Adobe has unveiled the Creative Suite 3 product suite, touting the new releases as the biggest single launch in its history. The software also features combined Macromedia technology for the first time. Adobe acquired Macromedia in 2005. The Creative Suite 3 line-up is comprised of six product versions: Design Standard and Design Premium editions; Web Standard and Web Premium editions; Production Premium; and the Creative Suite 3 Master Collection, which incorporates all of Adobe's latest design and development applications.
The Design Standard and Design Premium editions include full new versions of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional and Adobe Bridge CS3 that also offers access to Adobe Version Cue CS3, Adobe Stock Photos, Adobe Device Central and Adobe Acrobat Connect. The Design Premium edition also features Adobe Flash CS3 Professional and Dreamweaver. It will retail for $3100.
According to the vendor, user benefits include more efficient and intelligent design and layout, more automated control of Adobe PDF fi les and streamlined collaboration and coordination thanks to its built-in access to Acrobat Connect. The latter Web conferencing tool allows users to conduct live reviews of creative concepts.
The Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Standard and Web Premium editions offer new versions of Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Contribute and Adobe Device Central, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Stock Photos and Adobe Version Cue. Added features available in the Premium edition are Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional and Adobe Photoshop Extended. The premium edition will cost $2750. All Design and Web editions will be available in April.
The Production Premium edition is the successor to Adobe's Production Studio and includes new versions of Adobe After Effects Professional, Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe Photoshop Extended, Adobe Flash Professional, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Soundbooth, Adobe Encore, Adobe OnLocation, Adobe Ultra, Adobe Device Central and Adobe Bridge. It also has exclusive features such as Adobe Dynamic Link and Capture in After Effects, and will retail for $2750.
The all-in-one Creative Suite 3 Master Collection will retail for $4300 and is expected to be available in Q3.
Adobe group product manager, Will Eisley, said itsgoal was to help people communicate better.
"It provides amazing opportunities for designers. We are offering a full set of solutions to help them achieve their goals," he said. "This is the evolution of publishing."