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Adobe announces Creative Suite 3

updated 12:30 am EDT, Tue March 27, 2007

Adobe CS3 due in April

Adobe today announced the much-anticipated release of its Creative Suite 3 product line. As the largest release in Adobe's history, the rollout features six all-new configurations of Adobe Creative Suite 3- Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Design Standard editions; Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Web Standard editions; and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium. Finally, the company also announced Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection, which combines all of Adobe's new design and development applications in a single box. Adobe Creative Suite 3 offers design and development tools for virtually every creative workflow and combines the Adobe and Macromedia product lines to offer tools for print, web, mobile, interactive, film, and video production. Photoshop CS3, InDesign CS3, Illustrator CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, and Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 will all be all Universal Binary applications for native performance on PowerPC and Intel-based Macs; they are scheduled to ship in April.

"Creative Suite 3 is the biggest launch in Adobe's 25 year history and a milestone for the creative industry," said Bruce Chizen, chief executive officer at Adobe. "This release reflects the powerful integration between Adobe and Macromedia and how our products bridge the gap between designers and developers. With new workflows that streamline collaboration and impact the development of rich content, designers and developers now have the creative license to engage audiences across virtually every medium."

Customers can choose from six all-new suites or full version upgrades of 13 stand-alone applications, including Photoshop CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, InDesign CS3, Illustrator CS3, Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, and After Effects CS3.

Each edition of Adobe Creative Suite 3 integrates different configurations of Adobe's creative products to serve a breadth of design needs:

  • Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium offers tools for print, web, interactive and mobile design; it includes InDesign CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, and Acrobat 8 Professional.

  • Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Standard focuses on professional print design and production; it includes InDesign CS3, Photoshop CS3, Illustrator CS3, and Acrobat 8 Professional.

  • Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium combines the leading web design and development tools. It includes Dreamweaver CS3, Flash CS3 Professional, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Fireworks CS3, Illustrator CS3, Acrobat 8 Professional.

  • Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Standard serves the professional web developer; it includes Dreamweaver CS3, Flash CS3 Professional, Fireworks CS3, and Contribute CS3.

  • Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium is a complete post-production solution for video professionals; it includes After Effects CS3 Professional, Premiere Pro CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Flash CS3 Professional, Illustrator CS3, Soundbooth CS3, and Encore CS3 (some are Windows only).

  • Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection combines 12 new creative applications in one box, enabling customers to design across all media--print, web, interactive, mobile, video and film.

In addition, a new common suite component, Adobe Device Central is designed to boost productivity while developing content for mobile handsets. Other shared features across the product line included an updated version of Adobe Bridge CS3, the hub of Adobe Creative Suite, providing instant access to Version Cue CS3, Acrobat Connect, and an expanded Adobe Stock Photos service.

To celebrate the unveiling of Adobe Creative Suite 3, Adobe will host a launch event in New York City that will be webcast live on March 27 at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium ($1,799) and Standard ($1,199), and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium ($1,599) and Standard ($999) will begin shipping in April 2007, while Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium ($1,699) and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection ($2,499) for Mac OS X (Intel-only) will begin shipping worldwide in the third quarter of 2007.

by MacNN Staff



  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Got Mine-No Complaints

    You can already pre-order at's store... I ordered the two "standard" suites. I know people are complaining, but this is 8 apps (in my case, upgrades) for essentially $99 per app/upgrade.


    Joined: Dec 1969


    Great stuff

    Its about time. I think this will help alot of people move to the Mac now. We sell Macs on ebay under the user name artfires and my biggest complaint is i want to wait to switch because i want to wait till adobe comes out with cs3 so it will run faster. I am excited that a new set is coming out and is universal. Photoshop is so slow on my macbook pro 2ghz.

  1. test22

    Joined: Dec 1969


    great stuff


  1. TheBum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    intel-native elements

    Now we just need an Intel-native version of Photoshop Elements for those of us who don't need the power of full-blown Photoshop CS3.

  1. cooner

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No upgrade paths ...

    I'm sort of annoyed that they don't seem to provide an upgrade path for users of individual apps to get into the Creative Suite ... I've owned various versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, GoLive, and Flash for years before Adobe started the Creative Suite ... but Adobe's little "select an upgrade" program on their site returned that no upgrade for Creative Suite was available to me.

    Sure, I'd love the convenience of getting into the whole suite of apps, but apparently they want you to buy into the whole package at least once without any regard for being an earlier customer ... as with CS2, it appears it's going to be hella cheaper for me to upgrade the individual apps one-by-one. (Oh well. At least I can space out the upgrades by a few months to spread out the cost ...)

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    upgrade caution...

    ...make sure you choose your pre-order upgrade path carefully. i picked the wrong pathway and they are incapable of cancelling the order, even tho the product is still weeks away from shipping. srsly, they have no capacity to cancel an order and you have to accept it, fill out forms, physically return it, and re-order.

    their customer service is offshore and horrific. so make sure you choose carefully. don't do the CS2.3 pathway unless you bought that weird last-minute CS2.3 version, that had Acrobat 8 universal.

  1. johnreptues

    Joined: Dec 1969


    apple tv

    There are better solutions that cost less at CES...Can you say Slingcatcher??? Plus i`m more excited about the Dell with built-in hi-def cable card :) I have found that, even with this great Apple TV we still need a video converter (things like Apple TV Converter) in case to put our favourite movies onto Apple TV before playing them on TV Screen.

    Best apple tv converter

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hay johnny...

    what story did you freakin read? this is not an AppleTV article, genius.

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    1 GB of RAM!

    Did anyone notice the system requirements - 1 GB of RAM. Is this per application? I can afford the upgrade price for the web suite but not if I have to buy a new computer. And I just bought a new Mac a year and a half ago. Are they going 64-bit only next version? The last version only took 256 MB of RAM. And notice for Intel you need a dual core, so basically you can't use a Mac Mini unless you spent as much upgrading it as you would total on an iMac.

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