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  1. Shashikant

    How long is `a long time` for CS6 to come out ? I am sure CS6 will be out by April 2012 – my prediction !!!!! Adobe people can not wait that long – do you agree ?

  2. James

    I currently have Adobe CS5 Design Premium. Will the new iPad apps be compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5 (not 5.5)?

  3. Hannah

    Since I already have CS5, will I be entitled to the free upgrade to 5.5 once it’s released? I purchased the CS5 in February 2011.

  4. Todd

    Im looking to upgrade my creative suite. Maybe a dumb question but is 5.5 a CS5 specific upgrade? I have old CS3, so will I be ok getting CS5.5? Thank you.

    • Welcome Todd, thank you for your comment. Creative Suite 5.5 is a release and upgrade for everyone, no matter which version you currently have, not just for CS5…

      In fact, starting next month Adobe will only sell 5.5, so soon it will become their only release to purchase or update to…

      So if you’ve got CS2, CS3, or CS4, there definitely exists a discounted upgrade path for you to get to CS5.5.

      One final note – if you buy CS5 (the existing release) now, it’s less expensive and there exists a grace period for a free upgrade to CS 5.5 when it’s released.

      Hope this helps!

  5. Mihai

    Is the upgrade from CS5 to CS5.5 free, or at a price?

  6. Richard Proskow

    I have just purchased 3 licenses to upgrade from CS3 to CS5. None have been installed yet. Am I eligible for a free upgrade to CS5.5? How do I go about getting it?

  7. lizzy

    I need to be able to open some of my CS5 files into CS4 – and have been able to do that with some instructions I got from the internet. Will I still be able to do that with CS5.5?

  8. Momma

    Any changes to Photoshop that would improve my print and web design workflow?

  9. Min Lungelow

    Is it true that students aren’t allowed to update for a reduced cost, and may not have the money to buy another CS versions? I’m a college student, and that’s what I’m hearing.

    • Yes Min, this is true – it has been Adobe’s policy for many years that you can’t upgrade from one student edition to another. This is likely because of the deep price cuts that Adobe offers on these products (up to 80% off).

      However, you can upgrade from any education version to the full commercial version and get Adobe’s discounted upgrade pricing for existing customers, which is often less than buying another academic product.

      For example, if you already had CS5 Design Premium Student & Teacher Edition, you could upgrade to the full commercial version of CS5.5 Design Premium for $399. This is far less than the regular price of that CS5.5 product of $1,899.

      This might still be out of reach for some folks, but if you can’t upgrade then your existing product will continue to work for the same reasons you bought it initially. Read more about upgrading from Adobe’s student editions to CS5.5.

      Hope this helps.

  10. My company currently does not have any design software, and I am looking to purchase CS Design Standard. Should I proceed with CS5, or is it worth waiting for CS5.5?

  11. Min Lungelow

    @ProDesignTools
    Why not release the 5.5 as an update to 5 instead of offering it as a completely new product – it sounds less like you’re supporting your product and more like you want more money?

  12. craig eston

    Ive just bought cs5 design premium student/teacher but it remains unopened. Is it worth returning and purchasing cs5.5, or do the upgrades all come automatically when I register it?

    • Greetings Craig, thank you for your comment. The upgrades don’t come auto­matically, but if you recently purchased CS5, you may indeed qualify to receive them gratis – see the details on the CS 5.5 free upgrade policy…

      If not, there is always Adobe’s 30-day money-back return offer for all products, even if you’ve already opened, installed, and activated your software, and even if you purchased the product from a reseller or retailer. You would deactivate the software and then can initiate your return online for a refund, and then just order the new version you want.

      Hope this helps!

  13. Charlie Clifford

    I work for a printing company, we get so many files from customers built in different versions of Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Anyone who knows the industry, it is always best to open the customer’s files in the native program.

    My question is can you open a Indesign CS 5.5 file in the older Indesign CS 5 application, or do you need CS 5.5 to open and then export as an IDML file?

    Since Illustrator, from what I understand is untouched (is that true?) – and you can pretty much open any photoshop file with any version of photoshop.

    So should I just upgrade Indesign only? Or will this not pay off when they do release CS6 for upgrade pricing?

    Let me know what you think!

    Thanks,
    Charlie

    • Hello Charlie, thanks for your questions. Yes, Photoshop and Illustrator are largely unchanged with CS5.5, but InDesign and most of the other applica­tions have significant upgrades and changed file formats in the new release… See more details on the individual product feature additions, as well as the file changes (open/save/compatible).

      As for your question on upgrading, that depends on which product you have (see the cost) and which applications you use most… InDesign might be the most useful to upgrade in your particular business, but if you presently have a CS5 suite, it’s not possible to upgrade just a single component application.

      Usually you’re better off anyway moving the whole suite forward, and yes, with Adobe’s tiered upgrade pricing policy, you’d get a further discount when upgrading to CS6 because you’re that much closer. And, as you probably know, you can keep all previous CS versions running on the same computer, if you want to open older data files.

