How do I become a Beta Tester for Adobe Software?

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I love Adobe products and want to help make them better. How do I become a pre-release tester of Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements, Photoshop.com or any of the other products?
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We generally look for customers who are active in the community and are passionate about our tools. If you're highly active on this site, our user to user forums, and other product forums, that's a good sign to us of your level of interest is high. There are several folks who participate on this as well as our prerelease.
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"We generally look for customers who are active in the community and are passionate about our tools."

You should not look only for people who are "passionate" about your tools.
You should find people who are CRITICAL about your software.
Adobe software is NOT just goodie, goodie. 60% are quite useless.
First of all YOU the employers should be the most critical.
Otherwise all the memory and CPU issues on Mac side we have would not exist.
Go and do a short Google about Adobe Products, espacially, Lightroom, Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects. You'll be surprised about all the ranting in the web.

However. I feel that there is a lot of ingnorance and arrogance at adobe, that's why you're not listening to your users nor beta testers at all. Adobe are the only who believe what's good for us = WRONG folks!
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You're reading into my statement too much and making a false assumption. Passion can describe emotions both positive and negative. I actively seek out users who are critical of our products and add them to Photoshop's prerelease. Ask anyone on the Photoshop team. I'm am one of it's most passionate critics and testers.
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Trust me, our beta testers are quite critical of our tools. Frequently we invite people into the beta program who are highly critical -- assuming they can articulate their complaints and be constructive when discussing solutions.
And yes, the Photoshop team can be our own worst critics -- we use Photoshop ourselves, and want it RIGHT.
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Well I do have a few beefs with PS the Major being HDR . won't even us it in PS I do that in another program then bring the image in after I have finished the HDR work in said program
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That's what this site is for. Create a new topic (if a search for existing one doesn't turn and existing one up) for each of your beefs and tell us what you'd like to see changed.
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Shouldn't Adobe instead seek out people who are NOT passionate about its tools, nor active on this site and forums, to gauge what people who aren't familiar with and indoctrinated to your workflows think of them? How else can you gauge what untapped, potential customers think of your products?
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We also do that, though those people rarely stick around for beta testing.
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Michel Plaxton

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I'd stick around. Sort of have to for my job.
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Adobe don't need only beta testers. They resolve only a part of the client problems.
That's why I'm always inviting Adobe staff to come to us and see themselves what any beta tester is unable to see/experience.
In our case, having 6000 raw new images to deal with every day with a intercontinental production team.
What beta tester can give this?
Only using big image production systems.
Creative Cloud is solving only a part of our problems ignoring the rest and not giving any hope of dealing with them.

At least, Adobe could send us a good beta tester to get the data he/she need...

There are bugs never solved from CS5 until now and they are beeing used now the same. For example, UI framework on Bridge has never been upgraded.
For example, the team of Cameraraw plugin don't use the same color sampler tool integrated with photoshop color sampler (this should be logical and it would be 'crucial' for our productivity).
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I thought we were all beta testers these days!
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Jesper Hammarbäck

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hi, well im not that active but I work with photoshop everyday at swedens biggest pre-production companies and I think I can help develop some good ideas.
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I wonder if such a work environment might not actually be detrimental to your chances for becoming a beta tester – because the potential confidentiality requirements might be much harder to fulfill if you share an office or even a computer with other users.
Just guesswork on my part, though.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
How can I be a beta tester for Premiere Elements, or Lightroom?.
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I've been working with Photoshop in the industry for the past 16 years but have only recently been interested in beta testing. Also, is it true that some time over the next 6 weeks, Adobe will be looking for beta testers for CS6? If so, as well as being active on this site, what would be other criteria for applying to be a tester?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Mostly looking for people who are engaged and passionate with the product and the community.
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Jeff Schewe

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Derek, asking questions about rumors (or spreading them) wouldn't be high on the list of desirable attributes for a beta tester...just saying, cause anybody who would know couldn't possibly say.
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Cheers Jeff.
I guess my naivety on the subject of beta testing is shining through like a brightly lit bulb of stupidity but I'm slowly coming round to the way things are working. 'nough said.
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Yep...but don't bang yourself up too much. The process of becoming a real beta tester (vs the "public beta" that Adobe sometimes does) is either a long and sorta protracted process or one of pure luck of being in the right place at the right time and meeting the right people.

As Jeff says, if you are highly active in the community here or elsewhere, go to the various shows like Photoshop World and meet people from Adobe, that's really the best way of becoming a beta tester...or just plain good luck!
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How to become beta tester for Premiere Pro, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
PreRelease Testing?.
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I'm a student in photography and use photoshop pretty much everyday I would be interested in being in the beta tests
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Hi,

I have tested PSE for the last 3 cycles i.e. PSE 8,9,10 by working onsite with Adobe India.

Also, i have done Photoshop Ace CS5 with an aggregate percentage of 88 %.
I am looking forward to become a Pre release tester for PSE 11.

Can you please recommend me to how to adopt the process to be a Beta tester for PSE 11.
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Patrick Griffin

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I think it would be fun to be a beta tester for CS6 Master Collection.
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Anthony Harmon

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I have been a professional-level photographer since 2004. I have also been an Adobe customer for many, many years.

I have several CS versions for both my old PowerPC Mac (cited only for reference purposes) and a 10-month old DIY Windows 7/8 PC



I have tens of thousands of photos, hundreds of pieces of artwork and (until I took seriously ill in 2007) the makings of one of the largest personal websites in the world... seriously...

http://www.zenzenpup.com (16,880 files and counting)

Now, I'm struggling to get my life back, I have 4 years of work to catch up on, I'm barely squeaking by on General Relief and I lost my subscription to CS 5.5 Design Collection because that money went to prescriptions and treatments...

I just downloaded and installed Windows 8 and I am desperate to make a strong move back to being "relevant" again.

Can you help?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
When Does A Really Motivated, Yet Ill Photoshop CS User Get To Beta Test CS6 Software?.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How can I become part of the Adobe Photoshop pre-release program? (beta testing).

Hi, how can I become part of the Adobe Photoshop pre-release program? (beta testing)
Am I on the right way become one? When I found a lot of bugs, shortly after the 2015.1.0 release  David said I would be a good candidate. :-)
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I would love to help you guys out. Incredibly passionate about Photoshop which is why I'm always p*ssed off at you guys. Literally used Photoshop non-stop since Photoshop v4 in '96 or '97. Every version, still have the boxes and discs. The only thing I know better than PS is Mac OS (excluding it's brain damaged cousins The Captain and Yosemite).

Seriously, let me know. I vent almost daily about Adobe software (and Apple) so this would be a chance to do something useful about it.
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Is there a way to get into the LR beta testing arena? I use LR heavily and would love to give it a spin.