Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud

Adobe has now announced that Adobe Creative Suite 6 and new product Adobe Creative Cloud is to be ready to ship in the next 30 days.  They are currently taking pre-orders.

Design Standard

Design Standard

Design & Web Premium

Design & Web Premium

Production Premium

Production Premium

Master Collection

Master Collection

Creative Cloud

Creative Cloud

US$ 1,299 US$ 1,899 US$ 1,899 US$ 2,599 US$ 49.99

The following bundle packages will be available as always from Adobe:

Design Standard $1,299 (approximately £800)

Including Applications: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat X Pro.

Design and Web Premium Collection $1,899 (approximately £1,179)

Including Applications: Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Professional, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat X Pro, or the Production Premium collection, which includes Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Flash Professional, Illustrator, Photoshop Extended, Prelude, and SpeedGrade.

Master Collection $2,599 (approximately £1,600) containing all of the CS6 applications.

What is Creative Cloud?

Adobe® Creative Cloud™ is the digital hub that lets you download and install every Adobe Creative Suite® 6 application; access online services for file sharing, collaboration, and publishing; and benefit from new apps and features as soon as they’re released — giving you the freedom to create anything you can imagine. [source]

Adobe Creative Cloud is a subscription service offering the following features:

  • Download and Install any of the new Adobe Creative Suite 6 Applications.
  • Store and Share – Cloud-based storage of your creations and the ability to share them with the community.
  • Publish Apps and Websites – Creative Cloud breaks down the barriers to getting your content out to the world. You can easily publish your website using Adobe’s hosting services.

It is estimated that there will be two levels of subscription membership available:

  • $49.99 Per Month for an Annual Membership.
  • $74.99 Per Month for a month-to-month basis.

There is also discounted options for Student and Teacher as well as a discounted rate for current Creative Suite customers:

  • $29.99 Per Month for a Student and Teacher Edition.
  • $29.99 Per Month for current Creative Suite Customers.

Introductory offer for current CS customers

Current Creative Suite customers save US$20 per month for the first year on a Creative Cloud membership. This offer is available only to licensed customers of Creative Suite editions or individual products, version CS3 or later (CS3.x, CS4, CS5.x, or CS6), who purchase directly from Adobe.

Adobe Creative Cloud / Buying Guide : Product Comparison [link]

Adobe Creative Suite 6 – Master Collection.

Lets take a quick look at what is included in the Adobe Creative Suite 6 – Master Collection, as this is the collection where you receive a full collection of all Adobe Applications.

What is Master Collection?

Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Master Collection software delivers unprecedented performance with blazing-fast 64-bit native support and GPU acceleration. Groundbreaking new creative tools provide innovative ways to design for the latest devices. With exceptional power and precision, you can create inspiring experiences that go anywhere.* [source]

What’s inside

Photoshop Extended Photoshop® CS6 Extended
Illustrator Illustrator® CS6
InDesign InDesign® CS6
Acrobat X Pro Acrobat® X Pro
Flash Professional Flash® Professional CS6
Flash Builder Flash Builder® 4.6 Premium Edition
Dreamweaver Dreamweaver® CS6
Fireworks Fireworks® CS6
Adobe Premiere Pro Adobe Premiere® Pro CS6
After Effects After Effects® CS6
Adobe Audition Adobe Audition® CS6
SpeedGrade SpeedGrade™ CS6
Adobe Prelude Prelude™ CS6
Encore Encore® CS6
Bridge Bridge CS6
Media Encoder Media Encoder CS6

New Features of the four main programs.

Adobe Photoshop Extended

  • Content-Aware image retouching tools
  • Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine*
  • Simplified 3D design*
  • New and reengineered design tools
  • Accelerated, nondestructive image cropping
  • Reflections and draggable shadows for 3D*
  • Auto-save and recovery
  • Background Save
  • Easy alignment in 3D*
  • Intuitive video creation
  • Photographic blur effects on images
  • Intelligent auto-corrections for images
  • Scripted Patterns
  • Painting and drawing improvements
  • Revolutionary erodible brushes

Adobe Illustrator

  • Adobe Mercury Performance System
  • Efficient, customizable interface
  • Seamless vector pattern creation
  • Powerful image tracing engine
  • Gradients applied to strokes

Adobe InDesign

  • Liquid Layout
  • Alternate Layout
  • PDF forms
  • Linked content
  • Content Collector tools

Adobe Dreamweaver

  • Blazing-fast FTP performance
  • Fluid grid layout
  • jQuery Mobile and Adobe PhoneGap™ updates
  • Adobe Business Catalyst® integration
  • Pure CSS3 transitions

System requirements

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor with 64-bit support; Intel Core®2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor required for Adobe® Premiere® Pro, After Effects®, and Encore®; Intel Core i7 processor required for Adobe SpeedGrade™
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP* with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1; Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit) required for Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Encore; Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 required for SpeedGrade
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended) for 32 bit; 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended) for 64 bit
  • 14.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • Additional disk space required for disk cache, preview files, and other working files (10GB recommended)
  • 1280×900 display with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM; 1680×1050 display required, and second professionally calibrated viewing display recommended for SpeedGrade
  • OpenGL 2.0–capable system
  • Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft WDM/MME
  • DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs (DVD+-R burner for burning DVDs; Blu-ray burner for creating Blu-ray Disc media)
  • Java™ Runtime Environment 1.6 (included)
  • Eclipse™ 3.7 (for plug-in installation of Adobe Flash® Builder®); the following distributions are supported: Eclipse IDE for Java EE and Java Developers, Eclipse Classic, Eclipse for PHP Developers
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features, multimedia, and HTML5 media playback
  • Dedicated GPU card required for SpeedGrade (for optimal performance in SpeedGrade and for GPU-accelerated features in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: NVIDIA Quadro 4000, 5000, or 6000 or other Adobe-certified GPU card with at least 1GB of VRAM recommended); visit http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/extend.html for supported cards
  • Optional: Tangent CP200 family or Tangent Wave control surface for SpeedGrade
  • Optional: For SDI output, NVIDIA Quadro SDI Output card required for SpeedGrade
  • Optional: 7200 RPM hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, preferably RAID 0 configured, recommended) for video products
  • This software will not operate without activation. Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.† Phone activation is not available.

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 15.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • Additional disk space required for disk cache, preview files, and other working files (10GB recommended)
  • 1280×900 display with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM; 1680×1050 display required and second professionally calibrated viewing display recommended for Adobe SpeedGrade
  • OpenGL 2.0–capable system
  • DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs (SuperDrive for burning DVDs; Blu-ray burner for creating Blu-ray Disc media)
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
  • Eclipse 3.7 Cocoa version (for plug-in installation of Adobe Flash Builder; the following distributions are supported: Eclipse IDE for Java EE and Java Developers, Eclipse Classic, Eclipse for PHP Developers
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features, multimedia, and HTML5 media playback
  • Dedicated GPU card recommended (for optimal performance in SpeedGrade and for GPU-accelerated features in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: NVIDIA Quadro 4000 or other Adobe-certified GPU card with at least 1GB of VRAM recommended); visit http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/extend.html for supported cards
  • Optional: Tangent CP200 family or Tangent Wave control surface for SpeedGrade
  • Optional: 7200 RPM hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, preferably RAID 0 configured, recommended) for video products
  • This software will not operate without activation. Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.† Phone activation is not available.

* Adobe Photoshop® Extended 3D features and some GPU-enabled features are not supported on Windows XP.

For more details on the Adobe Creative Suite Family visit Adobe’s website here.

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