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Shortcut to Brilliant – Adobe Releases Creative Suite 4

Katherine Derby

November, 2008

Police car lightsAdobe recently released new versions of its software, bundled together as Creative Suite 4 (CS4).

CS4 includes applications such as Acrobat, After Effects, Cold Fusion, Dreamweaver, Flash, Flex, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere, and more.

If you’re like me, the first thing you ask yourself with a new release is, “What has this one got that the other one didn’t?” The news of CS4 was a hard pill to swallow, considering Adobe’s last release (CS3) took place only a year and a half ago. But, during the release announcement, Adobe was quick to point out that CS4 is a major overhaul of CS3, includes hundreds of new features, and is a complete rewrite of many of their applications.

The previous release of CS3 began integrating newly acquired applications such as Dreamweaver and Flash into their suite of Adobe products. Although they were packaged together, there wasn’t full integration. Now with CS4, the applications are designed to flow seamlessly from one to the other. In other words, the applications finally play well together.

The big word to use when talking about CS4 is “productivity.” New functions, new tools, and improved processes have banded together to create a suite of products that allow you to do more in less time. What used to take two hours now takes 15 minutes. If you’ve planned coffee breaks around rendering your video/flash projects, or waited for your computer to catch up when modifying 10 megapixel digital images, or spent hours editing web pages and previewing them in a web browser, you’ll really appreciate the speed of CS4.

Go to adobe.com/cs4 to find out why Adobe has coined the phrase “Shortcut to Brilliant” to describe these new products. CS4 will be available at an academic discount through the UNH Computer Store. Visit computerstore.unh.edu for more details.