Adobe CS4 Shipping, Welome to Obsolescence CS3

According to John Nack, Principal Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop, the entire Creative Suite 4 is now shipping.

Announced in September, the release date itself was not initially specified.  Those looking to test out the new programs before deciding whether or not to upgrade will have to wait, as trials are not yet available for download on Adobe’s site.  You can however sign up here to be notified when the downloads do go live.
All products in the suite have received some nice feature additions, including the Application Frame for Mac versions, which allows users to opt for a a single window display if they prefer, rather than the floating pane configuration of CS3 and earlier products. The new mode addresses the complaints of some users regarding accidentally clicking through to background applications, and the visual distraction and clutter of the independent pane UI.

The products shipping today, available in profession-specific packages, all together, or individually, are:

  • InDesign CS4
  • Photoshop CS4
  • Photoshop CS4 Extended
  • Illustrator CS4
  • Acrobat 9 (Previously available)
  • Flash CS4 Professional
  • Dreamweaver CS4
  • Fireworks CS4
  • Contribute CS4
  • After Effects CS4
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
  • Soundbooth CS4
  • Adobe OnLocation CS4
  • Encore CS4
  • Adobe Bridge CS4
  • Adobe Device Central CS4
  • Version Cue CS4

We posted a thorough preview of the new featuresets available when the suite was officially announced.  Check it out here.