Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 review

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Arriving just a year after the launch of Creative Suite 5, the new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 (CS5.5) has come out of the blue. Many designers will assume that it’s little more than a service update, and an expensive one at that. However, that’s not the case.

Adobe has decided that the world of leading-edge design moves too quickly to be satisfied with a two-year product cycle and so CS5.5 is the first release of a new annual x.5 strategy. It’s not a minor update either with no fewer than 11 application upgrades.

As always, if you want to get your hands on all the new design power you’ll have to shell out for the full CS5.5 Master Collection. However, the most popular way to buy into CS5.5 will be via one of the targeted suite editions.

What’s in each suite?

For this review, we’ve divided CS5.5 into the three main sections: Design Standard, Design Premium and Web Premium. (We’ve already published a full review of CS5.5 Production Premium.) And at the end you’ll find the overall verdict and details of an interesting new pricing structure.

Next: Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Design Standard.


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