March 28, 2007

Adobe Creative Suite 3 (Design Premium)

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This week the creative world has stopped holding its breath following a big build-up to the release of its latest suite of software, CS3. Adobe promises to further extend the integration between applications and push the capabilities of the software. Most noteably Photoshop now exists in two applications – Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 extended, the latter of which offers a new range of 2 and 3d tools. The basic version doesn’t seem to have taken an enormous leap (not that is needs to), but the most obvious new feature is the introduction of Smart Filters.

Illustrator CS3 offers a host of new features including integration with Flash, allowing for the import of native files; an erasor tool like Photoshop; a new feature called Live Colour and new crop tool, which has been missing to date.

Indesign CS3 now offers table and cell styles, robost long-document support and new creative effects and greater controls which leave Quark Xpress trailing behind creatively.

The new version of Flash allows for the import of PSD and AI files, and a whole range of new easy-to-apply behaviours.

For CS users it really does get better all the time as Adobe clearly listens to the users and continually improves both individual features and integration between its products. Integration with Flash and Illustrator sets it as the leader and moves Illlustrator into the domain that Freehand once held. The introduction of Design Premium, Web Premium and Production Premium clearly sets to target specific user groups more clearly, and a helpful guide is available to help make the choice between the versions.

The challenge is always when to upgrade, the new features are enticing but readability of documents with other colleagues is also important.

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  1. Steven Carpenter

    Yep – looks amazing. I’m not sure whether the suite has appeared within our educational agreement price lists yet, but CS3 and Apollo give Adobe a significant edge on the competition.

    28 Mar 2007, 12:19

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