updated 11:15 pm EST, Wed November 8, 2006
Creative Suite 2.3 ships
Adobe has begun shipping Creative Suite 2.3, an enhanced version of the professional application suite that now includes Dreamweaver 8 (acquired from Macromedia) and Acrobat Professional 8, the new Universal version of its PDF application for creating PDFs and managing communication that began shipping earlier this month. Acrobat 8 offers a refined interface to allows user to easily access various features, including combining, signing and protecting PDF files, interacting with PDF forms, reviewing and collaborating on documents as well as integration of Acrobat Connect software (formerly Macromedia Breeze), a hosted software service for realtime Web conferencing and collaboration.
Announced in September, Creative Suite 2.3 offers tighter integration between Adobe Acrobat 8, the only Universal component of the suite, and other applications in the suite. The full version is $1200, while upgrades are $160 for CS2 Premium users and $550 for CS1 users.
Adobe's Creative Suite 3, which will offer Universal versions of all applications and other new features, is expected to arrive in the first half of 2007 and will drive Mac sales, according to a new report.