Adobe CS3 Released

Adobe officially announced this morning that they have released Adobe CS3 in two flavors: Design and Web editions. In two days it will be exactly two years since Adobe acquired Macromedia, and now we finally have a whole new line of software. All of the products have rightfully been renamed to “Adobe” leaving the Macromedia name in the past.

If you’re not into spending the $1600+ on an entire suite of applications, then they also offer each of the applications for sale on a stand alone basis. Here are the applications that are available at this time: Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe InDesign CS3, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, Adobe Fireworks CS3, and Adobe Contribute CS3.

The suite of applications does contain some new features that will benefit some users, and here are a few of the things they mentioned in the press release:

  • Creative Suite 3 Web editions offer users faster, more productive workflows across the applications.
  • Web professionals can import native Photoshop and Illustrator files directly into Flash and Fireworks with full fidelity.
  • Users can also create consistent experiences across all browsers, operating systems, and a range of mobile and handheld devices with the new Spry Framework for AJAX, a pre-built, cross-browser compatible library of widgets and effects that make it faster and easier to build rich, interactive websites.
  • Fireworks CS3 boasts new workflows for rapidly prototyping RIA layouts for websites and web applications, intelligent Photoshop and Illustrator integration, and a library of common and customizable graphics assets.
  • Both the Creative Suite 3 Design and Web editions include Adobe Device Central CS3, designed to boost the productivity of creative professionals developing content for mobile handsets with essential tools to design, emulate and test content across a wide range of mobile device and handheld frameworks.

I’m sure this software will be among the most pirated ever just like we have seen in the past with Adobe and Macromedia products. Most people want to enjoy the large number of features that the products offer, but can’t afford the steep cost that goes along with them. I did a quick search on a couple BitTorrent networks and noticed that the Mac version of the Adobe CS3 Design Premium Suite is already on there and weighs in at a whopping 2.5GB…it has actually been available for nearly two weeks. However, there doesn’t appear to be a PC version of the Torrent.