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This week, Adobe Systems Inc. took the wraps off the latest version of its flagship product, Creative Suite 4.
The new release was not exactly a secret by this point—Adobe posted public betas of the CS4 versions of Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Soundbooth over the summer, and has been giving sneak peeks of “Photoshop Next” at conferences for months now. Plus, earlier in September Adobe issued a public invitation to the announcement of CS4—the announcement of the announcement, as it were.
But in any case, now Creative Suite 4 has now been revealed in all its glory, comprising 13 individual applications, 14 integrated technologies and seven services, available singly or grouped in any of half a dozen or so suites. The software will be available sometime during October.
There are far too many innovations in this release to list them all here; John Nack,
Principal Product Manager for Photoshop and Adobe blogger extraordinare, provides an excellent introduction to the new features in the suite here. Note that a common theme running throughout CS4 is greater suite-wide integration: greater interface uniformity among products, and easier sharing of data across applications.
Here at Peachpit, we’ve been busily preparing for this massive launch. We’ve got tons of new books in the hopper, all poised to bring CS4 goodness to a bookstore near you in the next few months. Once again, lazy guy that I am, I won’t try to name them all, but the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Resource Center on the Peachpit site will tell you everything you need to know about what’s coming.