As promised, Adobe starting shipping its Creative Suite 5.5 updates on May 3, bringing big features to some of the applications mostly left untouched with last year’s CS5. After Effects CS5.5 is among them, with a performance boost in the latest edition of this popular cinematic visual effects and sophisticated motion graphics software.
After Adobe ditched GoLive as their primary web development software in 2008, Dreamweaver has settled nicely into the rest of the Creative Suite. With CS5.5, Adobe brings the industry-leading web authoring and editing software another leap forward with enhanced support for CSS3, HTML5 and much more.
If there’s one component of Adobe’s Creative Suite more than any other that’s become a vital tool for designers, it’s probably Flash Professional. Despite the controversy surrounding the platform’s use on Apple’s iOS devices, Flash has come a long way from simply being used to create animated banners for websites.
Aldus PageMaker virtually overnight cemented the Mac as “the” platform for desktop publishing in 1985, a tradition that continued in 2004 when the mantle was passed to Adobe InDesign. A lot has changed since then, and with the latest CS5.5 update, InDesign is no longer just for laying out print publications.
Announced for preorder last month, Adobe has started shipping their latest Creative Suite 5.5 software, including packaged, download and subscription options. The company has also taken the wraps off their new turnkey solution, Digital Publishing Suite, for publishing content to the iPad and other tablets.
Early last year, Steve Jobs released his infamous Thoughts on Flash open letter to the world, starting an ensuing slap-fight between Apple and Adobe that still runs hot and cold to this very day. As part of the dust-up, Apple disallowed the use of Flash as a tool for iOS development, and in the process, removed much of the value from Adobe's Flash Packager software--a program geared very much towards the development of Flash-based smartphone applications. A few months later, Apple reversed their verdict on Flash-free development, thereby welcoming Adobe's Flash Packager and the developers who loved it back into the fold. With this being the case, it should come as a surprise to no one that Adobe plans to include support for the iPad development in the next iteration of the software.