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Adobe Introduces Creative Suite 2

Adobe accelerates print, web and mobile publishing workflows with introduction of Adobe Creative Suite 2

Adobe's complete design and publishing environment integrates new Adobe Stock Photos service, introduces Adobe Bridge and enhanced Adobe Version Cue CS2

Sydney, Australia - Adobe Systems today announced a new release of Adobe® Creative Suite, the powerhouse design environment that revolutionised print and Web workflows for creative professionals worldwide. Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium Edition integrates new full-versions of indispensable design software - Adobe Photoshop® CS2, Adobe InDesign® CS2, Adobe Illustrator® CS2, and Adobe GoLive® CS2 (see separate press releases) - with the all-new Version Cue® CS2. The recently released Adobe Acrobat® 7.0 Professional is also included, as a key application in this software release.

A radical new Adobe Creative Suite component, Adobe Bridge, acts as a hub for productivity, imagery and creativity, providing multi-view file browsing and smooth cross-product integration across Adobe Creative Suite 2 software. It also provides access to Adobe Stock Photos, a new stock photography service that offers one-stop shopping for high-quality, royalty-free images for layout and design (see separate press release). With advanced mobile authoring, for standards such as SVG-t, Adobe Creative Suite 2 accelerates design and publishing workflows - for print, the Web and the latest generation of handheld devices.

"Through their work in design, advertising and publishing our customers change the way the world looks everyday," said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief operating officer at Adobe. "Our goal is to develop a technology platform that the creative community can rely on and build upon. With Creative Suite 2 we've delivered the essential tools designers need to efficiently realise and create their best work: online, in print or for the latest handheld device."

Introducing Adobe Bridge and Adobe Stock Photos
Adobe Bridge is a visual file browser that lets designers easily browse, organise, and process design assets within Adobe Creative Suite 2 software components. Designers can preview multi-page Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files, drag and drop from floating Compact Mode windows, process images with built-in Camera Raw 3.0, edit and search for Adobe XMP metadata, and track assets managed in Version Cue CS2. Simplifying the purchase and management of stock imagery, Adobe Stock Photos is a single resource that brings together, at one convenient location, more than 230,000 images from some of the world's leading stock photography providers, including: Photodisc® by Getty Images; Comstock Images® by Jupitermedia®; Digital Vision®; imageshop(tm) royalty free by zefaimages(tm); and amana.

Enhanced collaboration, colour consistency and reliable PDF creation
Version Cue CS2, a powerful file-version manager and collaboration tool, helps users visually preview, track and access historical and alternate versions of files in Adobe Creative Suite 2 projects. Workgroup users can easily share their work, and can now initiate a Web-based collaborative review of PDF project files. Using a single dialog box in Adobe Bridge, designers can synchronise colour settings for Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, InDesign CS2 and GoLive CS2, avoiding painful after-the-fact colour adjustments. New global export presets allow for consistent creation of Adobe PDF documents across components of Adobe Creative Suite to save time and avoid costly errors when projects go to print. Presets are stored in a single location and can be customised for specific workflows.

Pricing and availability
Adobe Creative Suite for Mac OS X version 10.2.8 through 10.3.8, Java Runtime Environment 1.4.1, Microsoft® Windows® 2000 with Service Pack 4 or Windows XP with Service Pack 1 or 2, will begin shipping in late May / early June to customers in Australia and New Zealand, and will be available through Adobe Authorised Resellers.

Estimated street price for the Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium Edition is as follows:
Pricing Australia (inc GST) New Zealand (ex GST)
Creative Suite 2 Premium Edition
(full product) AU$2,209 NZ$2,189
Creative Suite 2 Standard Edition
(full product) AU$1,699 NZ$1,649
Creative Suite 2 Premium Edition
(upgrade from previous version of Photoshop) AU$1,499 NZ$1,449
Creative Suite 2 Standard Edition
(upgrade from previous version of Photoshop) AU$999 NZ$1,099
Creative Suite 2 Premium Edition
(upgrade from Creative Suite Premium) AU$999 NZ$1,099
Creative Suite 2 Standard Edition
(upgrade from Creative Suite 1) AU$699 NZ$679
Volume discounts and education pricing are also available. For more detailed information about features and upgrade policies please visit: http://www.pacific.adobe.com/creativesuite .

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