Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Now Shipping

Posted by T. Michael Testi

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Now Shipping 

Milestone Release Radically Improves Creative Workflow Efficiency; Redefines
Collaboration Between Designers and Developers

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Oct. 15, 2008 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE)
today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe® Creative Suite® 4
product family, the highly-anticipated release of industry-leading design and
development software for virtually every creative workflow. Delivering radical
breakthroughs in workflow efficiency - and packed with hundreds of innovative,
time saving features - the new Creative Suite 4 product line advances the
creative process across print, Web, interactive, film, video and mobile.

Customers can choose from six new versions: Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design
Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, Web Standard, Production Premium and
Master Collection. The combination of Creative Suite and the new capabilities of
Adobe Flash® Player 10, also available today (see separate press release)
deliver new levels of creativity and expressiveness across media channels.
Designers using the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family will gain
unprecedented creative control using the new expressive features and visual
performance improvements in Adobe Flash Player 10 to deliver breakthrough Web
experiences across multiple browsers and operating systems.

"Creative Suite 4 and Flash Player 10 introduce vital time-saving features, new
levels of integration and the jaw-dropping innovations our design and developer
customers expect from us," said John Loiacono, senior vice president, Creative
Solutions Business Unit at Adobe.

"CS4 continues to fulfill our promise to customers to break down more barriers
in cross-media workflows, while also providing new services and collaboration
tools that help them manage complex client demands."

As part of the CS4 product launch, the largest in Adobe's history, also
available today are brand new versions of Photoshop® CS4, Photoshop CS4
Extended, InDesign® CS4, Illustrator® CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver®
CS4, Fireworks® CS4, Contribute® CS4, After Effects® CS4, Adobe Premiere® Pro
CS4, Encore® CS4, Soundbooth® CS4 and Adobe OnLocation(tm) CS4.

Intuitive Workflows Improve Creative Efficiency

A simplified workflow in Adobe Creative Suite 4 enables users to design across
media more efficiently by making it easier to complete common tasks and move
content seamlessly among applications. InDesign CS4 includes a new Live
Preflight tool that allows designers to catch production errors and a newly
customizable Links panel to manage placed files more efficiently. The
revolutionary new Content-Aware Scaling tool in Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4
Extended automatically recomposes an image as it is resized, preserving vital
areas as it adapts to new dimensions. An expanded version of Dynamic Link in CS4
Production Premium enables users to move and update content between After
Effects CS4, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, Soundbooth CS4, and Encore CS4 without
rendering, saving countless hours in production. With deep XMP metadata support,
the production workflow is simplified, resulting in online content that gives
viewers new ways to interact with and search for video, while giving content
owners new opportunities to track and monetize content.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 brings 3D center-stage providing the ability to paint,
composite, and animate 3D models using familiar tools in Photoshop CS4 Extended.
Flash CS4 Professional now offers the ability to apply tweens to objects instead
of keyframes, providing greater control over animation attributes. Also in Flash
CS4 Professional, the new Bones tool helps create more realistic animations
between linked objects. With a searchable library of more than 450 dynamically
updated device profiles from leading manufacturers, Adobe Device Central CS4
enables users to easily test mobile content designed using many of the Creative
Suite 4 products.

New and Expanded Services Extend Capabilities for Online Collaboration

Adobe Creative Suite 4 now also offers a host of services* for online
collaboration. Adobe ConnectNow, a service of, allows real-time
collaboration with two colleagues or clients. Designers can also share color
harmonies with Adobe Kuler(tm). Other online resources include: Adobe Community
Help for technical questions; Resource Central for accessing video and audio
product-related news and tutorials, as well as Soundbooth scores and sound
effects; and Adobe Bridge Home, a customizable resource for tips, tutorials,
news and inspirational content.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Suite 4 and its associated point products are immediately
available through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at Estimated street price for the Adobe Creative Suite 4
Design Premium is US$1799, US$1699 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium,
US$1699 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, and US$2499 for Adobe
Creative Suite 4 Master Collection. To reward customers for staying current,
Adobe is offering Creative Suite 3 customers moving to Creative Suite 4 a lower
upgrade price than it offers to those moving from older, qualifying versions.
For a limited time, a special introductory offer enables customers with older
qualifying products to enjoy the same lower price with savings of up to US$200
off their actual upgrade price. For more detailed information please visit

Adobe Flash Player 10 is available immediately as a free download for Windows,
Macintosh and Linux platforms (including new support for Ubuntu 7 and 8) from

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

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anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit

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