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Adobe Confirms CS5 Launch Date

Gordon Kelly


Adobe Confirms CS5 Launch Date

A fan of InDesign? Photoshop? Illustrator? Dreamweaver? Fireworks? Premiere? Encore? *deep breath* Contribute? Soundbooth? Bridge? OnLocation? Acrobat Pro? Then listen up...

After months of speculation, Adobe has stepped forward and nailed down the formal release date for the long awaited Creative Suite 5 (CS5). 12 April is the date you'll be able to purchase/upgrade to the new edition and get tinkering.

Unfortunately Adobe has us tied up tighter than your average bondage fetishist so we can't give you details about the suite configurations, pricing, product specifics or even new features until launch day. This is something of a shame since I generally find it helpful when a company gives potential customers an idea about what it is they are being asked to purchase.

That said, I've had a play with CS5 and - in general/non-embargo breaking terms - I can say it is a significant upgrade and has a focus on making commands more intuitive and cutting down the number of steps to perform numerous actions.

Major aficionados can sign up to the CS5 'Adobe TV' launch on 12 April to follow the unveiling live (link below). Until then *struggles with ropes* nope, they're not shifting...

Update: While Adobe has us tight lipped it seems the company is happy to divulge CS5 secrets itself, so here is possibly my favourite feature of the new suite posted in an official video on YouTube...


Adobe Creative Suite 5


March 24, 2010, 7:45 pm

Any word on whether this will support non-Wacom tablets, e.g. those made by N-Trig_


March 24, 2010, 7:54 pm

Unfortunately I only know Wacom support for sure.


March 24, 2010, 7:57 pm

I've heard they have functionality in CS5 that means you can turn flash docs into iPhone apps, turning the actionscripting into OS X mobile's native code. Hope they've kept this in!

Ala Miah

March 24, 2010, 9:02 pm

That content aware feature is amazing.


March 24, 2010, 9:08 pm

@Ala - it really is!

Brian ONeill

March 24, 2010, 9:42 pm

I wonder what crazy pricing we are in for? With cs4 costing up to £2500 a copy adobe really need to sort out their pricing.

They need some kind of scheme for freelancers, eg pay a monthly fee to access the software, a bit like the various microsoft programs like:


Their sky high prices force a lot of users down the crack route. Sure some people will never pay for software, but a lot of users will pay if they can get it at a resonable price.


March 24, 2010, 10:11 pm

It's like Kryten's Un-Crop tool from the new Red Dwarf!



March 24, 2010, 11:34 pm

There'll be tons of people who'll upgrade for that content-aware fill all by itself - that is pretty amazing.


March 25, 2010, 1:25 am

I second Brian's comment. The prices for these applications are always insane. Sure they may not seem unreasonable to successful professionals, but how about semi-professionals? And how about amateurs? Take Photoshop - the "advanced amateur" doesn't need all the bleeding-edge professional tools, but many will find Elements far too dumbed-down... a choice of spending £60 or £600 with nothing in-between is ridiculous.

Why not simply offer a version of full Photoshop - perhaps one based on the previous version - with a few of the strictly professional features removed? This would not be particularly difficult to achieve, and sure they might lose a few sales of the latest CS, but I'd be willing to bet they'd gain a lot more - from some of those who have turned to illegal copies, and those who settle for Elements but would happily pay a bit more rather than 10 times the price. I imagine the situation is similar with several other CS applications.


March 25, 2010, 8:17 pm


I think the money they make from forcing professional's hands is more than the money they lose from piracy.


March 25, 2010, 11:12 pm

Hey guys. I'm a final year University student and was thinking of buying CS4, I think I could get it for around £250 which is not bad considering it's retail price.

As I'm in my final two months of uni (actually am on exam-leave at the moment!) I was wondering if I would be able to get CS5 for a discounted price when it launches?? My cousin has photoshop and I really like it so I want to use the discount available to me. So does anybody know if on launch, or sometime in April-May, I would be able to buy CS5 with a student discount, or do I need to settle for CS4?

Thanks for the help.


March 26, 2010, 12:56 am

For what it's worth, the Resynthesizer plugin for the GIMP (both free software) has offered similar performance for several years. http://www.logarithmic.net/...

People have recreated all the demo images using Resynthesizer. After having played around with the plugin for all of 15 minutes yesterday, I removed the road from the desert image, even though it took three steps instead of just one.


March 26, 2010, 1:24 am

Ryan: Possibly; there certainly are a lot of professionals who have no choice but to buy the full product legitimately. But on the other hand, visit any photography forum and you'll see a heck of a lot of people chastised for mentioning their pirate copies (and these are only the ones daft enough to advertise the fact).

I honestly don't know though - I imagine it's quite hard to get accurate figures (using proper research, as opposed to the dubious methods of the film and record industry with their claims of losing a quadrillion pounds a minute).

Brian ONeill

March 26, 2010, 4:12 pm


Technically the student license only covers you as a student, once you graduate you can not use it for commercial work.


March 26, 2010, 8:06 pm


Thanks for the reply. So if I bought CS4 or 5 the license would end June 2010 as that is when I graduate? I want to use Photoshop for home-use, does that make a difference? Sorry, I didn't know there was such a restriction for students.


March 26, 2010, 10:21 pm

Rahul: You can continue to use it after you graduate, but for personal use - not commercial work as Brian said.


March 27, 2010, 1:29 am


Yeah, I just want to use it for personal home-use not commercial use. Thanks for the response.

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