Adobe releases Creative Suite 4

Adobe released details Monday about Creative Suite 4, its first update to more than a dozen design and editing tools since Adobe CS3 some 17 months ago.

The costs of the applications, set to reach consumers in October, haven't changed since CS3, but remain hefty. Should longtime users upgrade?

Of course that depends on the specific tools you need. However, we suspect that only the most well-heeled will jump at the chance, as CS4 shares the majority of tools with its predecessor. Perhaps more dramatic, life-changing alterations will come with the next Creative Suite. That said, time-saving tweaks to Illustrator and Flash in particular could lure professionals immersed in them to upgrade.

With CS4, Adobe aimed to unify the interfaces of more than a dozen applications, including Flash and other former properties of Macromedia. You'll see similar pull down menus for toggling among workspaces that you can customize, as well as Flash-based panels that nicely snap open and shut. Corporate design departments will find plenty of enhancements for their teams to share work more quickly.

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Did you check out the demo for Content-Aware Scaling? That's pretty impressive, and a gigantic time-saver. The 3D object painting is nice, too. I remember doing that on an SGI Octane with Pirhana/Amazon Paint when those were the big packages. This looks dramatically better, and little has come close to those programs' power since. Check out the live preflight, conditional text, and smart guides (like in Visual Studio!) features of InDesign. Awesome! The overprint preview will be helpful for printers, too. Add the 64-bit support and GPU acceleration for Photoshop, and there's actually some compelling reasons to upgrade. It's not a cheap upgrade, but to certain folks it will be well worth it.

Deceptive title alert!

Adobe releases Creative Suite 4

Adobe released details Monday about Creative Suite 4, its first update to more than a dozen...

I'd say about 99% of the people complaining about photoshop, probably have it pirated, never use 2/3 of its features anyway. It's designed for PROFESSIONALS. If you are a casual user, you should be using photo elements or similar.

I use to rely on Photoshop everyday for the most basic stuff (color adjustments, image cropping, format transcoding...etc.).

I now use Paint.NET for those basic needs. Does anyone know of a good alternative to Adobe Illustrator? I still use it (although I'm on a rather ancient version, 7). But would definitely like to find some freeware/cheaper alternative for vector graphics.

(leo221 said @ #9)
photoshop has become the definition of bloatware since 7.0

Yeaaap. Thats right... CS3 Extended starts for me in oh...about 10 seconds? thats definately bloat. Oh yes.. So massive. Total install size of around 500 MB or so I think...yeah thats definately bloat. Nevermind the shear power that it provides professionals for manipulating images...oh no...couldn't be that impressive...all bloated and all....

GIVE ME A BREAK

/sarcasm.


Congrats Adobe, been waiting for 64bit support for a while. now to see if i can afford the upgrade.

As always, Adobe is overpriced.

If they sold it for a hundred bucks, they'd make more money than at the thousands they're asking for now.

Get off it, Adobe.

(Burst404 said @ #8)
As always, Adobe is overpriced.

If they sold it for a hundred bucks, they'd make more money than at the thousands they're asking for now.

Get off it, Adobe.

Yeah right, and they would really be able to pay for their development costs at $100. You do realise these tools are targeted at professionals not home users. I know a lot of people *want* Photoshop, simply to say they have it, but will never actually utilise its functionality.

We have 3 licensed copies of the Suite in the office, and intend to upgrade all of them - we sit all day every day in Photoshop, Dreamweaver and to an extent Illustrator, so the money for the new versions is small compared to what it brings in to our company.

Well, I just checked and CS4 Design Premium is twice the price of the previous version. I was looking to get it in the not too distance future but that's just crazy money.

To those whining:

You realise you are apparently suggesting Adobe stop development of these apps? There's only so much you can add to these apps, so it is almost always going to be about refining the tools already available, and updating the UI and backend.

If you have CS3 of course you're not going to find huge improvements. However, anyone who doesn't likely will. Think about how much sports games change between their yearly releases.

While I get what you're saying, there's a world of difference between a $60 video game and a $700 professional software package.

(acxz said @ #6.1)
While I get what you're saying, there's a world of difference between a $60 video game and a $700 professional software package.

Indeed it is.
A professional will earn 700$ in a about a week using this professional software package.
A gamer, on the other hand, will pay extra for eventual bandwidth and online subscription.

The interface improvements in Dreamweaver seem pretty good to. Comparing CS3 to CS4 and you can see that CS3 wastes quite a lot of screen real-estate. The CS4 interface is much more streamlined if you ask me.

It wasn't the most stable application I've ever used though, but it was a beta version so I guess a degree of that is expected.

(ozgeek said @ #4)
Sigh, another update, but why?

Live view rendering JS, Editing associated files without opening. 2 great addition DW.

No distorting 8 point stretching, auto guides amazing in FW.

Perhaps you should try before commenting.

Now, whether worth full version upgrade at there prices I dunno.

If they half cost they quadruple there Genuine users.

(stevember said @ #4.4)
Perhaps you should try before commenting.

Nope. And you should read, before commenting. ozgeek questioned about the update, then neufuse stated that there was 64-bit support and GPU processing (the claim is made in general), and I pointed out that the claim is not made in general, but in a rather particular application, Photoshop.

And I'm not going to try it. No need.

(tiagosilva29 said @ #4.5)

Nope. And you should read, before commenting. ozgeek questioned about the update, then neufuse stated that there was 64-bit support and GPU processing (the claim is made in general), and I pointed out that the claim is not made in general, but in a rather particular application, Photoshop.

And I'm not going to try it. No need.

I was answering your original question...