Adobe Photoshop 6.0 is now shipping, and will reach UK dealers "in seven to ten days", Adobe says.

The upgrade offers integrated vector-drawing tools and new layer-design features. It builds on the Web-awareness of version 5.5, and includes ImageReady 3.0 for advanced Web-production tasks. The application includes vector-shape support, and lets users add editable lines, rectangles, ellipses and polygons to images.

Photoshop 6.0 is more tightly integrated with Adobe ImageReady 3.0, and other Adobe applications. The number of usable layers has also been increased.

First reports indicate that the application is much cleaner and more powerful, with most agreeing that 6.0 is the most significant upgrade yet.

Adobe Photoshop 6.0 requires a PowerPC processor, Mac OS 8.5 or later, 64MB of RAM (with Virtual Memory on); and 125 MB of available hard-disk space. 128MB RAM is required to run Photoshop and ImageReady concurrently.

Costing £399 excluding VAT, Photoshop 6.0 is expected to ship in the third quarter of 2000. Customers can upgrade from version 5.5 for £125. The bundled GoLive 5.0 trial can be upgraded to the full version for just £65.