We've touched upon this before, but today is the day Adobe finally unveils Creative Suite 5 to the world...
CS5 editions of InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Premiere, Encore, Contribute, Soundbooth, Bridge, OnLocation, Acrobat Pro and more will launch in mid-May with both standalone and upgrade deals available for 32bit and 64bit editions.
The best new features? I'm far too much of an Adobe ignoramus to go into a great deal of depth (Cliff and James are working on full reviews for us as we speak), but Photoshop is the product which will garner the most attention and improved HDR imaging, raw processing and automatic lens correction are handy additions. What has users most excited, however, are 'Puppet Warp' (demonstrated above) - which allows images to be bent and twisted as if they have an underlying muscular/physical structure - and 'Content Aware' (below), which has already blown many of you away with its ability to intelligently fill into gaps in the background. This really has to be seen to be believed.
Other key products include the final versions of Flash Player 10.1 (which adds mobile support and GPU acceleration) and AIR 2 (ditto mobile optimisation with multi-touch and accelerometer compatibility). Air 2.0 has had some of the guts ripped from it with Apple's announcement that AIR can no longer be used to craft iPhone apps, though Adobe has retorted by promising future support for BlackBerry and web OS (hopefully the latter will have its future secured with a Palm sale to HTC shortly).
Pricing? As ever, this is the scary part. Adobe doesn't set hard RRPs, but its estimated street prices (excl. VAT) top out at £2,303 for Master Collection CS5, followed by £1,509 for CS5 Design Premium, £1,429 for CS5 Web Premium, £1,509 for CS5 Production Premium and £1,032 for CS5 Design Standard. Upgrade pricing and volume licensing deals were not detailed, but will be offered.
The full Adobe CS5 global online launch will begin at 4pm GMT (powered by Flash naturally, so you're out of luck iPhone/iPad owners). The link is below, not long now...
Update: If you're newly stunned by Content Aware be sure to check out this brilliant parody pointed out to me by our very own photography and Photoshop guru Cliff Smith:
Adobe Global Unveiling (4PM start GMT)