CS5.5 is Here – Adobe Launches Creative Suite 5.5
[UPDATE (May 2012) – The all-new Creative Suite 6 is now shipping!]
Yes – Adobe CS5.5 has just been announced with all the details… Pretty much on the timeframe we forecast, you can learn about and order any of the new products or suite editions, or download a free CS5.5 trial. And while the version and software have changed, the boxes look much the same as before.
For this “mid-cycle release” coming one year after CS5 first arrived, Adobe is offering similar configurations and prices, but with most of the individual products receiving additional features, enhanced functionality, updated technologies, or nice performance boosts.
Overall we present some highlights here, but see our two companion “what’s new” articles for: (1) an overview of the key differences between CS5 and CS5.5, including what’s been added and what’s been taken away, and (2) a detailed product-by-product review of the significant new features and enhancements in CS5.5.
Why CS5.5? — Industry Landscape is Rapidly Changing
- A year ago, Android was just starting to gain traction, and the iPad was brand new
- Emerging web standards like HTML5 and CSS3 were very early in their adoption
- Proliferation of devices and their need for rich design & interactivity, content & apps
- Trend towards “video and media everywhere,” any time, any place, on multiple screens
- CS5 is evolving to keep ahead of this fast-changing, cross-platform marketplace
- CS5.5 capitalizes on these key trends with major focus on mobile, media, and video
- The next major revision of Creative Suite (CS6) won’t be out for quite some time
CS5.5 Pricing, Upgrades, Availability, and Requirements
The CS5.5 Price Sheet shows the complete pricing for the full versions in major geographies and currencies. Upgrade pricing from older versions (CS2, CS3, and CS4) has edged up a bit, by 5%-19%. The cost to upgrade from CS5 to CS5.5 ranges from $119-$179 for the individual point products, and $299-$539 for the suites. If you’re considering upgrading from your current tools, here’s a helpful upgrade guide with the discount levels.
If you need to run multiple users with Creative Suite, check out the volume license program. Adobe is also now offering a subscription option for new purchases of full commercial products (not for upgrades or students/education).
The hardware requirements for CS 5.5 are essentially identical to those for CS5. Premiere Pro CS5.5 and After Effects CS5.5 continue to be 64-bit-only products, however all of the other applications will run well on both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. And the new suite editions do still include the CS4 versions of Premiere Pro and After Effects for the benefit of those still on 32-bit computers.
Adobe has also put together an excellent FAQ that addresses a lot of general questions. And the online documentation for all CS 5.5 applications just went up. There have also been several “Ask a CS Pro” Q&A sessions where Adobe experts answer popular questions about the new release.
Lastly, one of the frequently asked questions for CS5.5: If you’re still running an older version like CS2, CS3, or CS4, there is currently a grace period in effect where if you buy or upgrade to CS5 now, you’ll get a further free upgrade to CS5.5 once it is released…