Adobe Announces Creative Suite 3

Adobe Announces Creative Suite 3

As expected, Adobe today announced the full Creative Suite 3 product line, a "revolutionary offering of tightly integrated, industry-leading design and development tools for virtually every creative workflow." The announcment covered 13 individual apps and six "shared features, applications, and services." Two additional - and far from critical - shared items are available for Windows only.

 

For more information on each of the apps in CS3, check out the following links:

 

InDesign CS3: $699, $199 upgrade

Photoshop CS3: $649, $199 upgrade

Photoshop CS3 Extended: $999, $349 upgrade

Illustrator CS3: $599, $199 upgrade

Acrobat 8 Professional: $449, $159 upgrade

Flash CS3 Professional: $699, $199 upgrade

Dreamweaver CS3: $399, $199 upgrade

Fireworks CS3: $299, $149 upgrade

Contribute CS3: $149, $79 upgrade

After Effects CS3 Professional: $999, $299 upgrade

Premier Pro CS3: $799, $299 upgrade

Soundbooth CS3: $199

Encore CS3: bundled with Premier Pro CS3

 

For more information on the Mac-compatible "shared features, applications and services," check out these links:

 

Adobe Bridge CS3

Version Cue CS3

Device Central CS3

Stock Photos

Acrobat Connect

Dynamic Link

 

These apps and services will grouped into six different bundles:

 

Design Standard (InDesign CS3, Photoshop CS3, Illustrator CS3, and Acrobat 8 Professional): $1,199, $240 upgrade

Design Premium (InDesign CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, Acrobat 8 Professional, Flash CS3 Professional, and Dreamweaver CS3): $1,799, $440 upgrade

Web Standard (Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, Fireworks CS3, and Contribute CS3): $999, $399 upgrade

Web Premium (Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, Fireworks CS3, Contribute CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, and Acrobat 8 Professional): $1,599, $340 upgrade

Production Premium - and no, there's no Production Standard (Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, Flash CS3 Professional, After Effects CS3 Professional, Premier Pro CS3, Soundbooth CS3, and Encore CS3) $1,699, $799 upgrade 

 

Finally, there's also the Master Collection, which includes the whole enchilada (with Photoshop CS3 Extended, not the less-capable Photoshop CS3).

 

Adobe says that the Design and Web bundles will begin shipping later this month; the Production Premium and and Master Collection will appear in the third quarter of this year. 

 

This is a lot to wrap one's head around, to be sure - but if you only have time to check out one item, we suggest reading up on Device Central, which, according to Adobe, is "designed to radically boost the efficiency and productivity of creative professionals who develop dynamic and engaging interfaces, mobile assets, applications and video content for mobile phones and hand-held consumer electronic devices." A lofty goal, indeed.

 

Oh, and you should also, of course, take a look at our own in-depth preview of Photoshop CS3.

 

Adobe is hosting a webcast today at 3:30 EST to discuss these announcements - tune in later this afternoon here on MacLife.com to find out any breaking news.

 

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