UPDATE: Adobe has officially made the latest version if its Creative Suite package available, starting today May 3rd, 2011.
The mid-cycle update of Creative Suite will have new features supporting the latest developments in mobile and online development, however, contains little new content for print-based users. The company is also introducing a new subscription plan for customers who have project-based needs or want to try the software with a relatively low cost for entry.
“Creative Suite 5.5 will drive the development of new digital experiences across devices, including all major smartphones and tablets,” said Shantanu Narayen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Adobe. “As publishers, media companies, advertisers and enterprises transform the way they develop and distribute their content, Adobe will be there to support them with technology innovations in content creation, management, measurement and distribution.”
The new subscription plan allows users to gain access to the latest version of Adobe’s Creative Suite software for a monthly fee. For example, Adobe Photoshop can be had for as little as US$35 a month while the Creative Suite Master Collection will cost US$129 a month.
A core focus for this release is development of Mobile Apps, especially for the growing tablet computing market, a market which will grow to 200-million devices by the end of 2011, according to Adobe. Other improvements include new digital publishing features for InDesign where designers can add interactivity to their page layouts targeted to tablet devices. Documents can include video, audio, panoramic views, 360-degree object rotation, pan and zoom of images, integration of HTML and HTML5 content and other interactive overlays.
Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 products are scheduled to ship within 30 days. Estimated street price for the suites is expected to be US$2599 for CS5.5 Master Collection, US$1899 for CS5.5 Design Premium, US$1799 for CS5.5 Web Premium, US$1699 for CS5.5 Production Premium and US$1299 for CS5.5 Design Standard. Upgrade pricing and volume licensing are available.