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Adobe Releases Creative Suite 3

By Char

Oh, I had better start saving my pennies!! Adobe is releasing Creative Suite 3 today with orders beginning to ship at the beginning of April. The new version is their most dramatic release in 25 years and CS3 will be available in a variety of configurations to best suit users’ needs.

Adobe CS3

I am so excited because all my favorite tools will be together as one giant package! I will get Fireworks and Dreamweaver along with Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Contribute and Flash. I will be getting the upgrade for my Mac version of CS2 so instead of setting me back $1500 – it will cost a mere $500. I am sure I will get my money’s worth, though.

In reading Adobe’s press release, I am most excited about the cross-platform capability:

The majority of Adobe Creative Suite 3 editions will be available as Universal applications for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs and support Microsoft® Windows® XP and Windows Vista™. Customers will experience increased levels of performance and speed running Creative Suite 3 natively on Intel-based Macintosh systems and the latest Windows hardware.

“Creative Suite 3 is the biggest launch in Adobe’s 25 year history and a milestone for the creative industry,” said Bruce Chizen, chief executive officer at Adobe. “This release reflects the powerful integration between Adobe and Macromedia and how our products bridge the gap between designers and developers. With new workflows that streamline collaboration and impact the development of rich content, designers and developers now have the creative license to engage audiences across virtually every medium.”

If you don’t already have an Adobe/Macromedia product to use for the upgrade, I recommend purchasing an older version (legal copy) off eBay and then using that for the upgrade purposes.

Has anyone been involved in the Beta testing of this product? I would love to hear your insights. Is it as good as it sounds?




What’s missing off that web premium version is InDesign, which I use a lot.

Nice how they package the web tools acquired in there too. This’ll be a very popular release. No doubt.


David – there are about 6 different configurations you can purchase – I know one has InDesign. That is the one product I have not yet used. Is it for web design or print or both? Is it the replacement to the old PageMaker application (which I have on my PC)?


It’s used for newspaper, magazine, book layout, amongst other things print-related.

As for replacing Pagemaker, I’d definitely say you’re on the money there. I haven’t used Pagemaker in about a decade.

The main two applications for page layout are QuarkXPress and InDesign, with InDesign having nicer features in my opinion (although I haven’t used the latest version of Quark).

It’s really helping InDesign that Adobe has almost created itself a monopoly. File transfer between applications such as Illustrator > Photoshop > InDesign is a plus.


David – I just realized that I do own InDesign and I think I have played with it a bit, but I really don’t do much print work anymore (by choice) so I haven’t used it to its capacity at all.

I am looking forward to my favorite web products (Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver) being able to play so well together and having them all on one platform. I am split between using Fireworks and Dreamweaver on my PC and Photoshop and Illustrator on my iMac.


I tried using Indesign at a company I used to work inhouse for. Personally i hated it. I just don’t like the way it handles images, I much prefer Quarks Picture boxes, but then thats probably because I am so used to using quark.

I bought CS2 about 6 months ago and have been having a lot of problems with crashing in Photoshop and and just debating whether the upgarde will help make things better or worse. One thing I can defnately say abut Adobe is that you definately get more for your money than Quark – it cost me about the same for Creative Suite Premium as just Quark. I would also be keen to hear from anyone who has tried CS3

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