Adobe CS 3 introduces Device Central CS3, software which emulates the appearance of creative work on mobile phones and handheld devices, helping designers achieve the best results.

Device Central CS3 lets you preview your work and test mobile content instantly. The feature uses a periodically updated library of detailed phone and device profiles, it currently offers 200 mobile device profiles.

The emulation also lets designers choose different backlight and sunlight reflection patterns, so they can fine-tune their content for different lighting conditions.

The emulator also ensures that user interfaces, applications, and mobile media work as expected, while estimating performance and memory consumption.

The component (which draws on technologies first developed by Macromedia) is integrated wihin the various editions of Adobe CS 3, as well as within individual products – Flash CS3 Professional, Photoshop CS3, and Premiere Pro CS3.

“Creative professionals are currently spending more than half their budget and time on testing mobile content on multiple handsets and mobile devices,” said Al Ramadan, senior vice president, mobile and device solutions at Adobe. “Adobe Device Central CS3 empowers designers to cut through the complexity of a fragmented mobile landscape and create engaging, optimised content dramatically faster than before.”

Adobe Device Central CS3 is included in all Creative Suite 3 editions as well as individual products, including After Effects CS3, Dreamweaver CS3, Flash CS3, Flash CS3 Professional, Illustrator CS3, Photoshop CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Premiere Pro CS3, and Adobe Bridge CS3.

Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Standard and Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Standard will begin shipping in April 2007. Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Creative Suite 3 Master Collection will begin shipping worldwide in the third quarter of 2007.

Estimated street price for the Creative Suite 3 Design Premium is £1,409, £1,195 for Creative Suite 3 Web Premium, £1,409 for Creative Suite 3 Production Premium, and £1,969 for Creative Suite 3 Master Collection. There are numerous upgrade paths available.