Adobe to unveil CS5 on 12 April, releases new Lightroom 3 beta

Australian Macworld staff
24 March, 2010
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Adobe will release the next major version of its Creative Suite collection of applications for print, Web, and video creative pros on 12 April. The company announced plans to take the wraps of Adobe Creative Suite 5 early in order to give its customers a chance to register for the online launch event.

That event will be held at 8am Pacific Time on 12 April (1am Melbourne Time on 13 April) via Adobe TV. You can register with Adobe to watch the live event, where the company says it will unveil top new features for the applications that make up CS5, including Photoshop and its new CS Live online services. The company released no further details about the applications.

Adobe CS5 will be the first major overhaul to the company’s suite of creative tools since the September 2008 release of Adobe CS4. That suite contained 13 products including Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator; 14 integrated technologies like Bridge and Version Cue; and seven services like

Adobe CS5’s 12 April launch date comes some 19 months after the last version, putting this update in line with Adobe’s historic upgrade timetable of around 12 to 18 months between major releases.

Adobe first introduced the concept of a creative suite of its creative applications, designed to launch simultaneously, in 2003. Before that, Adobe released upgrades of its creative programs on individual upgrade schedules.

In other Adobe news, the company released a new beta version of Lightroom 3 recently.

Available for download through Adobe Labs, Lightroom 3 beta 2 has made improvements and added new features based on feedback from users of the first beta—a program that has been downloaded over 350,000 times.

The new beta release includes a variety of new features such as tethering support for a number of Canon and Nikon SLRs, with more camera models expected to be added in the final release. There are also faster image importing speeds and new sharpening and noise reduction tools, including luminance noise reduction.

Another welcome addition to the Lightroom 3 beta is the ability to import and organise video files. The newest version of Aperture 3, released in early February, also includes video integration. That addition may have put pressure on Adobe to include similar features in Lightroom 3.

Many photographers are taking advantage of the HD video capabilities in newer DLSRs, so being able to integrate video files into a regular photography workflow will be a key issue as photographers choose their next pro photo management software.

Lightroom 3 beta 2 is available now as a free download and works on PCs and Macs running OS X 10.5 or higher with at least 2GB of RAM and 1GB of free hard drive space.

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