updated 09:45 am EDT, Fri April 30, 2010
Places focus on 64-bit code, Flash
As promised earlier this month, Adobe has begun shipping Creative Suite 5, a major revision of the company's flagship software. Of special emphasis is the shift to 64-bit code; After Effects, Photoshop and Premiere Pro have made the transition. Also present are new versions of Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash and various supporting apps, all with major feature additions. Flash is the second highlight of the suite, gaining tools for cross-platform development.
Four different editions are being sold. Design Premium is $1,899 new, and includes components like Flash, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop Extended. Web Premium costs $1,799, and while adding components like Contribute and Flash Builder 4, drops InDesign. Production Premium is $1,699, and oriented towards video, including mainly After Effects, Flash, Premiere, Photoshop and supporting components like Soundbooth. The Master Collection includes every new piece of software and is $2,599.
Upgrades from earlier versions of the collections are generally $599, with the exception of the Master Collection, which is an $899 update. Apps can be bought individually, but are cheaper within the context of a suite.