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Adobe Announces Creative Suite 4.

Adobe Systems Inc. in San Jose, Calif., has announced the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family of design and development software for creative workflows. The product line addresses print, Web, mobile, interactive, film, and video production.

With new levels of integration and expressiveness for Flash technology across the entire product line, Adobe calls the release its biggest to date. Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection CS4 combines virtually all new Adobe design and development applications, technologies and services. It includes Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design editions, Creative Suite 4 Web editions, Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, Creative Suite 4 Master Collection, as well as 13 point products, 14 integrated technologies and seven services.

Customers can choose from six suites or full version upgrades of 13 stand-alone applications, including Photoshop CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, Adobe Introduces Creative Suite 4 Product Family InDesign CS4 (see separate releases), Illustrator CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver CS4, After Effects CS4, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4.

Simplified workflow enables users to design across media more efficiently by making it easier to complete common tasks and switch between mediums without leaving a project. InDesign CS4 includes a new Live Preflight tool that allows designers to catch production errors and a newly customizable Links panel to place files more efficiently. The new Content-Aware scaling tool in Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended automatically recomposes an image as it is resized, preserving vital areas as it adapts to new dimensions. An expanded version of Dynamic Link in CS4 Production Premium enables users to move content between After Effects CS4, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, Soundbooth CS4, and Encore CS4, so updates can be seen instantly without rendering.

Creative Suite 4 offers more creative control using the new expressive features and visual performance improvements in Adobe Flash Player 10 for Web experiences across multiple browsers and operating systems. It provides the ability to paint, composite, and animate 3D models using familiar tools. Flash CS4 Professional affords greater control over animation attributes. The new Bones tool in Flash helps create more-realistic animations between linked objects. With a searchable library of more than 450 dynamically updated device profiles from various manufacturers, Adobe Device Central CS4 enables users to easily test mobile content designed using many CS4 products.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 greatly expands access to services available online creative collaboration. They include Acrobat.com's Adobe ConnectNow (accessible from InDesign CS4, Illustrator CS4, Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Extended CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver CS4, Fireworks CS4, and Acrobat 9 Pro) for real-time collaboration with two colleagues or clients, and Aodbe Kuler, for sharing color harmonies. Other online resources are Adobe Community Help for technical questions, Resource Central for accessing video and audio product-related news, tutorials, Soundbooth scores, sound effects, and other stock media, and Adobe Bridge Home, a customizable resource for tips, tutorials, news and inspirational content.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 and associated products ship next month from authorized resellers and Adobe's online store. Information about features, upgrade policies, pricing, and international versions is at www.adobe.com/creativesuite.

Adobe Flash Player 10 is currently available in beta as a free download from Adobe Labs at www.adobe.com/go/astro with general availability expected by the end of the year.
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