Adobe Creative Suite 6 goes on sale

Following a debut filled with fanfare and a rollout designed to stoke anticipation, Adobe has released its Creative Suite 6 (CS6) software for sale on its website and via authorized dealers worldwide. This upgraded collection of professional applications, which targets artists, graphic designers, photographers, videographers, multimedia specialists, and Web designers, is available immediately.

Bundled into four distinct packages, CS6 features upgrades of Photoshop and Photoshop Extended, Premiere Pro, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Illustrator, Flash Professional, Audition, and Fireworks, as well as companion apps Bridge and Encore. It also debuts two new video-related software packages—Prelude and SpeedGrade.

At the same time, Adobe has announced that its Creative Cloud subscription service—widely expected to be available simultaneously with CS6—will now be released on May 11.

“We’ve seen a ton of excitement for both CS6 and Creative Cloud since our April 23 announcement,” Scott Morris, Adobe senior marketing manager told Macworld. “We want Creative Cloud to be an amazing experience for our customers and we feel that we just need a little more time to fine-tune it. At the same time, we are aware of the high demand for CS6 and we didn’t want to make customers wait any longer for it so we decided to release CS6 now and work on Creative Cloud a couple more days, putting the final finishing touches on it and then releasing it before the week ends.”

Also planned for release on May 11 are all CS6 subscription offerings. This means that Adobe is making available its entire CS6 lineup only as traditional perpetual licenses—until Friday, when all subscriptions will be released. Individual subscriptions for major packages such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, and SpeedGrade are $20 per month based on a year’s subscription, or $30 a month for month-to-month subscriptions.

Traditional boxes and licenses

The new CS6 bundles have been streamlined to reflect more recent design and employment trends. Each software title is sold individually (except for Bridge and Encore, which ship only as companion apps).

Design Standard, targeted to print-based graphic designers and artists, offers the standard version of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat X Pro. It costs $1299, with upgrades at $299. Individually, the Standard version of Photoshop is $699, with upgrades at $199; InDesign is $699, with upgrades at $399; Illustrator is $599, with upgrades at $199. Acrobat X Pro is $449, with upgrades at $199.

Design and Web Premium, a newly reconfigured package for designers whose jobs span both print and Web, features Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Professional, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat X Pro. It costs $1899, with upgrades at $399. Individually, Photoshop CS6 Extended is $999, with upgrades at $349; Flash Professional is $699, with upgrades at $119; Fireworks is $299, with upgrades at $149; and Dreamweaver is $399, with upgrades at $119.

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