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Adobe Announces Creative Suite 5.5!


That's right - Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 is coming! This is being billed by Adobe as an "evolutionary" release in order to provide updates to CS5 and is not a full Creative Suite release. However, with the amount of enhancements, improvements, and just outright new stuff; it's hard to tell the difference. I'm actually more excited about CS5.5 than I was about the full CS5 release of last year!

adobe creative suite 5.5

Create work for new devices and move designs across media. Develop with HTML5 in Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 and with expanded platform support in Flash Professional CS5.5. Boost your video editing efficiency with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 and deliver new reading experiences using InDesign CS5.5. Now including Adobe Audition CS5.5 and Flash Builder 4.5 Premium, Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection software enables reaching out to audiences in new ways.

So what are the changes that will be available? You can visit Adobe for a full rundown, but here are the products in Master Collection 5.5 broken down into what is a full update for CS5.5, and what is more of a point release for existing CS5 products:

Full-version CS5.5 products include...

  • Adobe Acrobat X Pro
  • Adobe InDesign CS5.5
  • Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5.5
  • Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5
  • Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 Premium
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5
  • Adobe After Effects CS5.5
  • Adobe Audition CS5.5
  • Adobe Device Central CS5.5
  • Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5

Updates to CS5 products include...

  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended
  • Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Adobe Fireworks CS5
  • Adobe Contribute CS5
  • Adobe OnLocation CS5
  • Adobe Encore CS5
  • Adobe Bridge CS5

What are some of the important highlights? There are quite a few! Enhanced Multiscreen Preview panel, robust jQuery Mobile support, expanded platform and device support, more efficient video workflow, advanced audio-for-video editing in Adobe Audition CS5.5, Warp Stabilizer effect in After Effects CS5.5, performance boost with the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, Folio Producer tools and enhanced eBook authoring in InDesign, and the addition of Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 Premium!

Yep- Adobe listened to the outcry from Flash developers last year and are including Flash Builder 4.5 Premium in Master Collection and Web Premium! This, along with the mobile Flex 4.5 SDK, Flash Professional CS5.5 with mobile enhancements, and a more friendly relationship between Flash Catalyst CS5.5 and Flash Builder 4.5 make this a must-have release for Flash developers.

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