CS3 ‘biggest release in Adobe’s history’

CS3 box shots
By merging Macromedia’s old product line with its own applications, creating an Extended version of Photoshop and reviving long-dead video and audio applications for Intel Macs, Adobe’s new Creative Suite 3 has become the largest software rollout in the company’s history.

Available in the Second and Third Quarters of 2007, the much-anticipated CS3 is composed of 13 stand-alone applications in total:

  • Photoshop CS3
  • Photoshop CS3 Extended
  • InDesign CS3
  • Illustrator CS3
  • Flash CS3 Professional
  • Dreamweaver CS3
  • After Effects CS3
  • Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional
  • Adobe Contribute CS3
  • Adobe Fireworks CS3
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS3
  • Adobe Soundbooth CS3
  • Adobe Encore CS3

Not to be outdone by Microsoft’s Windows Vista, Adobe has created six configurations of Creative Suite 3:

  • Design Standard – $1,199 – Available Second Quarter 2007
    Includes InDesign CS3, Photoshop CS3, Illustrator CS3, Acrobat 8 Professional, Bridge CS3
  • Design Premium – $1,799 – Available Second Quarter 2007
    Adds Dreamweaver CS3, Flash CS3 Professional, Photoshop
    CS3 Extended
  • Web Standard – $999 – Available Second Quarter 2007
    Includes Dreamweaver CS3, Flash CS3 Professional, Fireworks CS3, Contribute CS3, Device Central CS3, Bridge CS3, Adobe Stock Photos and Version Cue CS3
  • Web Premium – $1,599 – Available Second Quarter 2007
    Adds Illustrator CS3, Acrobat 8 Professional
  • Production Premium – $1,699 – Available Third Quarter 2007
    Includes After Effects CS3 Professional, Premiere Pro CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Flash CS3 Professional, Illustrator CS3, Soundbooth CS3, Encore CS3, Device Central CS3 and Bridge CS3
  • Master Collection – $2,499 – Available Third Quarter 2007
    Includes all 12 of the applications (it will not include Photoshop CS3 because the inclusion of Photoshop CS3 Extended makes that redundant)

Adobe says users will experience increased levels of performance and speed running Creative Suite 3 natively on Intel-based Macintosh systems. And although the majority of CS3 applications will be available as Universal Binaries for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs, three will be Intel-only: Premiere Pro, Soundbooth and Encore, all of which are part of the Production Premium configuration. Adobe’s other Intel-only Universal application, Photoshop Lightroom, is not included in any of the CS3 configurations.

The other Photoshop-branded application not a part of CS3 is Photoshop Elements. Adobe is still planning to release version 5.0 for the Macintosh but has set no official timetable. Also still in the cards is an update to GoLive, which Adobe says will be updated in the future but is not a part of the new Creative Suite.

Adobe is providing a number of upgrade paths for current customers. For more detailed information about features, upgrade policies, pricing, and international versions visit: www.adobe.com/go/creativesuite.