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Adobe Unleashes Creative Suite 4

Gordon Kelly


Adobe Unleashes Creative Suite 4

It's time for people who know far more about photography and graphic design than me to get very excited indeed...

Adobe has today dished the dirt on its new Create Suite 4 (CS4) product family in what it is describing as its "biggest software release to date". Six suites or full version upgrades of 13 standalone applications - including Photoshop CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, InDesign CS4, Illustrator CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver CS4, After Effects CS4 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 have been unveiled.

Without getting into the nitty gritty (we'll leave that to Cliff as my brain may explode) the common theme for the series is workflow, or in other words: making it easier to complete common tasks and switch between applications without leaving what you are working on. Specific highlights also include the integration of Adobe Flash Player 10, further 3D modelling development, the "ability to apply tweens to objects instead of keyframes (Cliff, help!), and a searchable library of more than 450 dynamically updated device profiles from leading manufacturers.

Collaboration is also being emphasised with Acrobat service Adobe Connect Now accessible from InDesign CS4, Illustrator CS4, Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Extended CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver CS4, Fireworks CS4, and Acrobat 9 Pro enabling real time collaboration with two colleagues or clients (methinks of fond memories sharing MS Paint on a LAN network - ahh, the chaos!).

Shipping for the CS4 lines begin in October through authorised resellers and the Adobe online store. Prices are (it's cross your fingers time) £1,249 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium, £1,195 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium, £1,409 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium and £1,969 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection. Tiered upgrade offers will also be made available for owners of previous editions.

As for Adobe Flash Player 10, it is currently available in beta as a free download from Adobe Labs at the link below with general availability expected by the end of the year.

Cliff... over to you.


Adobe CS4

Flash Player 10

Geoff Richards

September 23, 2008, 3:40 pm

Can't wait to see what innovations they've got in store for Photoshop CS4. The rest of the stuff doesn't really apply to me.

BTW, Tweening is just inserting interpolated frames of animation between two keyframes. In other words, you set a start position and an end position for an object, and the software tweens the stuff in the middle to your requirements.


September 23, 2008, 4:13 pm

Thanks Geoff - clear as mud ;)

Copy, paste, crop, resize, merge and blur. My entire repertoire!


September 23, 2008, 4:34 pm

Photoshop surely must win the award for the most under-utilised piece of software in existence. It probably beats even Office.

Still, it will be interesting to see the new bits here.


September 23, 2008, 9:02 pm

So THAT'S why Design Standard CS3.3 is out of stock with no ETA in the UK channel!! :)

I'm using PS CS3 at the mo, but for reasons I can't explain I just have to have CS4...


September 24, 2008, 3:08 am

all consumerism... as if i have to stuff vista into a pc made for win98...

on the other hand, why not? if the software serves better


September 24, 2008, 2:18 pm

Anyone who purchased CS3 as of yesterday onwards will qualify for a free upgrade to CS4 when it comes into the UK on October 15th. Customers will be given instructions and a link to Adobe's site where they can submit their claim for an upgrade.

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