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Adobe Strikes Again

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Category: Software Published on Monday, 02 March 2009

Adobe Strikes Again

CS3 Upgrades More than Mere Facelifts

Michael L. Berman's Blog
www.scrippsnews.com
Aug. 15
, 2007

When the folks at Adobe announce an upgrade, people listen!

It seems every time they decide to upgrade their products, they give them more than just a casual facelift, often adding tons of new tools and making them more powerful than their predecessors. Such is the case with all of the products that make up the new Creative Suite 3 Design Premium ($1,799) and Creative Suite 3 Web Premium ($1,599) packages.

The Design Premium package contains everything you need to create, design and publish to print or to the Web, including: Adobe® InDesign® CS3 for page layout, Photoshop® CS3 Extended for specialized image editing, Illustrator® CS3 for vector graphics creation, Flash® CS3 Professional for interactive design, Dreamweaver® CS3 for web design and development, and Acrobat® 8 Professional for Adobe PDF workflows. The Web Premium package, which is more geared to online and Web site publishers, includes Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 Extended, Illustrator® CS3, Flash® CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver® CS3, Fireworks® CS3, Adobe Version Cue® CS3, Adobe Bridge CS3, Adobe Stock Photos and Adobe Device Central CS3.

Obviously, if you don't need InDesign, and you still want a package where PhotoShop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver work seamlessly together, the Web Design suite would be the logical choice. And it would still be less expensive than purchasing all of the products separately.

Of course, whenever Adobe redesigns their software, it means a severe increase in the learning curve. There are so many new tools and gadgets included in the new versions of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator that you'll need to relearn the programs to take advantage of them. This doesn't mean you can't go along and do things the OLD way, but why do that, right?

The changes in Dreamweaver seem to be less significant, with very few changes cosmeticaly or functionally. The biggest change, I guess, would be making the program's Web page templates easier to use.

Of course you can still purchase stand-alone copies of any of these programs, but if you need to upgrade two or three of them, the suites are the way to go.

For a list of all of the new features, go to www.adobe.com.

 

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