are having. Going through the Additional Plug-ins folder should allow you to access Topaz plug-ins after restarting PS CS6. However we have also updated all of our installers to auto-install into PS CS6. All you need to do is re-download from www.topazlabs.com/downloads, install, and the plug-ins should auto-install in CS6 plug-ins folder (accessible through CS6 Filters drop-down menu). If you run into any issues, please contact Topaz support at www.topazlabs.com/support and we will be happy to help you get your plug-ins installed. -Nichole with Topaz

This is pretty much standard accross the board for many plug-in providers, so you shouldn't be out of luck. I've just used the additional plug-ins folder to make all of my run from day 1 with no problem.

jodrake said...

Thanks, It works for me on showing topaz adjust 5 in Photoshop. Before this, I'm so crazy for not having idea to pop up the plug-in.