Adobe Unveils Creative Suite 4.0 (CS4)
Adobe Systems Inc., publishing and design software company, unveiled the latest version of its flagship web-publishing software -- Creative Suite 4.0 (CS4). The product is a not just a little update, but a major overhaul, according to the company. CS4 is intended to make it easier to design web sites that combine different types of media. As presented in today’s web briefing, it is "something brilliant." It is “web, video, design, photography -- all in a box.”Video and multimedia content is becoming increasingly important, as web sites evolve from the text-filled, static pages of the Internet's early days. "It used to be that video on the web was enough to make you say 'Wow'," says Johnny Loiacono, senior vice president of the Adobe business unit responsible for the software. "But now it takes richer and richer experiences to keep our attention."

What’s in the Box?

The new release includes Adobe CS4 Design, Web and Production Premium, along with Master Collection, 13 point products, 14 integrated technologies and seven services. CS4’s 14 integrated technologies are full-blown apps. They include Photoshop for photo editing, Dreamweaver for website design and InDesign for desktop publishing. Speed is another benefit, as the new software runs 20% to 50% faster than its predecessor, says Loiacono. The different products are also more integrated with one another, so a designer can now work with a video made with Adobe's Flash technology while using InDesign -- a task that previously required separate software. Integrations with Adobe AIR, CSS, AJAX and XML are also part of the offering. Other important features of CS4 include a more consistent user interface and improvements in workflow. Aside from feature enhancements, Adobe claims to have had "significantly expanded access" to its online services. Adobe ConnectNow can be accessed from CS4 versions of InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Acrobat Pro. Following the new trend of content distribution as a hosted service, Adobe’s SaaS offerings allow for further penetration of the rich suite beyond the traditional creative professional and enterprise market. Lastly, CS4 comes in more languages and will be shipped to more than 170 countries around the world in October. Recently, Adobe reported its third quarter financial results. The creative solutions group, which includes Creative Suite, accounted for 56% of the quarterly revenue. For Q4 of fiscal 2008, Adobe is targeting revenue of US$ 925 million to $955 million. The main driver in achieving this target will be CS4.

Pricing and Availability

The new software’s pricing starts at US$ 1,699. For more information on the product, visit Adobe’s website. Adobe is offering previews of CS4 throughout the day, but if you cannot make it then, we are sure the new product will be demonstrated in all its beauty at the upcoming Adobe MAX 2008 event.