Application Development: Adobe Creative Suite 5.5: Why Developers, Designers Should Adopt It Now

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-04-18
 
 
 

Adobe Creative Suite 5.5

The new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product line enables designers and developers to target popular and emerging smartphone and tablet platforms, as the revolution in mobile communications changes the way content is distributed and consumed. Product highlights include advances to HTML5, Flash authoring, digital publishing and video tools, as well as new capabilities that kick-start the integration of tablets into creative workflows.

Adobe Creative Suite 5.5

Overlay

An interactive overlay is a component of a publication that gives readers an opportunity to interact with the content. Using Overlay Creator, one of the Folio Producer tools included in InDesign CS5.5, you can add audio, video, slide shows, 360-degree viewers, image panning, panoramas and embedded Websites into your documents.

Overlay

InDesign

Use the Adobe InDesign CS5.5 Articles panel to provide an improved reading experience in textbooks, highly designed books or any other books you create that include images, captions, sidebars or block quotes. Choose and organize your content by dragging images, text frames and other content into the new Articles panel to define the order in which theyll export. You can control the sequence of text, images and graphics in the exported document without changing your InDesign layout.

InDesign

Manage Type Design

Managing the design of your type through styles saves you time and hassle—while allowing you to create more sophisticated text. Create digital documents that conform to open standards with improved basic typography without needing to make changes directly to the HTML code. In InDesign CS5.5, you can map paragraph and character styles directly to HTML, EPUB and PDF tags to ensure that styles you define in InDesign are exported appropriately. For more advanced workflows, you can add CSS class names and type in your own custom tags.

Manage Type Design

PHP Support

Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP is an Eclipse-based tool for rapidly building expressive mobile, Web and desktop applications using PHP, ActionScript and the open-source Flex framework. Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP includes an integrated copy of Zend Studio 8, which enables developers to code and debug efficiently within a single environment. In addition, it allows for the delivery of scalable, high-performance and secure PHP-based mobile applications on Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and Apple iOS platforms. Using these newly integrated tools, developers will find it easier to differentiate their PHP applications by providing superior user experiences.

PHP Support

Flash Builder 4.5

New tooling and framework support in Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 software enables developing, testing and deploying mobile applications on Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS platforms. Flash Builder 4.5 accelerates the development of Flex and ActionScript projects, including new round-trip workflows with Adobe Flash Catalyst CS 5.5 software that allow designers and developers to work in parallel throughout application development. Flash Builder 4.5 also includes new capabilities to enable faster and more productive coding as well as performance enhancements.

Flash Builder 4.5

Flex 4.5

Flex 4.5, an open-source framework, includes new support for building mobile applications for Android with support for BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS platforms coming in June 2011. Together, Flex 4.5 and Flash Builder 4.5 enable developers to leverage a single tool chain, programming language and code base to easily create highly expressive applications across leading mobile platforms, greatly improving with high performance while reducing development time and cost of delivery.

Flex 4.5

Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver CS5.5 features give Web professionals the ability to bring high-impact content experiences and mobile apps to the latest form factors across Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS platforms. Enhancements to the multiscreen preview panel in Dreamweaver support the latest in media queries, WebKit engine updates, and CSS3 attributes, enabling side-by-side renderings of what a single design looks like on different form factors.

Dreamweaver

Scale Content

By selecting the Scale Content with Stage option in Flash Professional CS5.5, users can easily and quickly resize artwork and timeline data to adapt to different screens, saving time and multiple iterations.

Scale Content

HTML5 Support

New HTML5 support in Dreamweaver CS5.5 includes jQuery mobile framework integration for browser-based content and PhoneGap integration for native and mobile application design and development, continuing Adobes commitment to offer the best solutions for Web designers and developers to create browser-based content that gives users a seamless and immersive experience across virtually any screen.

HTML5 Support

Adobe Photoshop Touch SDK

With a free Adobe Photoshop Touch SDK (Software Development Kit), Adobe is opening the doors to two-way communication between mobile and tablet devices and Photoshop CS5, which allows developers to now offer a wide range of interactive apps. Adobe has developed three initial Photoshop Touch apps as examples of what can be done with the Adobe Photoshop Touch SDK from a creative standpoint: Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav.

Adobe Photoshop Touch SDK

Adobe Color Lava

Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop allows creative professionals to use their fingertips to mix colors on the iPad, and create custom color swatches and themes to transfer back into Photoshop. Adobe Color Lava is a companion app for Photoshop CS5, and was developed with the new Photoshop Touch SDK.

Adobe Color Lava

Adobe Eazel

Adobe Eazel for Photoshop lets digital artists create rich realistic paintings with their fingertips. These paintings can then be sent directly to Photoshop CS5 for compositing or for taking the artwork further. Adobe Eazel is a companion app for Photoshop CS5, and was developed with the new Photoshop Touch SDK.

Adobe Eazel

Adobe Nav

Adobe Nav for Photoshop allows users to select and control Photoshop tools using the iPad as the input surface, customize the toolbar, browse and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop files or easily create new files. Adobe Nav is a companion app for Photoshop CS5, and was developed with the new Photoshop Touch SDK.

Adobe Nav

Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition enters Creative Suite CS5.5 Production Premium, available for both Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows platforms for the first time. The completely re-written audio engine in Audition offers a robust toolset to record, edit, mix, master and sweeten audio, featuring professional editing and multitrack mixing tools, powerful noise-reduction and effects options.

Adobe Audition

Warp Stabilizer

Warp Stabilizer in After Effects CS5.5 eliminates unwanted camera movement by steadying shaky footage, making handheld footage appear as smooth as a camera mounted on a mechanical stabilizer.

Warp Stabilizer

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 features dual-system sound support from the new Merge Clips command in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, which lets users quickly sync video with high-quality audio recorded on separate devices like location recorders, ideal for Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) or RED workflows.

Adobe Premiere Pro

Rocket Fuel