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    • Hi Eric, good question! There are some who say it will never happen, and some who say it’s inevitable… Many people would like the option at least, and on the Android platform the Flash Player continues to be a top-downloaded app (#4 right now). Adobe has made a lot of strides for mobile devices with the most recent releases of Flash Player 10.2 and 10.1.

      In the meanwhile, it is possible to run Flash on the iPad via an app like iSwifter… It works by translating the Flash content on a cloud server and then delivering it in a format the iPad will accept (i.e., HTML5 and CSS3) – it’s not perfect but performs pretty well for what it does, for some games and video.

      Thanks for visiting and for your comments!

  1. Thanks for this useful information. The question I have is about interim vs. milestone upgrade pricing. When I upgraded from CS4 to CS5, it was about $1000. Will the upgrade from CS5.5 to CS6 be a full milestone upgrade price or will it be similar to the interim price?

    Obviously, if CS5 to CS5.5 is $600 (approx) and the upgrade to CS5.5 to CS6 is $600, then this has some value. But if the upgrade from CS5.5 to CS6 if another $1000, it makes it hard to justify. With this new model of interim/milestone upgrades, is there any information about the ongoing plans for upgrade pricing?

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    • That’s a really great question Randy, thanks for bringing that up. Obviously CS6 won’t be out for another ~1 year, so we can’t know precisely what Adobe’s pricing will be at that time. However, it should work as you described it in the first example – that to upgrade to a midpoint release and then again to a milestone release (e.g., twice from CS5 –> CS5.5 –> CS6) should cost not too much more than to upgrade just between major releases (once from CS5 –> CS6).

      This is confirmed by Adobe’s tiered upgrade pricing policy, whereby “… customers who upgrade at every release [receive] a lower upgrade price relative to customers who upgrade less frequently. This means that customers upgrading to Creative Suite 5.5 from Creative Suite 5 will pay a lower upgrade price compared to customers upgrading from an earlier version of Creative Suite.”

      And this is confirmed by Adobe’s upgrade cost schedule, where the discounts are always greater the more recent your installed version is.

      We recommend upgrading as soon as possible if you think you’ll benefit signficantly from the new software. The reasons are twofold: (1) you have that much more opportunity to win from the latest time-saving and productivity and performance gains (where time = money) to recoup your investment, and (2) you run less risk of waiting and then buying a product shortly before the next release comes out. Adobe is now trying to be more open about the future release schedule including CS6, so that people have a better framework to plan from, and there will be fewer surprises and less frustration.

      Appreciate the comments and hope this helps!

  2. My question revolves specifically around Photoshop. I upgraded to CS4 when that came out but didn’t feel there was enough reason for me to change when CS5 was released until recently, when I purchased a Mac Pro and filled it with 32 gigs of RAM, allowing me to make use of the 64-bit processing…

    Right now I am on the last day of a trial for CS5.1, knowing that Photoshop didn’t get an upgrade to 5.5 like some other CS applications. What I really want to know is whether Photoshop will see an upgrade to CS6 in the near future or are we still talking about spring/summer next year?

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  3. @ Eric
    Not anytime soon. Apple does not seem to like Adobe and it is rumored that apple is working on their own “apple media (flash) player” for apple videos and such.

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  4. Releasing CS6 right now would not be wise from a business point of view. If you compare it to the music industry, artists release an album, go on our tour and create a buzz about their new release. Artist managers and label executives, then monitor the album sales and try to get a sense for how well the album is doing. Once album sales start to drop, the artist then releases another album.

    However, I am looking forward to release of CS6. I’m hoping it has new features that relate to the new web technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3.

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  5. My issue with CS6 is a bit different. I have a 2-year software maintenance contract that rolled together previous individual volume purchases for about 250 machines. Problem is that Adobe won’t update individual components – like Acrobat Pro 9 – until CS6 is out. So I have both Pro 9 and Reader X deployed to workstations. This is unlike any other vendor we have these maintenance contracts with! (With Microsoft, any time any individual component updates, we can update it – and often a month or two before it hits stores we can get the RTM versions as well.)

    Adobe’s products don’t deploy well in a relatively locked-down school environment, so from a support (more than a user) standpoint, my patience with Adobe’s schedule tweaks in contrast to their 2-year license terms makes me uncomfortable about signing these types of expensive maintenance agreements with them again. As useful as we’ve found the tools we’ve purchased, we will likely freeze our updates when this one expires and begin looking for alternatives to Adobe now for the future. And that is just too bad.

    Just hope CS6 comes out soon. Otherwise we’ve bought a very expensive two-year maintenance license for CS5 when it came out, only to have gotten Photoshop 5.1 and no upgrade to Acrobat 9 – the two tools used most.

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    • Hi Dan, thank you for your comment. That all sounds quite strange – because if you have a maintenance agreement with Adobe on the Upgrade Plan, then you should be able to upgrade for free to all official releases of the Creative Suite…

      CS5 contained Acrobat 9 but CS5.5 includes Acrobat X, and with the Plan you get the right to any future upgrades released during your chosen coverage period – so in our understanding, if you want it then you should be able to have it.

      Please contact Adobe Customer Support to confirm, and update here to let us know if you could – thanks!

  6. Pete, I also am a web developer and die hard Adobe Fireworks user. I would absolutely hate if it was removed from the lineup. On the other hand it would be an idea to combine Fireworks and Photoshop and just switch back and forth between web graphics mode and Photoshop mode, but then Adobe wouldn’t get the extra money from people who use Fireworks and Photoshop already.

    This article answered a LOT of my questions!

    My new question is, what features can/might Adobe include in CS7? As in what’s the next, next thing to work towards?

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  7. Hello
    I wonder about the CS 6, wait for the release? I want to buy the educational version. I do not want to have to start the “old” software [CS 5.5]. I do not buy an upgrade soon. What to do?

    It is known that can work well on older programs.
    New products are not very revolutionary.

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  8. @ProDesignTools

    Thank you for your response.

    Too many unknowns. I decide on Adobe CS5.5 Design Standard Student & Teacher. I’ll wait to upgrade to CS 7 :)

    I’ll probably only have to buy upgrades CS6 and CS7 in 2014. If nothing changes in the upgrading policy.

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  9. Is it really necessary to upgrade to newer versions of Creative Suite each time? These products are very expensive and the core functionalities are pretty much the same from version to version.

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  10. Thanks.

    I own CS4 and CS5 Master Collections. Since upgrading to CS5, CS4 hardly gets used although I have not plans of getting rid of my original boxed copy.

    However, shortly after I purchased CS5, CS5.5 was shipped which left me scratching my head. Apart from being important to my line of work, I am a strong supporter of Adobe, and I try my best to stay up to date with most Adobe products.

    CS6 will be no exception, even if I can’t afford to upgrade right away. Regards.

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  11. @ Peter Huang

    I know the release date of Adobe Creative Suite CS6. Well not the exact date, but the Month. June 2012. I do procurement for Government schools and called Adobe directly for bids. They encouraged me to buy Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 and to purchase the upgrade module as Creative Suite CS6 would be released in June. He informed me that this would automatically be sent to the district, giving us time to install prior to the fall semester. Hope this helps.

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  12. Will they fix the autosave bug that currently corrupts assets in Flash CS5.5? Why don’t they take care of problems like this before coming out with a new update? Or, are all bugs being fixed with costly updates now?

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