Adobe unveils Creative Suite 5

Adobe has revealed the latest version of its Creative Suite, updating key software such as Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator and more.

Adobe Creative Suite 5

Adobe has unveiled Creative Suite 5, upgrading its design and development software such as Photoshop, Premiere and more with some intriguing new features.

The entire lineup has 250 new features, Adobe said. Flagship editing software Photoshop leads the way with a clever new tool dubbed Content Aware fill, which makes cutting a bit out of a photo and filling it in with background a quick automated job. (Click here for a video of Content Aware in action.)

Photoshop CS5 also features a new tool called Refine Edge, which finds the edge of an element of an image, to make masking easier, while InDesign CS5 promises better e-reader support for documents.

In addition, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects now also run natively in 64-bit Mac or Windows.

The suite includes a new system called Adobe Flash Catalyst, which the firm says will let designers create content without coding, and "improve the collaborative process between designer and developer."

Aside from the software updates, the CS5 lineup will also offer access to the new CS Live set up, which includes Omniture web tracking, integrating marketing and optimisation tools from the firm Adobe bought last September for $1.8 billion.

"While Creative Suite 5 continues Adobe's storied history of delivering astonishing new creative features, this release first and foremost addresses the challenges facing publishers and creatives worldwide - how to build profitable businesses around digital content," said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer at Adobe.

"By coupling sophisticated online business analytics with dazzling creative tools, we're ensuring that publishers, designers and marketers can create, deliver and optimise beautiful, high-impact digital experiences across media and devices," Narayen added in a statement.

The entire package can be picked up in the CS5 Master Collection for an expected cost in the UK of 2,303 excluding VAT, although upgrade pricing and smaller packages with select programmes are also available. CS5 will ship in 30 days.

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