Adobe announced today that the latest versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and GoLive will hit the market in May 2005 as part of Creative Suite 2, the company’s thorough refresh for their flagship products. Acrobat is on a separate track, and was updated to version 7 in fall 2004.
The new CS2 offers a host of advantages for those working across many Adobe programs by further pulling together elements that get created in one program, tweaked in another, and placed on a page (Web or print) in another. The new Adobe Bridge software works with Version Cue CS2, a WebDAV-based server that retains multiple versions of files in an archive, to allow browsing across all kinds of media, including looking at older revisions, storing multiple live versions of a single file, and even browsing and purchasing royalty-free stock photography.
New features in Photoshop include a vanishing point feature for adjusting perspective, better raw digital camera file support, 32-bit-per-channel images, and layer control through click and drag. Illustrator gains live trace, live paint over bitmaps, Photoshop layer support, and aid for creating content for mobile devices such as cell phones. Indesign now features object styles and support for Photoshop and PDF layers. GoLive is improved with better previews through embedded rendering, visual tools for building CSS-based pages, mobile device authoring tools, secure FTP (SSH and SSL), and the capability to create favicons. Version Cue now supports multiple live versions of the same for use in different applications, but more important, it apparently now works, too – something I couldn’t say about Version Cue CS.
CS2 comes in Standard and Premium editions. Premium includes Acrobat Professional, GoLive, Illustrator, InDesign, and Version Cue. Standard omits Acrobat and GoLive. Premium costs $1,200 from scratch, or $550 as an upgrade from either CS 1.1 or earlier edition, or $450 from CS 1.3. Photoshop CS or 7.0 users can pay $750 for an upgrade to the entire suite. Standard is $900 from scratch, $350 from a previous CS version, or $500 from Photoshop CS or 7.0.