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Adobe Launches Creative Suite 5

April 12, 2010
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Adobe Systems has announced its latest iteration of the Creative Suite series of design and production software. Adobe CS5 will be shipped within 30 days.

“While Creative Suite 5 continues Adobe’s storied history of delivering astonishing new creative features, this release first and foremost addresses the challenges facing publishers and creatives worldwide—how to build profitable businesses around digital content,” said Shantanu Narayen, President and Chief Executive Officer at Adobe. “By coupling sophisticated online business analytics with dazzling creative tools, we’re ensuring that publishers, designers and marketers can create, deliver and optimize beautiful, high-impact digital experiences across media and devices.”

The core focus of the release is online publishing and publishing to mobile platforms, including tools which take advantage of Adobe's latest acquisition of Omniture to track information generated by website activities. Another new product aimed at online publishing is Adobe Flash Catalyst, which aims to provide a set of tools to translate print documents into interactive online sites, all without requiring the designer to program code.

Other applications within the suite have all received updates, which according to Adobe, add up to 250 new features. Programs such as Premiere and After Effects, now require a 64-bit environment to operate. Photoshop CS5 is also 64-bit native (but will work on older 32-bit systems), giving the software much more performance when processing the larger files prevalent in today's design environment.

Absent in Creative Suite 5 are updates to Acrobat, which is included in all editions saved for the Production Premium package, but remains at version 9.

Pricing for Creative Suite 5 is US$2599 for Master Collection CS5, US$1899 for CS5 Design Premium, US$1799 for CS5 Web Premium, US$1699 for CS5 Production Premium and US$1299 for CS5 Design Standard. The upgrade price for CS5 Design Premium will be US$599 and US$899 for the Master Collection.

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