I was the guy at the Print academy in Atlanta that answered the question "when did PS 1 release?" and won the copy of CS2 Win which you handed to me at the back of the room. You were so nice on that particular day).
Well, we did over 15 Print Academies last year so the cities and venues have kinda merged into one large dark room. I think I remember Atlanta...but I'm not sure-I know we had a lot of wine at Denis Reggie's that nite. (only because I have photos)
As wonderful as the features in CS3 are, this is by far the worst release stability wise of PS have ever used - I started on version 3 and have owned/use every version except 5.5
Then you either have a "selective memory" or you're blowing smoke...you don't remember Photoshop CS2 and Bridge 1.0.0? Bridge wasn't usable (by most people) until the 1.0.1 update that happened a couple of months after 1.0.0 was released. CS2 shipped end of April, 2005 and Bridge 1.0.1 was out by the end of the quarter-I wouldn't be surprised to see Bridge updated by the end of the quarter either. Bridge 1 didn't get "stable" until Bridge 1.0.4 (I guess you forgot about all the Bridge 1 updates and the problems with Adobe Updater, huh?)
I guess you also forgot that Photoshop 3.0 shipped with the beta expire code still in it requiring a recall of all the CDs and the release of Photoshop 3.0.1? Did you forget Photoshop 4 shipping with totally new behaviors that pissed off the entire industry? What about Photoshop 5's default setting to convert your images to sRGB upon open? Photoshop 6 had 2 or 3 updates. Photoshop 7 was pretty stable. But you seem to be lumping Photoshop, Camera Raw and Bridge into a single category. I've had ZERO problems with Photoshop CS3 and Camera Raw 4 and only a few problems with Bridge 2.0.0.
The biggest problem appears to be that Bridge 2 seems to struggle if your system memory is already fragmented when launched. So, I just launch Bridge 2 before Photoshop CS3 and make sure I don't have a ton of other apps open at the same time. Yes, I've had quits too. When it happens, I relaunch holding down command/option/shift and reset the preferences. Doing that has minimized Bridge 2 issues considerably.
But your original post wasn't one where you were asking for help, was it? You came into the forums to vent and blow off steam. Jumping into CS3 while wiping CS2 from the machine was pretty stupid, right? So you want to blame Adobe even though you know full well your problem really was you hadn't made the transition smoothly as yet. You didn't have a stable working environment so you wanted somebody else to blame.
If you didn't want my attention, why did you put my name in your OP? Your post was useless ranting...and I have no use for useless. Your system info is sketchy at best...the only known issues with Photoshop CS3 are with video drivers (are yours up to date?) and MSFT's 6.1 mouse driver (are you using a MSFT mouse?).
And my OP wasn't harsh or defensive of Adobe...you want harsh? What you did was stupid and unprofessional. It's your job to have a stable working environment with a workflow that is tested and reliable. Installing CS3 and wiping CS2 was stupid and unprofessional and you want somebody else besides yourself to blame. Sorry if this offends you but I suspect you know full well that it was stupid and unprofessional, right? And THAT was not Adobe's fault.
Win XP/SP2, 3gig processor, 3gig ram, lots of SATA & ATA drives - 80 gig scratch, etc.,etc. This PC never saw the beta.
Well, that's pretty south of useful...
If you want help, ask for help. But do the people you want to help you the service of asking real questions and providing the required info to make helping you something other than speculation.
You want my attention? Fine, but don't be surprised if my response isn't to your liking...what did you really expect dooode? Patting you on the head and telling you that what you did was Adobe's fault? I don't think so...
So, you want help or do you just want to piss and moan?