Adobe historically ships a new version of Elements every year, in the fall – but when exactly? Let’s do some digging and find the release schedules for recent versions:
|Version||Announce Date||Ship Date||Based On||Platforms|
|* Our estimate|
|Elements 6||Sept. 24, 2007||Sept. 24, 2007||CS3||Windows, Mac|
|Elements 7||Aug. 26, 2008||Oct. 6, 2008||CS3, CS4||Windows|
|Elements 8||Sept. 23, 2009||Sept. 23, 2009||CS4||Windows, Mac|
|Elements 9||Sept. 21, 2010||Sept. 21, 2010||CS4, CS5||Windows, Mac|
|Elements 10||Sept. 22, 2011*||Sept. 22, 2011*||CS5.1, 5.5||Windows, Mac*|
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Adobe has publicly confirmed what they’ve been hinting for a while now: a new annual release schedule for the Creative Suite – with milestone releases in even years, and mid-cycle releases in odd years. The shift comes as the technology world turns faster from the previous cycles of 18-24 months historically.
Adobe didn’t actually say what future CS versions would be named or called – but for the sake of simplicity, let’s presume they continue with the established trend…
They also gave guidance on “when” during each year, the expected timing for the launches… What’s more (and importantly), Adobe Photoshop will be getting a significant upgrade in CS6, after relatively minor updates for CS5.5.
Read on below for the specific details from the recent conference call and subsequent question and answer session… Or just read the full transcript.