It’s a Wonderful World

Adobe Launches Creative Suite 3
by: Jerry Liao

Year 2005, Adobe Systems agreed to buy Macromedia for about $3.4 billion in stock, in order to extend its lead in the market for creating and distributing digital documents. Under the terms of the deal, Macromedia shareholders will get 0.69 shares of Adobe. The new company was called “Adobe Systems, Inc.”

In my previous article, I said that of all the acquisitions made – this one for me is the best. The best in the sense that the combination of both creativity and technology of two leading-edge companies will definitely benefit the users. And since the acquisition, I’ve been waiting for the product that will be the result of the merger. We’ll finally, my long wait is over.

Adobe Systems Incorporated recently announced the all-new Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium, an indispensable, highly-efficient creative toolkit for print, web, interactive and mobile design. Loaded with innovative new features, Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium software integrates groundbreaking new releases of Adobe InDesign CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, and Adobe Dreamweaver CS3. Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional is also included as a key component of Design Premium. Additionally, Adobe announced Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Standard software for designers and print service providers focused on professional design and print production.

Unified Design Environment Packed With Essential Creative Tools
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium combines indispensable tools for page layout, image editing, illustration, and Adobe PDF workflows with newly integrated components for creating compelling publications, websites, rich interactive experiences, and engaging mobile content—all in one highly efficient work environment. Dozens of new and enhanced features in InDesign CS3 make it easier and faster to handle repetitive layout tasks. The new Live Color feature in Illustrator CS3 enables designers to experiment with, save, and apply combinations of colors quickly and intuitively. Daily image editing tasks such as selecting image areas, compositing images, and applying filters are faster and more flexible with Photoshop CS3 Extended.

New Integration with Flash and Dreamweaver
New integration of Flash CS3 Professional means designers and developers can import native Photoshop and Illustrator files into projects created with Flash with full fidelity, saving time and producing higher quality results compared to previous workflows. In addition, Dreamweaver CS3 automatically optimizes for the web when designers copy and paste Photoshop files into web layouts. Designers can also repurpose print content for the web by exporting InDesign selections or documents as XHTML files and then opening them in Dreamweaver to jumpstart a web design.

Meet The Creative Suite 3 Family
The Adobe Creative Suite product line and brand has now been expanded to include Adobe Creative Suite Design editions, Adobe Creative Suite Web editions and Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium. The all-encompassing Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection incorporates 12 new Adobe creative applications in a single box. New to the Adobe Creative Suite 3 family, Adobe Device Central CS3 radically boosts the productivity of creative professionals who develop content for mobile handsets. An updated version of Adobe Bridge CS3, the hub of Adobe Creative Suite, provides instant access to Version Cue CS3 and an expanded Adobe Stock Photos service.

Adobe Creative Suite Design editions will be available as Universal applications for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs and support both Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista. The software has been optimized to deliver outstanding performance on the latest Macintosh and Windows hardware.

Adobe Creative Suite will definitely bring the competition in the imaging and creativity space into another level. Exciting features combined with easy collaboration among all the products will surely allow the users to express their ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium.

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