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Adobe ships Creative Suite 5 collections, solo apps

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    64 bit

    this is why adobe is getting silly. wait and ship cs5 when all the apps support 64 bit. who wants to buy a half assed master collection? not me.

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    64 bit vs. Cocoa

    I've been scouring the net to find info on whether Adobe has recoded any of the apps in Cocoa. Jobs mentioned it in his Thoughts on Flash bit... But I haven't found any conclusive statement that says, yes, InDesign is now fully coded in Cocoa. Anyone the wiser?

  1. andrew_l

    Joined: Dec 1969


    CS3 to CS5 upgrade rip-off (799, not 599)

    In previous upgrade options, Adobe would upgrade the previous two versions of a CS suite for $599. Now they have new pricing, while CS4 is $599 for the upgrade, CS3 is NOW $799. This is a complete rip-off, especially in the light of the fact that for Mac users, CS4 was REALLY NO UPGRADE over CS3. CS4 came out way too soon after CS3, and didn't have significant upgrades (64bit was for Windows only).

    Adobe, can you restore the sane upgrade pricing for $599 for CS3 users? There are many of us out there who have been upgrading (myself since Photoshop 2.5 everyone version or two). Have a good look at why a lot of Mac users didn't upgrade to CS4, and ask yourself: do you really want to upset your long term customers?

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    InDesign Plug-in's don't work

    InDesign is pretty much useless without font management. I haven't seen any news on when Suitcase Fusion 2 will be updated. And yes, it doesn't work with CS5. You will get a dialog box informing you that it is not a valid plug-in.

    Teacup Software's TypeFitter Pro does also not work.

  1. GuitarPlayer58

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Purchase again from Adobe? Not a chance.

    As a registered user of CS3 (purchased for significant bucks considerably less than two years before the release of CS4), and having been shafted firmly by Adobe in terms of ongoing development, Snow Leopard etc., I'm taking the position that I'll NEVER purchase another Adobe product. The price increase andrew mentions above is more of the same from one of the most arrogant corporate citizens I've ever dealt with -- and don't even get me started on their customer service policies and track record.

    Let's be honest: if their software were on a par with their level of service and their lack of regard for registered users, they'd have gone broke long ago. As it is, they've already upset plenty of their long-term users. If they keep doing what they're doing, their arrogance will ultimately prove to be their undoing. Thankfully, I don't have to use CS3 professionally any more -- and as a hobbyist, I can be contact with non-Adobe alternatives.

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Adobe Inconsistency at it again...

    Been playing with the trial versions. You know, the product managers at Adobe don't communicate with each other to bring consistency to the suite.

    For example, when using document tabs in InDesign and Dreamweaver, the little "x" to close tabs are in different places. Left for InDesign (which is different from CS4) and on the right for Dreamweaver.

    Really Adobe? Is this the world class application-type design you'd like to put forth onto the world? These two apps might as well have been from two different companies.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Adobe Inconsistency at it again...

    Those two apps ARE from different companies.

    InDesign was a rewrite of Adobe Pagemaker, which was a rebranded version of Aldus Pagemaker.

    Dreamweaver was an application that Adobe acquired through their purchase of Macromedia.

    So yeah, they've actually got a "creative suite" that consists of several different applications made by no less than three different companies (originally).

    * InDesign - Adobe's own, after rewriting PageMaker, originally by Aldus. At one point PageMaker and InDesign co-existed.
    * Photoshop - Adobe's own.
    * Illustrator - Adobe's own (although it was used to "kill" Freehand -- a competing vector illustration program from Macromedia)
    * Dreamweaver - repackaged Macromedia software (replacing Adobe's own GoLive).
    * Fireworks - repackaged Macromedia software
    * Flash - repackaged Macromedia software (yep, even Flash wasn't originally written by Adobe!)

    The rest of the programs I either don't use (Soundbooth or whatever, etc.), or are more ancillary programs meant to tightly integrate with the above list.

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