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Adobe CS5.5 - What's New and Upgraded for Each Major Product

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  1. Thanks for the product blow by blow, that’s helpful. I had a question. If I go ahead and buy CS5.5 now and then within 6 or 9 months CS6 is released, will I get a free upgrade?

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  2. Hey ProDesign,
    Thanks for the breakdown on all the CS5.5 upgrades. Great synopsis and very in-depth.
    Looking forward to checking out these new changes to the software!

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    • Actually, to effectively save back to previous InDesign versions, you just need to export your document as an InDesign Markup (IDML) file… Naturally, you may lose usage of newer features that aren’t supported in prior releases.

      Please see this help page from the online manual for more information on InDesign backwards compatibility and how to do it.

      This technique was also outlined by the Q&A posted in response to Trevor’s question above. Hope it helps.

  3. I am considering getting CS5 but I am unsure if it will be compatable with my hardware. I have a AMD Phenom 9750 Quad Core processor and the info you provide says requirements are Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor.

    Does that mean it will not run on my system or I will have issues running it? I want to be sure it will run before I pay the high cost of the software. You should provide a system check function on your website to allow people to verify compatibility before making a purchase.

    Thanks, James

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    • Welcome James, thanks for your feedback. That’s an interesting idea, and you may want to pass it along to Adobe directly

      But in the meantime, if the hardware requirements for Creative Suite 5 are unclear for your computer, you actually can do a sort of “system check” yourself by just trying out the software first, free of charge…

      Just download, install, and run the free trial, which is fully-functional for 30 days. Be sure to create a System Restore Point first within Microsoft Windows – and then if the CS5.5 trial doesn’t work out for you, just uninstall it and restore your system to the previous state.

      Hope this helps!

  4. Is there a utility that will do backwards saving of an Adobe InDesign 5.5 file to an earlier version, like Adobe InDesign CS5?

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    • Great question Steve – but not that we’re aware of at this time… If anybody does know of any such utility, please do post it here. There do exist downsaving services that will do that for a nominal fee if you like.

      Quite coincidentally, we were out at Adobe MAX earlier this week and brought up this exact question with a high-placed Adobe Evangelist. File format proliferation is becoming a bit of an issue, especially now that Adobe is releasing a new version of Creative Suite once per year

      So keep your fingers crossed and hopefully we’ll see some kind of solution to this problem by the time that CS6 arrives.

      In the meantime, the main option is to download and run a free working trial of InDesign CS5.5 to do the file save-back. If you’ve already exhausted your free trial and don’t/can’t upgrade at this time, the other more affordable option is to get a one-month subscription to run CS5.5.

  5. I have the Adobe Standard CS3 and want to know if I can upgrade straight to the Adobe Premium CS5.5. Or do I have to have the CS4 to upgrade? Please let me know.

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  6. I just bought Premiere Pro 5.5 and I was going to buy After Effects 5.5, but I read that you can’t use the 2 of them together unless you bought the Creative suite. Is this true?

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    • No, that’s not true Luis. You can definitely use them together either separately or within a suite.

      However, they will work better together and be more integrated when bundled in a suite. The reason is because of Dynamic Link – which is only included in the suite editions. Dynamic Link makes cross-application workflow very quick and easy.

      So instead of buying AE CS5.5 outright, you might take a look at getting the full Production Premium CS5.5 Suite for half price, which is actually cheaper anyway.

      And if you just bought Premiere Pro, then you could possibly return that for a money-back refund and really come out ahead.

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