Creative Suite 4 updates Adobe’s flagship tools

David Braue
23 September, 2008
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It has been weeks since Adobe announced the launch date, but Adobe’s typically strict NDAs expired at 2:00pm — so we can now tell you officially all about the newly launched Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4).

Creative Suite 4 is Adobe’s flagship bundle of creativity programs, combining its various design, video, photo and web editing tools into suites targeted at design, web and video production professionals.

As you would expect, the new versions are packed with new features, including dynamically linked smart objects that track changes to elements; more efficient workflows; Speech Search technology that turns spoken dialog into searchable metadata; a new Blob Brush tool; transparent gradients; improved file management; tight integration between suite elements; an Adjustments panel that bypasses dialog boxes and allows direct, non-destructive editing; a Masks panel for creating and fine-tuning pixel and vector masks; and rotation of the working canvas to work on projects at any angle.

Trying to catalogue the new features is like trying to count the rivets on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, so we encourage you to start hitting www.adobe.com for details of the products that matter to you the most. We’ll have reviews of the new products in coming days.

CS4 comes in several bundles, depending on what types of capabilities you need. Each of the bundles is available on both Windows and Mac OS X (version 10.4.11 and up). Click on the top image at left for a summary table showing what’s in each bundle, or use Adobe’s own product comparator.

UPDATED: AUSTRALIAN PRICING

Adobe InCopy CS4
$449.00

Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
$1,499.00

After Effects CS4
$1,799.00

CS4 Design Premium
$3,199.00

CS4 Design Standard
$2,499.00

CS4 Master Collection
$4,499.00

CS4 Production Premium
$2,999.00

CS4 Web Premium
$2,999.00

CS4 Web Standard
$1,799.00

Contribute CS4
$349.00

Dreamweaver CS4
$699.00

Fireworks CS4
$499.00

Flash Pro CS4
$1,249.00

Illustrator CS4
$1,049.00

InDesign CS4
$1,249.00

Photoshop CS4
$1,249.00

Photoshop Extended CS4
$1,799.00

Soundbooth CS4
$349.00

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