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Adobe Ships Creative SuiteIndividual creative apps set for release later this week
All of the new applications are available now as part of the Creative Suite, which itself is available in two versions. The Premium edition includes Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS, InDesign CS, ImageReady CS, GoLive CS and Acrobat Pro 6. The standard edition includes Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS, InDesign CS and ImageReady CS. Aside from the software bundle, it also includes features designed to bring them together for integration and for collaborative workflows in the form of a new central workflow management tool called Version Cue, designed for the management of projects, files and file versions.
Photoshop CS gains the most major new features of all of the new applications, including expanded support for 16-bit files, such as the ability to work with layers and perform several other tasks that were previously available only when working with 8-bit images. Other creative tools include a direct support for importing and manipulating 16- or 8-bit camera raw data files; new Match Color function, which allows for the placement of one image's color scheme onto another; a Photomerge function for creating panoramas; automatic crop and straighten for working with scanned images; a new Lens Blur filter; new effects for simulating photographic filters; a Color Replacement tool; text on a path; and a new Shadow/Highlight image adjustment feature.
In the area of workflow, Photoshop CS adds support for nested layer sets (up to five levels deep), as well as a new Layer Comp feature, which allows users to store multiple designs within a single document. For video professionals, it adds built-in titles and action safety guides and support for square and non-square pixel viewing, with a pixel correction preview to reveal how an image will look at the correct aspect ratio. It can also export layers to files. Other new features include:
- Customizable keyboard shortcuts;
- Enhanced metadata support;
- Redesigned File Browser;
- Enhanced edit tracking, with the ability to export History logs (attached to a document or in a separate file);
- A new Filter Gallery for previewing a sequence of multiple filter efects on the image;
- Enhanced scripting;
- Improved color management;
- A floating histogram palette;
- Support for files up to 300,000 x 300,000 with up to 56 channels per file.
ImageReady CS, which is included with Photoshop CS, also gains several enhancements for Web graphics production. These include the ability to export to Flash, including Flash layers for multi-layer compositions; enhanced HTML output; the ability to edit variables directly for data-driven graphics; and an improved interface with features like smart guides and multiple object selection.
Illustrator CS also offers several major enhancements, including a brand new 3D extrusion feature. This allows you to extrude 2D objects into 3D space and manipulate their X, Y and Z rotation; apply lighting; map artwork onto individual surfaces; and perform a number of other operations. Extruded objects remain live and editable.
It also sees major gains in the area of typography, adopting features that were previously available in Adobe InDesign. These include wide support for OpenType (with context-sensitive features for alternate glyphs, ligatures, etc.); paragraph and character styles; the ability to define and edit multiple rows and columns of text; Optical Kerning and Optical Margin Alignment options for enhanced layouts; customized tab leaders, including dashes, dots and artwork; and the adoption of the Adobe Every-Line Composer for optimizing word spacing and hyphenation. Other new features in Illustrator CS include:
- Scribble effect for create fills that look hand-drawn;
- Ability to save files as templates;
- Various interface enhancements;
- Improved PDF support, including printer's marks and bleeds, new compression options and export presets;
- A new text engine shared with Photoshop CS so that the two applications can import each other's files while the text (and layers) remain editable;
- Support for XMP;
- Expanded print capabilities;
- And overall performance improvements.
Illustrator CS ships with more that 100 OpenType fonts (including several Adobe Pro OpenType fonts) and supports Mac OS X and Windows.
Adobe GoLive CS receives improvements primarily in the areas of workflow and improved standards support. It offers a new CSS editor with support for CSS level-1 and level-2, as well as other CSS improvements. It offers expanded multimedia support for QuickTime, including interactive authoring with support for opening and editing 3GP, AVI, MOV and MPEG-4 files within GoLive's authoring environment and adding rich content through Apple's QuickTime Wired Action Programming Language. It also adds the ability to create and debug QuickTime scripts with multiple event handlers and automatically generate QuickTime wired sprites from Photoshop files. It adds support for QuickTime movie database containers and output of 3GP and MPEG-4 content for mobile devices.
- Support for Smart Objects;
- Support for ImageReady's rollover states and embedded links;
- New integration with InDesign's Package for GoLive feature, which includes pick whip-based Smart Object conversion and CSS style mapping for InDesign-formatted text;
- Adobe Color Engine support;
- Zooming up to 1,600 percent;
- The ability to collapse palettes to either side of the workspace;
- Grouped palettes;
- Interaction wireframing for usability testing.
The new InDesign CS adds numerous productivity features as well, including a word processing function called Story Editor; an Info palette; a new Measure tool (like the one found in Photoshop and Illustrator); document type definitions (DTD) for XML validation; and the ability to map XML styles to character styles (and vice versa). It also adds a context-sensitive Control palette (similar to the Tool Options palette in Photoshop), as well as Flattener Preview and Separations Preview palettes.
On the creative front, InDesign CS adds new Pathfinder commands, similar to those found in Illustrator, which allow you to combine multiple objects with options like Add, Subtract, Intersect, etc. It adds enhanced table support with running headers and footers for multi-frame tables; new text wrap options; a Stroke Style editor; mixed ink support; and nested styles for creating complex, multi-element styles that can be applied to entire blocks of text. Other new features include:
- Performance improvements, especially in the area of navigation;
- Usability enhancements, such as the ability to double-click a page element to switch to the appropriate tool or Option-double-click to open an element in its appropriate editor;
- The ability to add multiple swatches to the Swatches palette simultaneously;
- User-defined glyph sets;
- Various PDF enhancement, including the ability to author rich PDF files (with movies, links, transitions, etc.) and support for PDF/X-1A and PDF/X-3;
- Improved integration with Photoshop;
- Ability to exchange XMP data;
- And a new Package for GoLive command.
The entire Creative Suite sells for $1,229 for the Premium edition and $999 for the standard edition. Upgrades for the Premium version run $749 from Photoshop 7 or any existing Adobe collection. Upgrades to the standard version run $549. For further information, visit http://www.adobe.com.
Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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