I hope this thread is not redundant, as I did do some searches on this and other forums and none answered the specific questions I have. If I did miss a useful thread, please link or something?
Looking through the student discounts my university offers, I noticed that CS3 had a rather sexy price. However, I did some research and read a few threads here and it seems that there are various... issues. In particular, pressure sensitivity issues that require a workaround. Basically, I want confirmation, and possible a comparison of speed, I couldn't find satisfactory info anywhere.
I have a 9x12 Intuos3 tablet, which is precisely the make/size that seems to have instability in CS3. I've read that not using the mouse at all while using CS3 helps, but I use both in tandem extensively, and I would really rather not have to perform a workaround just to be able to use the software as it's meant to be used.
Additionally, I want to ask about the speed of CS3 as compared to CS2 (which I currently use) and 7.0 (which I regret updating). 7.0 was much faster in my opinion. In particular, although CS2 opens faster, when opening/creating a file for the first time, it loads for an additional 10-15 seconds which are quite annoying. It also seems overall slower and more resource-hungry than 7.0. So, what's CS3 like compared to this? I've heard it's slightly faster and I've heard it's slower, so I'd like some more specifics.
I use CS2 primarily for drawing, although I also do graphic work and photo editing occasionally, so I am interested in some of the newer features. However, if CS3 is slower and the pressure sensitivity bug is really as serious as it seems to be, then I probably will not buy the software.
On a slightly related note, is there any way to buy older versions (preferably with discounts)? There's always the torrent option, but that's something I'd rather not do.