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Chapter 1. Getting Started with Photoshop CS > Checking for Updates and Patches

Checking for Updates and Patches

As time passes Photoshop, like any other program, will change. While Photoshop doesn't change quite that fast, it will change and it's up to you to keep up with those changes. There are two types of changes to an application: updates and patches. Updates are enhancements to a program such as a new feature, option, or command. Patches are problems discovered after the public release of the program. The good news is that both updates and patches are free, and once downloaded are self-installing. Adobe gives you two ways to check for changes, you can check on your own, or directly through the Photoshop application. Whichever method you choose, it's recommended you check for updates on a regular basis. Once a month is a good yardstick, so mark your calendar, and stay up-to-date.

Check for Updates Directly from the Internet

Open your Internet browser.

Go to the following Web address: www.adobe.com/support/downloads/main.html

Scroll down to Photoshop, and then click the Macintosh or Windows link.

Any updates or patches appear in a list.

Based on your operating system, follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the software.

IMPORTANT Checking on your own requires a computer with a connection to the Internet. Since some of the updates can be rather large, it's recommended you have high-speed access; 56k is good, DSL or cable modem is better.



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