Adobe Releases CS4 to Offer Online Workflow

Adobe Systems Inc today announced its Creative Suite 4 product family. The suite marks a milestone to improve workflow across print, Web, mobile, film and video production.

“Designers and developers are shaping the way that people consume information, share ideas, sell products, tell stories and create memorable experiences — in print, online and via mobile handsets,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer at Adobe.

Creative Suite 4 offers unprecedented choice among editions and stand-alone products. Customers can choose from six suites or full version upgrades of 13 stand-alone applications. These include Photoshop CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, InDesign CS4, Illustrator CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver CS4, After Effects CS4, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4.

“Whether you’re creating a rich Internet application, a video or a best-selling magazine, Adobe Creative Suite 4 delivers powerful cross-media technologies that have the ability to elevate products, brands and ideas above the clutter,” Narayen said.

Photoshop CS4 is one of the mor exciting upgrades. It can now employ the power of the graphics chip to enable smooth panning and zooming. This allows users to easily edit images at the highest magnification while maintaining clarity.

Flash Player 10 can now deliver content across multiple browsers and operating systems. Designers will be able to gain creative control with the new improvements.

CS4 significantly expands access to services available to professionals and developers. Adobe ConnectNow can be accessed from InDesign CS4, Illustrator CS4, Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Extended CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver CS4, Fireworks CS4, and Acrobat 9 Pro. Adobe ConnectNow allows real-time collaboration with two users.

All products now have online resources and community help sections. Product resources and tutorials are now built within the products.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 is scheduled to ship in October 2008.