Adobe Creative Suite 5 starts shipping

Adobe Creative Suite 5, the massive overhaul to the software maker’s collection of print, Web, and video applications announced earlier this month, has begun shipping. Adobe says its CS5 products will be available starting Friday.

Adobe CS5 features new versions of 14 products and their assorted applications, four new online services, and a brand new interactive Web design product. All told, Adobe promises more than 250 new product features in its suite, which the company aims at creative professionals working with print, Web, and video.

The CS5 lineup features five versions: a Design Standard edition ($1299; upgrade, $499) that includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat 9; a Design Premium edition ($1899; upgrade, $599) featuring Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe 9 Pro, Flash Catalyst, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, and FireWorks; a Web Premium edition ($1799; upgrade, $599) with nearly the same applications as Design Premium, but swapping out InDesign, in favor of Flash Builder 4 Standard, Flash Catalyst, and Contribute; a Production Premium edition ($1,699; upgrade, $599) featuring Premiere Pro, After Effects, SoundBooth, OnLocation, and Encore along with Photoshop CS5 Extended, Illustrator, Flash Catalyst, and Flash Professional; and Adobe’s Master Collection ($2599; upgrade, $899), which offers all CS5 programs except for Photoshop Standard. Standalone versions of the Creative Suite tools—including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Catalyst, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, and After Effects, among others—are also available.

Look for full reviews of the CS5 offerings at Macworld.com starting on Friday and continuing through May.

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