Adobe Creative Suite 3 US Prices Released

Adobe is planning a media event on Tuesday March 27th to announce Creative Suite 3 pricing and availability. Amazon jumped the gun a little and posted a few pages revealing product specs and pricing for several of the CS3 products with ship dates of April 20th and July 1st, depending on the product. Prices represent full retail prices. To see upgrade prices and see if you can qualify for these updates, see this full upgrade pricing table. We've received pricing information for the entire Adobe CS3 line of products:

  • CS3 Design Premium: $1799.95, CS3 Design Standard: $1199.95
  • CS3 Web Premium: $1599.95, CS3 Web Standard: $999.95
  • CS3 Production Premium: $1699
  • CS3 Master Collection: $2499
  • InDesign CS3: $699.95
  • Photoshop CS3 Extended: $999.95, Photoshop CS3: $649.95
  • Illustrator CS3: $599.95
  • Flash CS Professional: $699.95
  • Dreamweaver CS3: $399.95
  • Fireworks CS3: $299.95
  • Contribute CS3: $149.95
  • After Effects CS3 Professional: $999
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS3: $799
  • Soundbooth: $199
View: Upgrade Price Chart
News source: Macrumors

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For professionals who use these for their JOB to MAKE MONEY the prices are pretty good.

For us, of course the prices are way over the top...

b@nned said,
For professionals who use these for their JOB to MAKE MONEY the prices are pretty good.

For us, of course the prices are way over the top...

Nope, the products are still overpriced. It does not matter whether you approach this from a hobbyist perspective or a professional. The honest truth is that Adobe is getting a little long in the tooth...

bluarash said,

Nope, the products are still overpriced. It does not matter whether you approach this from a hobbyist perspective or a professional. The honest truth is that Adobe is getting a little long in the tooth...


No it is not overpriced. As a matter of fact, these programs are accually cheap compared to others in the market...

rIaHc3 said,

No it is not overpriced. As a matter of fact, these programs are accually cheap compared to others in the market...

What professional products are more expensive? All of these are way overpriced.

naap51stang said,
Looks like they adopted the "Vista" pricing scheme LOL

Yes what an intelligent answer, only wait, no it wasn't.

There is no difference in the pricing between Vista or XP.

XP Home = 199/99 Full/Upgrade Vista Home Basic = 199/99 Full/Upgrade
XP Pro = 299/199 Full Upgrade Vista Business = 299/199 Full/Upgrade

Now the only area where you have any issue is with Home Premium & Ultimate.

Home Premium is the equivalant of the old MCE SKU. So you can't compare retail prices, but you can compare OEM prices, therefore

XP MCE 2k5 = 109/OEM Vista Home Premium OEM = 119/OEM

So there you have it, a whopping $10 difference on that SKU.

Finally Vista Ultimate, a SKU that has no rival in the world of XP.

The closest you can get is Pro which we know the cost of
It also adds in full Tablet PC support as well as Media Center on top of the regular business features.
It also has support for Bitlocker (which is not even available in Vista Business) as well as a steady stream of Extras that are for the Ultimate edition only.

The difference in cost between Vista Business & Vista Ultimate?

$100USD

Now that's not a terrible extra price to pay for every feature possible.

Only $399 total for a full retail DVD set.

I realize I come off sounding like a salesman but the bad bogus info about pricing has to stop

Thats a great analysis...


when looking at it in dollars.

Could you do one looking at the UK prices, or, more troublingly, the USD/GBP comparison.

I thought they were discontinuing Fireworks! That's why I haven't moved over to it yet!

/me looks into using it and getting used to it

Sure, the prices are expensive, but let's face it... Nothing even comes close to Photoshop. It's been the industry standard for decades now. Not to mention that Adobe is going to sell thousands and thousands of licenses, especially to places like schools that get very cheap educational discounts.

And yet, photoshop remains one of the most poorly designed, unintuitive interfaces every created by geeks. It has become a standard DESPITE lagging behind the original Amiga Deluxe Paint from the mid 80's. :)

The best news yet is that this is the first photoshop in a decade that substantially improves the end user/interface experience. I might actually upgrade to this version.

EDIT oh oops... nevermind

That's some pretty expensive software if you ask me I should start selling the free copies of 1 or 2 that i might get!

SHoTTa35 said,
EDIT oh oops... nevermind

That's some pretty expensive software if you ask me I should start selling the free copies of 1 or 2 that i might get!

Here's some shameless begging.


Or offer a copy to someone who would give it as a gift to his wife (an artist) who is returning to school this fall for her masters in teaching

She'd actually put it to good use

To be fair, the light / home versions of the products they make still have a LOT of functionality in and are very sensibly priced.. but I admit the prices for stuff like InDesign, etc are simply insane. I used to use Photoshop and InDesign in my previous job and I love both those apps but could not consider buying them for home use at those prices

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