Off all the CS3 updates, it’s the “workspace dock” that makes me most uncomfortable. I’m not sure whether or not I (a) like this change, (b) can live with this change, and (c) can use the changed interface effectively. I know the Adobe engineers were busy at work trying to get all the things we do a lot of into a central location, but the new workspace dock is cluttered and more than a little hard to use. Yes, all our normal friends (”info”, “layers”, “history”, etc) are there, but they’re in new forms or new locations or get accessed in new ways.
The workspace has several presentations. You can collapse or expand either side of the dock by clicking the double-arrows at the top. When collapsed, the icons on the left side gives single-click access to your history, brushes, tool presets, and several other utilities. I can’t really imagine a time you’d want to collapse the right-hand side. To access any of the palettes, just click the tab with the name (as you are used to doing) or, when the tab is closed, use the Window menu to reopen it. I’m guessing there’s supposed to be an easier way to add palettes, but I couldn’t find one yet.
I’m more than a little disappointed that I can’t just drag stuff around the screen the way I used to (like putting the Info panel here and the layers panel there). Everything is docked to the dock, which I’ll grow used to, but which kind of ticks me off. Oh well, can’t have everything.