Adobe has announced the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family, an
update of the design and development software for a variety of
creative workflows. The family includes Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design
editions, Creative Suite 4 Web editions, Creative Suite 4 Production
Premium, Creative Suite 4 Master Collection, as well as 13 point
products, 14 integrated technologies and seven services.
A simplified workflow in Adobe Creative Suite 4 enables users to
design across media more efficiently by making it easier to complete
common tasks and switch between mediums without leaving a project,.
InDesign CS4 includes a new Live Preflight tool that allows designers
to catch production errors and a newly customizable Links panel to
place files more efficiently.
The new Content-Aware Scaling tool in Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4
Extended automatically recomposes an image as it is resized,
preserving vital areas as it adapts to new dimensionss. An expanded
version of Dynamic Link in CS4 Production Premium enables users to
move content between After Effects CS4, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4,
Soundbooth CS4, and Encore CS4, so updates can be seen instantly
Designers using the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family will be
able to use the new expressive features and visual performance
improvements in Adobe Flash Player 10 to “deliver breakthrough Web
experiences across multiple browsers and operating systems. Adobe
Creative Suite 4 brings 3D center-stage providing the ability to
paint, composite, and animate 3D models using familiar tools. Flash
CS4 Professional now offers the ability to apply tweens to objects
instead of keyframes, providing greater control over animation
Also in Flash, the new Bones tool helps create more realistic
animations between linked objects. With a searchable library of more
than 450 dynamically updated device profiles from leading
manufacturers, Adobe Device Central CS4 enables users to test mobile
content designed using many of the Creative Suite 4 products.
Adobe Creative Suite 4 significantly expands access to services
available to creative professionals and developers who want to
collaborate online. Adobe ConnectNow, a service of Acrobat.com, can
be accessed from InDesign CS4, Illustrator CS4, Photoshop CS4 and
Photoshop Extended CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver CS4,
Fireworks CS4, and Acrobat 9 Pro, allowing real-time collaboration
with two colleagues or clients.
Designers can also share color harmonies with Adobe Kuler, which is
now accessible from within InDesign CS4, Illustrator CS4, Photoshop
CS4 and Photoshop Extended CS4, Flash CS4 and Fireworks CS4. Other
online resources include: Adobe Community Help for technical
questions; Resource Central for accessing video and audio
product-related news and tutorials, as well as Soundbooth scores,
sound effects, and other stock media; and Adobe Bridge Home, a
customizable resource for tips, tutorials, news and inspirational
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design is the latest version of the toolkit
for creating and producing engaging design for print, web,
interactive and mobile media. It combines new versions of Adobe
InDesign CS4, Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended, Adobe Illustrator CS4,
Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, Adobe Dreamweaver CS4, Adobe Acrobat 9
Pro and the newly integrated Adobe Fireworks CS4 for prototyping web
sites and applications. A new version of Adobe Creative Suite 4
Design Standard will also be available.
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium is for web design and development.
It includes new releases of Adobe Fireworks CS4, Adobe Dreamweaver
CS4, Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended,
Adobe Illustrator CS4, Adobe Contribute CS4, Adobe Device Central
CS4, and Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional software. For the first time
Adobe Soundbooth CS4, the latest release of its audio editing tool,
is also included in Creative Suite Web Premium edition. A version of
Adobe CS4 Web Standard will also be available.
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium is a solution for creative
professionals who craft video, audio, and interactive media-for
delivery on-air, online, and on device. It includes Adobe After
Effects CS4 Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, Adobe Encore CS4,
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended, Adobe Illustrator CS4, Adobe Flash CS4
Professional, Adobe Soundbooth CS4 and Adobe OnLocation CS4 — now
redesigned to natively support Intel-based Macs.
Adobe Creative Suite 4 and its associated point products are
scheduled to ship in October with availability through Adobe
Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store
(http://www.adobe.com/go/gn_store). Estimated street price for the
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium will be US$1,799, $1,699 for
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium, $1,699 for Adobe Creative Suite 4
Production Premium, and $2,499 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master
Adobe plans to offer tiered upgrade pricing from previous versions.
For a limited time, validly licensed customers of eligible versions
of Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Production Studio and Macromedia
Studio will be able to upgrade to Creative Suite 4 for the CS3
upgrade price. For more detailed information about features, upgrade
policies, pricing, and international versions go to
Adobe Flash Player 10 is currently available in beta as a free
download from http://www.adobe.com/go/astro with general availability
expected by the end of the year.