  14. sKrull

    So, I purchased the CS5 Master Collection in January, and while it would be awesome to get a free upgrade to 5.5, I’m curious how different the programs really are from 5.0…

    I’ve been trying to teach myself Dreamweaver and InDesign, and have invested a couple hundred dollars on training books and materials. Do you have any thoughts on if these books will be still valid with CS5.5?

    Thanks,

    • Hi sKrull, actually Dreamweaver and InDesign are probably the two applications that have changed and evolved the most from CS5 to CS5.5… We have another article with the details of what’s new in terms of features.

      That being said, most of the basic operation of the products remains similar. So you can probably continue to use the materials you have, as well as other resources like free Adobe CS5 tutorials, without any major difficulty.

      At a minimum, those should help you get you started – and you can always consult the free CS5.5 online documentation for new functions or other differences you encounter.

  15. I’m wondering if files can easily be exchanged between CS5 InDesign and CS5.5 InDesign. One of my clients is about to upgrade, but since my team is not planning to upgrade, I’m wondering about compatibility issues.

  16. Doug Hurd

    Can someone with CS5 open a native CS5.5 file?

    • Welcome Doug, good question. A native CS5.5 file, probably not… But in most cases, CS5.5 applications can save in a CS5 (or CS4) file format. Read more about how to backsave to prior versions.

      If you have a CS5.5 file in hand but not the product (i.e., haven’t upgraded and no other way to change the file), you can download a free working trial of CS 5.5 to save to the older format for backwards compatibility… The two software releases can run side-by-side on your computer without a problem.

  17. Josie

    Is there a preference for operating CS5.5 on Windows vs Mac? We have Windows in our office and would prefer to have the program installed on our office computers, however, if CS5.5 functions better in a Mac OS, I have a personal laptop I’m willing to use. Any thoughts?

    • Greetings Josie, Adobe CS5.5 will run well on either platform and the interface within the applications is essentially identical. Most people would say that it more depends on which system you are more comfortable with, as well as the comparative specifications of the two computers you are considering… Generally, you would want to go with the one with a better/faster configuration for best performance and results.

      See this forum thread for more interesting discussion on the topic which may help you.

      You can also get a CS5.5 license that runs on both platforms natively, if that’s useful for your needs.

  18. jgh

    If I buy CS5 now, sealed in the box (assuming true representation by the seller) from an Ebay seller, will I qualify for a free upgrade? If so what kind of documentation will I need?

    Thanks for your help!

  19. Bob Gordon

    So, an InDesign Doc created in CS5.5 cannot be opened in CS5, unless I save it down ? Is this correct ?

  20. Bub Sjostrom

    Hi, I have a graphic design blog and would love to share this post of yours on it, as well as the one here: https://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cs5-5-upgrade-overview-whats-new-each-product.html

    Would that be okay? I would give you full credit and link back. Thanks much!

  21. Lídio

    Olá, na versão Adobe Premiere cs4 havia um plugin (de terceiros) chamado Elemental accelerator, que se propunha a fazer um estupendo aproveitamento dos processadores da GPU em prol da edição de video. E mais ele se propunha a aproveitar a aceleração por GPU de mais de uma placa (aproveitamento multi-GPU, mas não é usando SLI, nem Crossfire). Pergunto; há alguma perspectiva neste sentido (aproveitamento multi-GPU) para a Adobe CS5.5 e o seu motor Mercury Playback?

  22. Reidun

    Hi!
    just to be sure: Will I be able to open my InDesign CS5 documents using the new CS5.5?

  23. Reidun

    @ProDesignTools
    Smashing! Thanks a bunch for your fast reply.

    Yes, I know about saving backwards, however, I was unsure about going the other way – even within the CS5 range. And since 5.5 is within the CS5-zone, so to speak, I was 90 percent sure that moving files from 5 to 5.5 would be unproblematic.

    However, the remaining 10 percent doubt has been dealt with now thanks to your help. Greeting and many thanks! :)

  24. charlie

    I have only done a little web design on a school Dreamweaver system. I am going to purchase Dreamweaver for myself, but I can’t find a comparison on the regular vs. the pro. Can you point me in the right direction?

    • Hey there Charlie, thank you for your comment… Could you elaborate a bit on what you mean by which edition of Dreamweaver? We have never seen more than one available – and it’s $149 for students in the Adobe Education Store.

      The only Creative Suite software for which there is a “Standard” vs. “Pro” edition is Acrobat (although one could say that Photoshop and Premiere also come in professional and “Elements” versions) – but that’s about it.

      There are some licensing differences between the regular and student editions of Dreamweaver – perhaps that’s what you’re referring to… The CS5.5 Product Matrix may help as well.

      Please let us know if this answers your question, or if we can help further!

  25. Teri

    Is it true that in CS5.5, the software will recognize a file in Mac format and open it on a PC?

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