Adobe CS5 – What’s New

Adobe has today launched the most awaited and most feature-ful Creative Suite collection of professional applications for Web designers, multimedia enthusiasts and videographers.

Adobe CS5, brings 14 new products and their associated apps, four new online services, and a brand new interactive Web design product.

CS5 suite generates 55-60% of the revenue for the company, and hence the singlemost important release. the imporvemnents in the CS5 are not  just limited to speed in functionality and performance, it is a big leap ahead in some of the capabilities that have been introduced in CS5.

Some of the Popular products from CS5:

  • Photoshop CS5
  • InDesign CS5
  • Illustrator CS5
  • Premiere Pro CS5
  • Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Contribute CS5
  • Flash Catalyst and Flash Professional CS5, and Flash Builder 4
  • After Effects and Soundbooth CS5

Creative Suite 5 products, for the first time, include access to various technologies — Web utilities that capture, store, and analyze information generated by Web sites and other sources.

The suite now hosts three discreet versions of Flash—the familiar Flash Professional, Flash Builder (earlier known as Flex Builder), and a brand new interactive design app called Flash Catalyst. There is now a greater emphasis on online services that Adobe is relying on bridge the gap between its 18- to 24-month upgrade cycle.

What’s New in CS5

More that 250 new features have been integrated throughout the Master Collection

Technology advancements

Several CS5 apps have advanced technologically to keep pace with advances in HardwareMult-core Processors and Powerful GPUs. Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects are now 64-bit native (both on Mac OS, Windows), and fully-multi-core to take better advantage of the increased memory. Improvements in Photoshop’s OpenGL engine will make the new version faster and more responsive, as well.

Apart from that, Adobe has introduced the Mercury Playback Engine to Premiere Pro, its flagship video editing app. The Mercury Playback Engine speeds up processing and rendering so editors can work on large, complex projects without delays. The key to this improvement is GPU acceleration and the full use of all processing cores. While traditionally apps use the computer’s CPU for performance, the Mercury Playback Engine directly accesses Nvidia graphics cards for performance boosts.

Adobe CS Live services
Adobe CS5 products integrate with Adobe’s new CS Live, a set of five online services that augment key aspects of the creative workflow. CS Live online services are complimentary for now and include: Adobe BrowserLab, Adobe CS Review, Acrobat.com, Adobe Story, and SiteCatalyst NetAverages from Omniture.

Adobe CS Review enables online design reviews from within various CS5 applications, while Adobe BrowserLab is a tool for testing Website content across different browsers and operating systems. NetAverages provides Web usage data on browsers, operating systems, and more, to assist in the creative process when designing for the Web and mobile devices. Adobe Story is a collaborative scriptwriting tool that improves production and post-production workflows in the CS5 Production Premium video package. The older Acrobat.com services, such as Adobe ConnectNow Web conferencing, enhance discussion and information exchange with far-flung colleagues and clients.

The good news is, Adobe is not abandoning desktop apps, it is examining the feasibility of replacing some desktop features with online functionality.

Flash – Flash Professional, Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst

Adobe has taken a close look at Flash and determined that its core interactive multimedia and animation app doesn’t address the wide array of needs for would-be Flash users. In an effort to augment Flash to better appeal to non-coder designers, Adobe has launched Flash Catalyst CS5, a brand new product designed to bridge the gap between designers and programmers. Unlike with Flash Professional, Catalyst users do not need to know ActionScript.

Flash Builder (a.k.a Flash builder) is targeted at coders, scripters, and database experts, is now also included in the Web Premium package.

Speaking of Flash, a new Packager for iPhone tool would have allowed developers to use Flash to create apps for the iPhone, and then compile them to run on the Apple hardware. Or at least that was the plan until Apple’s new iPhone 4.0 Developer Program License Agreement, effectively barred such cross-compiled apps from the App Store. Adobe still delivers the feature.

Overall, the suite looks promising, individual apps would ship as usual, it would be exciting to see to how Adobe regains it’s web market share it has lost due to Apple’s attempts.

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Adobe Creative Suite 5 products are scheduled to ship within 30 days.

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