The latest iteration of Adobe’s flagship software suite has been launched. Available in May 2012, there will be 4 suites, comprising different combinations of 14 print, web and video software.
The suites are: Master Collection (S$3,924), Design & Web Premium (S$2,868), Design & Web Standard (S$1,962), and Production Premium (S$2,868).
Adobe has also launched the new subscription-based Creative Cloud (US$600 per year). This is not available in Singapore yet.
Singapore was the first venue in the world to launch Adobe Creative Suite 6.
Shantanu Narayen, Adobe CEO, and David Wadhwani, SVP, Digital Media Business, Adobe, will host a launch event and press conference on the release of Adobe Creative Cloud and CS 6 at 10:00 am Pacific Time, 23 April.
CS6 is part of Adobe’s 2-year renewal of its creative suite of software. One year on from each major release is a mid-cycle update, as with Adobe CS5.5.
The Mercury engine that was introduced in Premiere Pro in CS5 has been implemented in other products in CS6, notably Photoshop and Illustrator.
Dreamweaver and other component products in CS5 was based on perpetuating the Flash platform.
Having had the rug pulled from under its feet by the late Steve Jobs, Adobe has shifted the emphasis for Dreamweaver in CS5.5 and CS6 more towards facilitating HTML5, “an open Web standard that’s replacing Adobe’s older Flash tools for many Web designers” (quoted from Bloomberg).
There are also more tools for designing apps for smartphones and tablets.
A big step for Adobe this time round is its foray into a subscription-based model, although it is not available in Singapore yet.
Creative Cloud will charge US$50 a month for a one-year commitment (US$75 without one).
Subscribers can access the 14 programs, which can be installed on an Apple Mac or on a Windows PC.
Users can use the installed software even when they are not connected to the Internet.
A cloud-based service will also enable users to collaborate and share work with colleagues and clients through a Web browser.
The list of software as well as the composition of each suite can be found here.