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Adobe Systems Inc. announced Tuesday that new versions of its popular Creative Suite software, which executives have billed as the most significant product launch in the company's 25-year history, will go on sale next month.
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If one Adobe design application, such as Photoshop, is equivalent to, say, a box of crayons, then Adobe CS3 Master Collection suite would be like a drawer packed with crayons, markers, paints, and pencils in hundreds of hues. This heavy-duty software suite contains 17 equally heavy-duty applications--every major professional package in the Adobe pantheon for digital design.
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Looks like they have all bases covered. This all makes for a pretty appetising reading. I'm going to road test Photoshop CS3 this week. Has anyone had a chance to take a peek a the other software in the range..?
The two most noticeable omissions (as expected) are Golive and Freehand.
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Ditto for all software that doubles in price during it's journey over the Atlantic ocean.
What I'd like to know is what differences are there from CS2? Has Adobe really made significant changes? Or has most of the development gone into software integration.
e.g. Does Photoshop now work along side Dreamweaver the way Fireworks does..? Are there developments to the the core set of tools..? Will the user who has DW04 be able to upgrade at cost?
I'm hoping the Video/Podcasts will reveal a lot more potential benefits.
Incidentally I am still using Dreamweaver MX, any reason to upgrade?
Actually, if I read the site correctly they have a reasonably attractive offer for upgrading from Studio 8 ($499). I'm a bit leery, though, after upgrading from Studio MX - I ordered Studio 8, and the site prompted me to upgrade to CS2 for a few hundred more. I usually ignore upsells, but I accepted the additional upgrade offer. When I went to install, though, it choked because I didn't have the Adobe products installed. It turned out that you actually had to own the older versions, and that the site shouldn't have prompted me for the upgrade. Their customer service people helped sort everything out, but it took additional time to get the right product. By that time, I was also disappointed not to have the Adobe products, too.
Assuming this isn't another error, it looks a good way to get the whole suite. If I'm reading the site correctly (kind of diffcult, since in IE6 the table scrolls off the screen no matter how wide your screen is!), the full Web Premium Suite upgrade is only $100 more than the "Web Standard", which seems to be what they are calling the old "Studio". If so, it's a good strategy to get Macromedia diehards into the full Adobe family.
Even though I'm only looking for more product info and not selecting buy now, odd. This is from adobe.com with North America selected as the region. Anyone else getting this error?
From the quick demos they did do it looks to me like the biggest overall advantage to CS3 is added integration between Photoshop & Illustrator with Dreamweaver and Flash.
There were some other nice features too but I don't know how much ooooh, aaaaahh factor there really is from CS2 to CS3.
I'm currently using CS with Studio 8 and I'm looking forward to the integration. Hopefully it will save some time in revisions!
still using Dreamweaver MX, any reason to upgrade?
I bought CS2 Studio and found that Dreamweaver 8 was significantly better than MX, especially in the area of working with XML feeds (although I know these changes were introduced in MX2004). I expect Dreamweaver CS3 to be a huge improvement over MX.
On another note, I bought the Education version of CS2 when I was a student and was wondering if I can upgrade to the full version from that now I am no longer one?
DW8 seems to handle CSS WYSIWYG issues better. I was happy with MX long after upgrades were available until I found that all-CSS designs created by my coders wouldn't display even close to properly.
This was reported for both CS2 and CS3 beta back in the Fall.
P.S. Unfortunately, no live links allowed here, so you can just go and google it. It is worth seeing, definitely.