Adobe CS5

Following the release of CS5 in April 2010, Adobe changed its release strategy to an every other year release of major number installments. CS5.5 was presented on April 12, 2011, as an in-between program until CS6. The update helped developers optimize websites for a variety of tablets, smart phones, and other devices. At the same time, Adobe announced a subscription-based pay service as an alternative to full purchase. On July 1, 2011, Adobe Systems announced its Switcher Program, which will allow people who had purchased any version of Apple’s Final Cut Pro (or Avid Media Composer) to receive a 50 percent discount on Creative Suite CS5.5 Production Premium or Premiere Pro CS5.5.

The design of a page can say as much as the words on it. Visual design couldn’t be more crucial in an age when people read more than they ever have before—on computer screens, smartphones, iPads and tablets, Kindles and e-readers.


HTML5 fans will be happy to hear that audio and H.264 video files placed in documents for e-publishing will now get tagged appropriately without hand-coding. Adobe also improved how it supports sublists so that second-level bullet and auto-numbered items appear correctly. And tables and footers now export to EPUB and HTML workflows.

Even if you’re not in, say, the celebrity touch-up business, you’ll see its effect. As such, we’re not going to review Creative Suite. There’s no point. If you can afford it, you can’t do better. Instead, read on for some hands-on impressions of its most notable new features, and how they live up to the hype.

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