Adobe CS5 Takes Center Stage
Just when you’ve saved up enough to finally get your hands on that discounted copy of CS4, Adobe announces the latest in their award-winning line of design software. Today is the day folks. Adobe has unveiled the full details of their new Creative Suite 5 release and, as always, we have the full scoop for you right here on the blog. Creative Suite 5 (or CS5 for short), has various pricing points, upgrade paths and new sales polices designed to serve as incentive for new and old customers alike to jump on-board. Quick disclaimer, I am an avid user of Illustrator and Photoshop, so this is great news to me. I’ll try to keep my Adobe fanboy-ism in check.
CS5 includes new versions of Creative Suite standards Web Premium, Production Premium, Design Premium, Design Standard. While these software programs can be purchased separately, CS5 is a Master Collection, containing all four available.
While Web Standard has been discontinued in an effort to streamline and simplify the CS5 product line, the CS4 version will still be available for online orders until CS4 shipments are ceased.
The CS5 launch also includes brand spanking new versions of Photoshop (Yay!), Photoshop Extended (Double Yay!), Illustrator (Triple Yay for the Win!), InDesign, Acrobat 9 Pro, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Contribute, Premier Pro, Soundbooth, After Effects, OnLocation, Encore, Bridge, Device Central, and Adobe Dynamic Link. The press release states that as an added bonus:
“All editions of CS5 integrate with new Adobe CS Live online services, including Adobe BrowswerLab, Adobe CS Review, Acrobat.com, Adobe Story AND SiteCatalyst NetAverages.“
Two new products have also been added into the mix: Flash Catalyst CS5 and Flash Builder 4 Standard Edition. According to Adobe, these will:
“[E]nable designers to produce interactive content without coding, video pros to incorporate flash video into interactive content, and web pros to produce compelling front ends to Rich Internet Applications developed in Flash Builder.” Flash Builder 4 will offer “professional development tools for data-driven Rich Internet Application development.”
In terms of pricing, their will be tiered upgrades for suites. Existing users will be allowed to upgrade as far back as three versions ago. An upgrade from say Design Standard CS4 to Design Premium CS5 will cost $599. The same programs from CS3 to CS5 will run $799. You can also upgrade from one Suite to another, without restriction. For example we have the ability to move from CS4 Web Premium to CS5 Production Premium.
Very cool indeed.
Adobe is also making it easy to step down from say Photoshop Extended to Photoshop.
For full pricing and upgrade path descriptions on each product, check out the Adobe site for complete options. All of the new info, released today is now live on their site, including separate
education pricing offers.
Finally, CS5 introduces a new offering called CS Live Online Services. This service will contain Acrobat.com, CS Review, Adobe Browser Lab, Adobe Story, and SiteCatalyst NetAverages (serving up the latest internet trends). All of these integrate with and augment the CS5 product experience. It is a subscription based service. A 30-day trial will be available with most trial versions of CS5 software. Other subscription offers will be available at the main Adobe website.
So what do you guys think? Too soon for an upgrade or right on time and up your creative alley? Let’s throw it around in the comments section below.
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