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Adobe Announces Creative Suite 5.5

David Gilbert


Adobe Announces Creative Suite 5.5

Adobe has announced that it will be changing its product release strategy bringing out milestone Creative Suite (CS) releases every 24 months with mid-cycle releases in between - starting with CS5.5.

Adobe's CS5.5 product line focuses for the first time on smartphones and tablets as these form factors continue to dominate the technology market place. There have also been substantive advances to HTML5, Flash authoring, digital publishing and video tools as well as new capabilities to integrate tablets into creative workflows. The new Adobe Photoshop Touch SDK enables developers to build tablet applications that interact with Photoshop from Android, BlackBerry PlayBook and iOS devices. Adobe also announced three new iPad applications that demonstrate "the creative possibilities of using tablets to drive common Photoshop workflows" - Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop, Adobe Eazel for Photoshop and Adobe Nav for Photoshop.

The CS5.5 Web Premium Suite includes a lot of innovations in both HTML5 and Flash authoring tools allowing users to easily create and publish their own smartphone and tablet apps. Having seen a demonstration of this in action, it is a very straightforward system, which even allows you to check how your app will look and act prior to publishing. Adobe has also launched Flash Builder 4.5 Premium (available in CS5.5 Web Premium) and the Flex 4.5 framework, which will allow developers to "easily develop and deploy mobile applications to more than 200 million smartphones and tablets by the end of 2011." Adobe are currently trialling a Flash-To-HTML5 converter and it also spoke about the future of this battle, with a spokesperson for Adobe saying that it was about choice. Commenting on Adobe's apparent larger focus on HTML5 this time round, he said: "Certainly Flash is not dead."

In an interesting move, Adobe has also announced a subscription model for customers who want to get the latest version of the products when they become available."New Subscription Editions ensure customers are always working with the most up-to-date versions of the software, without the upfront cost of full pricing." With the new subscription pricing, customers can get Adobe Photoshop from £47.09-a-month, Design Premium CS5.5 for £130.68-a-month or CS 5.5 Master Collection for £210.54 per month. When the subscription is up, customers get five days grace before the software goes belly-up.

If however you want to pay out the full price for the new version, pricing is as follows: CS5.5 Master Collection - £2,763.60; CS5.5 Design Premium - £1,810.80; CS5.5 Web Premium - £1,714.80; CS5.5 Production Premium - £1,810.80 and for CS5.5 Design Standard - £1,238.40. Adobe promises shipping within 30 days and there is currently free shipping until July 31.

Source: Adobe


April 11, 2011, 4:19 pm

So do current 5.0 customers get a free upgrade for this point release?

Also I think you mean Adobe will ship in 30 days not 30 months

Brian ONeill

April 11, 2011, 4:20 pm

£210.54 per month, Two and a half grand a year?



April 11, 2011, 5:07 pm

"Adobe promises shipping within 30 months..."

That's a very relaxed attitude to fulfillment. Still, when you have no serious competition in your sector... explains their pricing too.



April 11, 2011, 8:44 pm

way way tooooo expensive - Rather use any of the alternative even if they are a few years behind!


April 11, 2011, 10:29 pm

You can see why Adobe may be fighting a losing battle with Flash since there application is practically the only one out there which allows proper authoring of Flash content (and I don't count the menu builders, video makers, etc) but it costs £2** a month! Ah well, good riddance- I'm sick of flashing adverts (Trusted Reviews included- I don't need the TR logo flashing away in ads whilst I'm writing a comment- nor an injury lawyer advert!) and it's battery impact- and I welcome an open standard that anyone can work with (even if Adobe do offer a snazzier tool to work with!)


April 12, 2011, 12:38 am

The price is justified. That's half a day's pay for most creative professionals.

You need to understand; using the Master Collection - you could collaboratively write a screenplay in Story; create a storyboard; do the pre-vis; the filming; the editing; the post-production; website design; marketing material; stills; publish and design the DVD cover; the artwork, content and book of 'the making of'; do the directors cut; design the DVD on-screen Menu's; send documents to printing houses in 32-bit color for distribution...you could then import/export any artwork via flash for computer game menus using scaleform - if you are connected to a piece of IP that has a video-game tie-in...you could even design some cue-cards for when you do any interviews and presentations at the colleges...

And now you can click a button and get something converted from Flash into HTML5, if needed.


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