Adobe Systems Inc. will announce Tuesday that its highly-anticipated Creative Suite 3.0 software suite will be available in six distinct bundles with European pricing ranging from €999 to €2799, AppleInsider has learned. Most applications in the six-bundle release will be both Mac- and Windows-native, including all major components and their companion tools (Acrobat Connect, Bridge, Device Central, Dynamic Link, Stock Photos, and Version Cue). Only the Production Premium and Master Collection suites' video companion programs (OnLocation and Ultra) are limited to Windows systems. Adobe plans to officially celebrate the global launch of Creative Suite 3.0 at a special event in New York City on Tuesday, March 27th. However, the software will not ship until sometime later this Spring.
- Adobe Creative Suite Design Standard and Premium: A suite targeted towards media professionals will be called "Adobe Creative Suite 3.0 Design." It will be offered in both "Standard" and "Premium" bundles that fetch €1269 and €1999, respectively.
- Adobe Creative Suite Web Standard and Premium: The "Standard," and most affordable of all six Creative Suite 3.0 bundles, will cost €999 and include Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, Fireworks CS3, and Contribute CS3. A €1699 "Premium" package will also cater to web "designers," adding Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, and Acrobat 8 Professional.
- Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium: With film and video production professionals within its cross-hairs, Adobe also plans to roll out a €1999 suite called "Adobe Creative Suite 3.0 Production Premium." In addition to Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, and Flash CS3 Professional, the package will include After Effects CS3 Professional, Premier Pro CS3, Soundbooth CS3, and Encore CS3.
- Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection: For those pro users and institutions that want all Adobe has to offer, a €2799 "Adobe Creative Suite 3.0 Master Collection" will provide just that. It'll include InDesign CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, Acrobat 8 Professional, Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, Fireworks CS3, Contribute CS3, After Effects CS3 Professional, Premier Pro CS3, Soundbooth CS3, and Encore CS3.
News source: Apple Insider