Adobe Systems has announced its long-awaited Adobe Creative Suite 3 product range, introducing new versions and focused bundling choices for different creative workflows.
There are six new configurations of Adobe Creative Suite 3, including: Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Design Standard editions; Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Web Standard editions; and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium.
The company has also announced its Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection which combines 12 design and development applications in one package,.
The company has also focused on development for mobile devices in this release, offering an emulator (based on technologies acquired from Macromedia) which lets designers check how their work will appear on differenct mobile devices.
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.
Upgraded applications include Photoshop CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, InDesign CS3, Illustrator CS3, Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, and After Effects CS3.
Adobe Bridge CS3 has also been improved, while the Adobe Stock Photos Service has been expanded.
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Standard, and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Standard will begin shipping in April 2007.
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection for Mac OS X on Intel-based systems and for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista platforms will begin shipping worldwide in the third quarter of 2007.
Estimated street price for the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium is £1,409, £1,195 for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium, £1,409 for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium, and £1,969 for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection.
"Creative Suite 3 is the biggest launch in Adobe’s 25 year history and a milestone for the creative industry,” said Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen.
“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.”