Some things it seems you can only do in P/Shop -- it can really help with DVD menus in some authoring programs, in fact DVDA makes it harder on you if you don't use it.
Unfortunately Adobe is going downhill... the DVD for CS4 doesn't even include a PDF manual, & there's no book included. Customer Svc is almost non-existent. CS4 installation problems are common enough that Adobe has set aside a section of their site just for that, & their forum search, where I eventually found an answer, is ridiculous -- filtering doesn't work correctly, so I had to wade thru pages of post headings, reading anything that sounded promising before I found the cure. To add insult, the problem was caused by registry keys under ie's User Agent key, had to be put back for ie7 to work properly after install, & was reported with DreamWeaver CS4 Beta, yet Adobe neither fixed it or included it in the list of known problems. They did however remove the original, DreamWeaver post -- lucky for me someone remembered & posted about it.
Problems running P/Shop CS4 are rampant in the Adobe forums, but loads of users like myself were forced to upgrade or lose eligibility -- Adobe limits how old your version can be to qualify. While CS4 is supposed to work in Windows 64, the ReadMe file on the DVD says XP 64 is untested -- use at your own risk. P/Shop now uses the GPU for some display manipulation, but again loads of user complaints. The good news is that as of 12/11/08 you can still pick up the CS3 Upgrade for ~$120. You ***might*** even get a free upgrade to CS4 from Adobe, for buying CS3 after the CS4 announcement, though some folks have had to email & call for over a month. A free copy of CS4 might even come in handy, assuming Adobe fixes it.
Review by mikiem
Dec 11, 2008 Version: CS4
OS: WinXP Ease of use: 6/10
Value for money: 5/10