Instead of jumping ahead one full version number every 18 months as usual, Adobe surprised us this spring with Creative Suite 5.5, a mid-cycle upgrade that brings new features to applications snubbed in the last release. The company plans to continue this trend in the future with major updates (like CS6) coming every two years and “point five” releases in between. Users of earlier versions can also graduate slowly to CS5.5 if they so desire -- our older copy of CS4 Design Premium coexists nicely with the latest and greatest version -- but as usual, preferences don’t transfer from older versions.
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.