Adobe Creative Suite is a collection of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications made by Adobe Systems. The latest released version, Adobe Creative Suite 3 (CS3), was announced on March 27, 2007. The successor to Adobe CS3, Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) was announced on September 23, 2008. Adobe announced that Creative Suite 4 will be released on October 15th, 2008.
All applications in CS4 feature the same user interface, with a new tabbed interface for working with concurrently running Adobe CS4 programs where multiple applications can be opened inside multiple tabs contained in a single window. It was announced that nVidia CUDA technology is now supported to allow for the accelerated encoding of video. Adobe CS4 is also developed to perform better under 64-bit and multi-core processors. However, Adobe CS4 64-bit will not be available for Mac OS X.
Adobe sells Creative Suite applications in six different combinations called "editions".
|Photoshop CS4 Extended|
|Acrobat 9 Pro|
|Flash CS4 Professional|
|After Effects CS4|
|Premiere Pro CS4|
|Shared features, services, and applications|
|Device Central CS4|
|Version Cue CS4|
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium and Design Standard are two editions of the Adobe Creative Suite 4 family of products intended for professional print, web, interactive and mobile designers.
The key difference between Design Premium and Design Standard is the addition of Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended, Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, and Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 to the Premium version.
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium includes the following stand-alone products:
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Standard includes the following stand-alone products:
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium is an edition of the Adobe Creative Suite 4 family of products intended for professional rich media and video post-production experts who create projects for film, video, broadcast, web, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and mobile devices.
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium includes the following stand-alone software:
The legacy equivalent of Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium is Adobe Production Studio.
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium and Web Standard are two editions of the Adobe Creative Suite 4 family of products intended for professional web designers and developers.
The addition of Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Adobe Illustrator CS4, Adobe's 2D and 3D animation software for vector graphics, and Adobe Soundbooth CS4, Adobe's digital audio editor, are the key differentiators between Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Standard.
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium includes the following stand-alone products:
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Standard includes the following stand-alone products:
The closest legacy equivalent of Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium & Standard is Macromedia Studio 8.
Adobe Creative Suite was first released in 2003. The first two versions (CS and CS2) were available in two editions.
The Standard Edition included:
The Premium Edition also included:
Adobe Creative Suite 3 (CS3) was announced on March 27, 2007; it introduced universal binaries for all major programs for the Apple Macintosh. Some Creative Suite programs also began using the Presto layout engine used in the Opera browser.
Adobe began selling CS3 applications in six different combinations called "editions." These editions were the same as those released for CS4. Design Standard & Premium and Web Starndard & Premium began shipping on April 16, 2007, and Production Premium and Master Collection editions began shipping on July 2, 2007. The latest released CS3 version was version 3.3, released on June 2, 2008. In this version Fireworks CS3 was included in Design Premium and all editions that included Acrobat 8 Pro had been replaced with Acrobat 9 Pro. Below is a matrix of the applications included in each edition of CS3 version 3.3:
|Photoshop CS3 Extended|
|Acrobat 9 Pro|
|Flash CS3 Professional|
|After Effects CS3 Professional|
|Premiere Pro CS3|
All of the above editions included shared applications and services including Adobe Bridge, Adobe Version Cue (except Production Premium), Adobe Device Central, Adobe Acrobat Connect and Adobe Stock Photos. Adobe Dynamic Link, Adobe OnLocation (Windows only) and Adobe Ultra (Windows only) were included in Production Premium and Master Collection editions.
CS3 included several programs, including Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fireworks that were developed by Macromedia, a former rival acquired by Adobe in 2005. It also included Adobe OnLocation and Adobe Ultra that were developed by Serious Magic, also a firm acquired by Adobe in 2006.
Adobe dropped the following programs (that were previously included in CS2) from the CS3 software bundles:
Adobe had announced that it would continue to develop Audition as a standalone product, while GoLive had been discontinued. Adobe GoLive 9 was released as a standalone product on June 10, 2007. Adobe Audition 3 was announced as a standalone product on September 6, 2007. Adobe had discontinued ImageReady and had replaced it with Fireworks, with some of ImageReady's features integrated into Photoshop.
Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio (previously Adobe Video Collection) was a suite of programs for acquiring, editing, and distributing digital video and audio. The suite was available in standard and premium editions.
The Adobe Production Studio Premium edition consisted of:
The Standard edition consisted of:
Since CS3, Adobe Production Studio became part of the Creative Suite family. The equivalent version for Production Studio Premium is the Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium.
Macromedia Studio was a suite of programs designed for web content creation designed and distributed by Macromedia. After Adobe’s acquisition of Macromedia, Macromedia Studio 8 was replaced, modified, and integrated into two editions of the Adobe Creative Suite family of software. The closest relatives of Macromedia Studio 8 are now called Adobe Creative Suite Web Premium and Web Standard.
Core applications from Macromedia Studio have been merged with Adobe Creative Suite since CS3, including Flash, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks. Some Macromedia applications were absorbed into existing Adobe products, e.g. FreeHand has been replaced with Adobe Illustrator. Director and ColdFusion are not part of Adobe Creative Suite and will only be available as standalone products. Four recent versions of Macromedia Studio released include: