Adobe Ships Creative Suite 6, Creative Cloud Up Next

Adobe Systems announced the immediate availability of Adobe Creative Suite 6 on May 7 and said Adobe Creative Cloud will be available May 11.

Adobe Systems announced the availability of Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6) software and said its Creative Cloud would become available May 11.

Adobe introduced CS6 and Creative Cloud at a launch event on April 23 and said the technology would be generally available within 30 days. The CS6 product line includes new releases of Photoshop, InDesign, lllustrator, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash Professional and other products as well as four suite versions: Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium, Creative Suite 6 Design Standard, Creative Suite 6 Production Premium and Creative Suite 6 Master Collection.

Adobe Creative Cloud is a new way of providing tools and services for creative professionals worldwide. A subscription-based offering, Adobe Creative Cloud is a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work and it is centered around the release of Adobe Creative Suite 6 software, which features innovation across its design, Web, video and digital-imaging tools. CS6 point product subscriptions will also be available May 11.

€œWe announced Creative Cloud and CS6 two weeks ago, and these releases have caught the imagination of creatives everywhere,€ David Wadhwani, senior vice president of the Digital Media Business at Adobe, said in a statement. €œToday we're shipping CS6 and look forward to the beginning of an exciting new era as we introduce Creative Cloud later this week.€

Top new features across the CS6 product line include new levels of performance with tools that take advantage of Adobe Mercury Graphics functionality, allowing users to go from ideas to finished work faster than before. The CS6 lineup also features new user interfaces that simplify workflows, so users can focus on their content and achieve results quicker. And there are new capabilities that streamline the creation of responsive content and give Websites and apps a consistent appearance across different screen sizes and form factors.

Meanwhile, Adobe Creative Cloud membership delivers access to download and install all CS6 applications, new HTML5 desktop products€”Adobe Muse 1.0 and Adobe Edge preview€”and deep integration with Adobe Touch Apps. The Creative Cloud also provides easy storage and sharing of content across desktop, mobile devices and the cloud. It delivers integrated Website publishing and hosting. And it provides ongoing innovation that provides members with the most up-to-date products and services.

Adobe Creative Suite 6 products are immediately available through Adobe authorized resellers, the Adobe Store in North America and Adobe direct sales. Estimated street price for the suites is $2,599 for CS6 Master Collection, $1,899 for CS6 Production Premium, $1,899 for CS6 Design & Web Premium and $1,299 for CS6 Design Standard. Upgrade and education pricing as well as volume licensing are available.

Adobe Creative Cloud membership is available to customers in 36 countries and in multiple languages. Pricing for Creative Cloud membership for individuals is $49.99 per month based on annual membership and $74.99 per month for month-to-month membership. A special introductory offer of $29.99 per month for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 individual customers is also available. Education pricing is available.