Our experts reveal what CS6 has to offer, what it'll cost and when it'll be out.
Adobe has released the details of the full set of Creative Suite 6 (CS6) apps, following earlier launches After Effects CS6, Premiere Pro CS6 and the release of a free beta of Photoshop CS6.
The likes of Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere debut redesigned interfaces, while new tools range from 3D tracking in After Effects to pattern design in Illustrator.
As Creative Suite 5.5, CS6 is available in a variety of versions – but the line-up's been tweaked. Design Standard remains the same. Design Premium and Web Premium have been merged into Design/Web Premium, Production Premium now costs the same as Design/Web Premium, but looses Flash Pro and Flash Catalyst. The Master Collection still includes everything. And then there's the new Creative Cloud software-and-services subscription service.
CS6 Design Standard costs £1,032, or from £219 as an upgrade. CS6 Design/Web Premium or Production Premium costs £1,509, or from £298 as an upgrade. CS6 Master Collection costs £2,223, or from £397 as an upgrade.
Creative Cloud costs £38.11 per month with an annual contract. Current owners of CS3 or later suites or products can get this for £22.23 per month. On a month-by-month basis, Creative Cloud costs 57.17.
All prices exclude VAT. Adobe says CS6 will be out before May 22.
Click on the links below for hands-on previews from experts in graphics and interactive design, illustration, animation and video post-production.
After Effects CS6
Flash Pro CS6
Premiere Pro CS6