As a designer and developer I’m very excited to see the new Adobe Creative Suite 5. Today at 8am pst, Adobe will be announcing CS5. I’m hearing designers ask the typical question: Should I go ahead and buy the CS5 or wait and stick with CS4. Well… If you’re like me and want to keep up with the new tools of the trade you’ll want to buy CS5. Reasons why? Like any new edition there will be a lot of new goodies to use and work flow will be faster and easier. There are over 250 features, CS Live is a new edition which let’s you review, share and view your Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign or Adobe Premiere Pro work online and a brand new interactive Web design product.
There will be Flash Professional and Builder and a new product called Flash Catalyst it basically takes your images in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks and helps publish SWF files without writing ActionScript which is good for non-coder designers. – hmmm lazy non-coders.
For developers there is Adobe Device Central CS5 software which helps mobile subscribers and consumers with other extensive devices. Unfortunately, Apple has not allowed this wonderful program for their iPhones… Why Why Apple!!! I really wish Steve Jobs would get off his hi-horse and let iPhone users have the ability to view flash… Come on Mr. Jobs ‘Just do it!’
These are just a few of my new favorite new things Adobe is coming out with. Oh almost forgot the price… Well nothing is cheap but you get what you pay for and hopefully you use it wisely if you should decide to purchase the Master Collection. As a web designer and developer I may just go ahead and end up with the Web Premium and add on Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 since I want to get into videography it’s the way of the future, everything is going online.
Adobe CS5 comes in four editions plus a Master Collection that contains all the programs. All the editions ship with Illustrator, Bridge, and Device Central. Many integrate with Adobe’s CS Live online services.
- The Design Standard edition, targeted to print designers, includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat 9. It costs $1,299 with an upgrade price of $499.
- The Design Premium, targeted to print and online designers, comes with Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat 9 Pro, Flash Catalyst, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks. The Design Premium costs $1,899 with the upgrade price of $599.
- The Web Premium, targeted to Web designers, ships with almost the same configuration as the Design Premium, but swaps out InDesign in favor of Flash Builder 4 Standard, Flash Catalyst, and Contribute. The Web premium costs $1,799 with an upgrade price of $599.
- The Production Premium, targeted to videographers, features Premiere Pro, After Effects, Soundbooth, OnLocation, and Encore, in addition to Photoshop CS5 Extended, Illustrator, Flash Catalyst, and Flash Professional. The Production Premium costs $1,699, with an upgrade price of $599.
- The Master Collection includes all CS5 programs except Photoshop Standard. It costs $2,599, with an upgrade price of $899.
While Acrobat Pro 9 ships with CS5, it has not been upgraded for the suite release. It is available separately for $449 with upgrades at $159. InCopy CS5 does not ship with the suite either, but it too has been upgraded for use with InDesign CS5. A single InCopy license is $249 with an upgrade price of $89. The Web Standard edition has been discontinued.
Each creative suite app is also available separately: The standard version of Photoshop is $699, with an upgrade price of $199, while the Extended version is $999 with an upgrade price of $349; Illustrator is $599 with an upgrade price of $199; Flash Professional is $699 with an upgrade price of $199; Flash Builder 4 Standard is $249 with an upgrade price of $99; Flash Catalyst CS5 is $399; Dreamweaver is $399 with an upgrade price of $199; After Effects is $999 with an upgrade price of $299; Fireworks is $299 with an upgrade price of $149; Contribute is $199 with an upgrade price of $99 (five-user multi-pack is $799); InDesign is $699 with an upgrade price of $199; Premiere Pro is $799, with an upgrade price of $299; and Soundbooth is $199 with an upgrade price of $99.
Adobe Creative Suite 5 products are scheduled to ship within 30 days now I’m really stoked!
Happy Designing and Developing my little Otaku buddies!