First Lightroom then CS5!

Yesterday Adobe shared the news that they were releasing a second Beta of the upcoming Lightroom 3 – and it’s got a lot of cool new features for us to try out in this public beta, including managing video, point curve, tethered shooting, luminance noise control and much more.  Today, I understand that Adobe has made yet another software announcement:

Creative Suite 5 will launch on April 12th!

Since I just got wind of this late last night, I don’t have a lot of details on the products (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.) but there are some sneak peek videos over on their launch site, and Adobe is encouraging folks to follow the hashtag #cs5 on Twitter.  Evangelists like Terry White, Julianne Kost, and many more will be talking about various aspects of the suite of products, highlighting some of the snazzier features and functions.  It looks pretty cool so far, and I think I am probably sold for a couple of reasons:

  1. Indesign – As you know, I like to write, and I am putting more and more content out in PDF and eBook form.  The ability of InDesign to assist me in that regard to put together professional looking material and to help with layout is well worth it.
  2. Photoshop – I am still on CS3, and I did not do the upgrade to CS4 knowing that I would probably upgrade every other iteration.  So, now is the time to upgrade.
  3. Business Catalyst – I’d not heard of this, but the improved layout for the CB store sounds appealing by using this software interface rather than hacking through code all the time.  Will want to check this out!
  4. Dreamweaver – An old school coder, I’ve always used text-based editors because I was a “purist” of sorts.  With the development of HTML5, the new features of CSS and XHTML, there’s a lot to get up to speed on, and when I want to just put something out to the web, Dreamweaver is becoming more and more of a consideration.

Here’s the launch page for all the detailed information on the new CS5 Suite:  Have you checked out some of the features of the CS5 suite yet?  What do you like?  Are you going to upgrade or take the plunge?  Sound off in the comments with your thoughts and feedback!

Last but not least – don’t forget that we are in the final week for the Cheetah Quickstand Giveaway – share your photos over on the Flickr Contest Thread!

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5 comments for “First Lightroom then CS5!

  1. March 24, 2010 at 9:17 am

    49tips.pdf: The 49tips.pdf link is down again. Comments on those blog entry are closed, and I was unable to find another way to contact you. (Sorry to be such a bore about it.)

  2. March 24, 2010 at 9:36 am

    This is gonna be a great spring! Some sweet new stuff coming out.

    The demo on YouTube of the Photoshop auto-heal stuff is amazing.

  3. March 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I’ll let you upgrade to CS5 and then sell me on it Jason! 🙂 I’m excited to see what’s in store, but already did the CS4 upgrade.
    .-= Rich Charpentier´s last blog ..Lot’s of little things build up to one big blog post….. =-.

  4. April 6, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Some of the “sneak peek” preview features that Adobe has been slipping out look pretty amazing, like the Content-Aware Fill and Puppet Warp in Photoshop, and Smart Paste in Dreamweaver… Hopefully should gain good productivity boosts from these.

    We’re currently running CS4 Web Premium in our shop and will likely be upgrading to CS5 Master Collection as soon as it’s available, as we now have a much greater need for video/audio tools than we did a year ago.
    .-= ProDesignTools´s last blog ..Win Adobe Photoshop CS5, Free! =-.

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