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CS3 ‘biggest release in Adobe’s history’

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By merging Macromedia’s old product line with its own applications, creating an Extended version of Photoshop and reviving long-dead video and audio applications for Intel Macs, Adobe’s new Creative Suite 3 has become the largest software rollout in the company’s history.

Available in the Second and Third Quarters of 2007, the much-anticipated CS3 is composed of 13 stand-alone applications in total:

  • Photoshop CS3
  • Photoshop CS3 Extended
  • InDesign CS3
  • Illustrator CS3
  • Flash CS3 Professional
  • Dreamweaver CS3
  • After Effects CS3
  • Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional
  • Adobe Contribute CS3
  • Adobe Fireworks CS3
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS3
  • Adobe Soundbooth CS3
  • Adobe Encore CS3

Not to be outdone by Microsoft’s Windows Vista, Adobe has created six configurations of Creative Suite 3:

  • Design Standard – $1,199 – Available Second Quarter 2007
    Includes InDesign CS3, Photoshop CS3, Illustrator CS3, Acrobat 8 Professional, Bridge CS3
  • Design Premium – $1,799 – Available Second Quarter 2007
    Adds Dreamweaver CS3, Flash CS3 Professional, Photoshop
    CS3 Extended
  • Web Standard – $999 – Available Second Quarter 2007
    Includes Dreamweaver CS3, Flash CS3 Professional, Fireworks CS3, Contribute CS3, Device Central CS3, Bridge CS3, Adobe Stock Photos and Version Cue CS3
  • Web Premium – $1,599 – Available Second Quarter 2007
    Adds Illustrator CS3, Acrobat 8 Professional
  • Production Premium – $1,699 – Available Third Quarter 2007
    Includes After Effects CS3 Professional, Premiere Pro CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Flash CS3 Professional, Illustrator CS3, Soundbooth CS3, Encore CS3, Device Central CS3 and Bridge CS3
  • Master Collection – $2,499 – Available Third Quarter 2007
    Includes all 12 of the applications (it will not include Photoshop CS3 because the inclusion of Photoshop CS3 Extended makes that redundant)

Adobe says users will experience increased levels of performance and speed running Creative Suite 3 natively on Intel-based Macintosh systems. And although the majority of CS3 applications will be available as Universal Binaries for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs, three will be Intel-only: Premiere Pro, Soundbooth and Encore, all of which are part of the Production Premium configuration. Adobe’s other Intel-only Universal application, Photoshop Lightroom, is not included in any of the CS3 configurations.

The other Photoshop-branded application not a part of CS3 is Photoshop Elements. Adobe is still planning to release version 5.0 for the Macintosh but has set no official timetable. Also still in the cards is an update to GoLive, which Adobe says will be updated in the future but is not a part of the new Creative Suite.

Adobe is providing a number of upgrade paths for current customers. For more detailed information about features, upgrade policies, pricing, and international versions visit:

21 Responses to “CS3 ‘biggest release in Adobe’s history’”

  1. As asian I could never afford that price, too expensive for me that’s like 50,000 pesos in Philippines currency converted from USD…my gosh! how on earth can I afford that? How I wish someone will help me get the CS3 even I have to pay 5,000 pesos(what I can afford) I won’t ask it for free…I have been dreaming about it for real.

  2. CS3 biggest rip off in history.

    Over 5,600 people think so (at least)

    And a fair few of those have also asked the EU to investigate the non-US market pricing disparity.

    Great software, insane pricing differences between the US and everywhere else – CS3 premium works out, by today’s exchange rates, to be some £500 dearer than the same software bought in the US. And that is by no means the worse comparison.

  3. $400 for software is not out of the reach of students in the sense that students are accustomed to paying for $125+ textbooks and ever-rising academic expenses… I paid $250 (I think?) for the student price of Sibelius, a professional music notation software.

  4. Arno: InDesign CS3 will be backwards compatible with CS2 using the InDesign Interchange Format, just like you do going from CS2 to CS1, now.

    You will need to get the updater for CS2 that allows it to read an .inx file from CS3, when available.

    Keep in mind that some features that are exclusive to CS3, like some of the new transparency stuff, will be effected or omitted from the CS2 document…so you probably wouldn’t want to incorporate this as part of a workflow. I would hold off upgrading to CS3 if you have to work in a collaborative environment with other users who might still be on CS2.

  5. Way too much money for even the student edition. How many students do you know that can put up 400 bucks for some software? They already had to buy the hardware…

    Do Adobe wonder why so many people use pirate copies of photoshop?

  6. how do you spell G R E E D Y
    Adobe is going to suffer big time over this one. Bloatware! There are not enough compelling reasons to move from CS2 to CS3 to justify the money that adobe wants. I pass.
    And i think that many others will too.

  7. sedated: Thank you for noting that mistake. I’ve made the correction.

    June: As I wrote in the article, Adobe said there is a future for GoLive, but not as part of the Creative Suite.

    Denú: You’ll have to forget about Freehand. Adobe has deemed it redundant with Illustrator.

    Phil: Visit Adobe’s Education Store. The standard pakages are $399, the premium packages are $599 and the Master Collection is $999.

    GCFielder: Individual apps run $400-$600 each with upgrade prices at $200.

  8. TheRymer

    I have been using Photoshop since version 2.5 and I know it is wonderful software but it is far too expensive… If they reduced the price wouldn’t they get more sales? If you can distribute the software over the internet then surely the only cost would be the extra bandwidth and processing fee which are minimal.

    I’m turning to Open Source more and more these days as I simply can’t justify a months wage to buy these products!

  9. $1100 for the basic CS suite? What a joke. You can buy an entire MacBook or iMac for that price.

    What will a single app like Illustrator cost? $500?

    The student editions will soften the blow for some of us, but it’s hard to believe that it will be less than $700 for Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat together.

    No wonder people find smaller, non-bloated apps like Lineform a better deal. And no wonder folks steal software.