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Adobe CS5 to include 64-bit Photoshop, Flash focus

updated 11:05 am EST, Tue February 16, 2010

Company trying to preserve Flash development

Some major changes are planned for the Mac version of Adobe's Creative Suite 5, say sources claimed to be familiar with the pre-release software. Of these the most important may be in Photoshop CS5, which will finally make the switch to 64-bit code. The technology had been planned to go into CS4, and indeed Windows users have been operating in 64-bit mode for some time. The earlier Mac code was rooted in 32-bit Carbon architecture however, requiring an overhaul for the more modern Cocoa standard.

The switch should matter most to professional photographers and graphic artists, who may have to deal with extremely large images that push the 4GB limit of 32-bit code. Some interface changes have also been introduced however, namely in terms of 3D features, and tools which make it easier to paint an object or remove it from a scene. These include a "content-aware" spot healing brush.

The suite as a whole should add review functions for people without CS5, and "mini-Bridge" windows for browsing and inspecting files. Flash and Dreamweaver are slated to get code hinting to aid with working in ActionScript, and as previously announced, Flash development tools will let people produce native iPhone apps borrowing elements from Flash content. InDesign should also emphasize Flash, allowing video and animation to be added to documents. Supporting this will be the ability to save for the web, effectively providing another path to web design.

CS5 for the Mac should ship sometime this spring.

by MacNN Staff



  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    InDesign + Flash?

    Quark + Web/Multimedia tools = bloated junk
    InDesign + Flash = bloated junk

    If this is true, it's really sad. It was one of the main reasons why I liked Adobe's approach with InDesign - keeping it simply the best print layout tool. It seems as if Adobe wants to keep Flash relevant by cramming it down our throats rather than adjusting and making it compelling. All technologies come and go, some fall into niches, and it seems it's time for Flash to do the same.

  1. Super Glitcher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: InDesign + Flash?

    Just because a program is feature rich doesn't make it bloated or junk. Quark was junk before it got web tools, and I don't believe any of the print-side controls of IND will be hampered. Keep in mind IND has had video functionality for some years now. At the very least, this will allow people who have been creating multimedia-rich PDFs to do so with much lighter file sizes. The reality is that you'll have additional palettes you can use for the new functionality, on demand, and completely out of your way if you don't need it.

    Given how regressive web-layout is, I welcome new options. However, I personally would prefer a major update to Dreamweaver with the addition of InDesign layout functionality, and the ability to, for the most part, completely disregard CSS.

    Adobe has no more need to cram Flash down our throats than PDF. Flash is already compelling and relevant, and it has been since before Adobe had anything to do with it.

    In the end no one wants to see IND go down hill, I feel you one that. In this case however, I think there's more to be optimistic about than fearful. In any event, it's certainly too early to be making conclusions one way or the other.

  1. Mr. Fartleberry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flash is Trash

    Just give me an easy way to straighten a photo I don't need a Kelby book for. Everyone else can do it.

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969


    About time, Adobe!!

    Wow, Adobe FINALLY comes into the Cocoa age? Bout frickin time you frickin lazy f****..

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