Adobe Ships CS2 Ahead of Schedule

The new version of the graphics suite is priced at $899 for standard and $1,199 for premium.

Adobe Systems announced Wednesday that the new version of its graphics suite, Adobe Creative Suite 2, is shipping in the United States and Canada, several days ahead of the companys projected May shipping date. Also, all of the products included in CS2 now are available as standalone applications.

According to an Adobe spokesperson, international copies of the suite still are expected to ship in late May or early June.

In addition, Adobe announced that its Stock Photos service, which comes integrated into both the premium and standard editions of CS2, is now functional.

Stock Photos provides users with one-stop shopping for hundreds of thousands of images from stock services including Amana, Comstock Images by Jupitermedia, Digital Vision, Imageshop, Photodisc by Getty Images and Royalty Free by Zefaimages.

"Stock Photos gives creative professionals ready access to images without interrupting the creative process. The ability to search and purchase royalty-free images directly from within Adobe applications saves time and helps make the overall design process more seamless," said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief operating officer at Adobe Systems Inc.

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The standard edition of Adobe CS2 comprises its Photoshop CS2 image-editing program, Illustrator CS2 vector-graphics program, InDesign CS2 page-layout program and Version Cue CS2 file management program. It also comes with Adobe Bridge, the suites centralized file browser, and Adobe Stock Photos, and has an estimated street price of $899.

The Premium edition comes with all of the applications included in the standard version, and in addition includes the GoLive CS2 Web design program and Acrobat 7.0 Professional. It is expected to retail for $1,199.

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