Adobe CS3. March 27. The official launch.

david h's picture

"A new era in creative expression is about to unfold, freeing us to color outside the lines, to think in multiple dimensions, to engage audiences like never before.

On March 27, 2007, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, Adobe Systems will host* a webcast of the official launch of Adobe® Creative Suite® 3, live from New York City. To participate, bookmark this page and join us back here on March 27."

*by Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen and COO Shantanu Narayen.

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/launchevent/

James Scriven's picture

I read that the other day on their website and immediately called Adobe hoping they would clarify if it was an actual release, or if we would have to waut longer. The lovely ladie did not know so I can only cross my fingers and hope so, I am very over the crashing on my intel laptop.

Cant wait either way. . .

Nick Shinn's picture

I wonder if there will be any mention of typography, or even OpenType?
Now that would really blow my mind into several another dimensions.

I was just looking at a print ad for Quark 7 (already Intel native, BTW) -- and no mention at all of type, despite the fact that v.7 is the first XPress version to support it!

Da Kine's picture

RE- “A new era in creative expression is about to unfold, freeing us to color outside the lines, to think in multiple dimensions, to engage audiences like never before."

Oh my God... Maybe good ol' Bruce needs a new copy writer!
D~

canderson's picture

I am very over the crashing on my intel laptop.

I'm not sure I understand your comment. CS 3 may include some fixes too complex to include in a CS 2 update. However, it will also contain new features, and hence new bugs. Some designers are only recently switching to CS 2. InDesign 4.0.4 is going to be as good as it gets for a while....

blank's picture

Wow, it's going to be like an Apple press conference without all the fawning media lackeys.

Why can't they just cut the crap and get the software out? Some of us would just like a version of Indesign that runs on Mactel machines without rounding to the nearest ten-thousandth of a point.

Si_Daniels's picture

>it’s going to be like an Apple press conference without all the fawning media lackeys.

That's like saying it's going to be a pub-crawl with no beer! What's the point? I for one am waiting for CS4!

Monoecus's picture

There has been rumours that it is not sure that Adobe will ship CS3 immediately: http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=2550

Hiroshige's picture

Cue the iLaunch.

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Hiro

Alessandro Segalini's picture

Apple announces the new iRack !

Don McCahill's picture

> called Adobe hoping they would clarify if it was an actual release, or if we would have to wait longer

I would be surprised if the announcement date is the release date. Based on past announcements, it would be 6 to 8 weeks to ship date. But things are different this time. There never was a pre-announcement 1 year early, as Chizen did last year, and there was never a public beta before.

> I wonder if there will be any mention of typography, or even OpenType?

I suspect we will see a glyphs palette like ID has in Photoshop (or is that already in CS2 ... I skipped that one).

AndrewSipe's picture

Anybody know what will be included in CS3? We all know the dramatic changes in Photoshop; what about Illustator and InDesign? Is Imageready being replace by Fireworks? What about Flash and Dreamweaver?

I'm guessing there's going to be several different bundles. The Web Bundle, The Desktop Bundle, The Professional Bundle and the Educational Bundle, plus maybe even a Beginner's/Family Bundle.

It seems like only yesterday CS2 was being debuted.

Where's our Adobe insider, Miguel?

blank's picture

There has been rumours that it is not sure that Adobe will ship CS3 immediately:

Creative Cow magazine leaked the release date for Production Suite back in January. That one's coming out in June, I think it's safe to assume that Creative Suite will come out shortly before or simultaneously.

vinceconnare's picture

Gee it wasn't long ago I bought CS2 and now there is CS3.. I just looked at it and hmm nothing noticeably different and it didn't load my nik Sharpener or Power Retouch Pro filters... so what's all the fuss?

dezcom's picture

I could care less about PhotoShop revisions. It does what I need it to do and it is less prone to crash than any of the other suite apps. I just really want some semlance of stability in InDesign and Illustrator with some real opentype goodies. I don't need glitz, I just need stable bits.

ChrisL

James Scriven's picture

I say Intel (Mactel) because CS2 is not built for Mac's on the intel chips, hence the bugs and crashes that are on top of anythign else that arleady exists. To run CS2 on the Mactel requires that slug of a program Rosetta to run behind the scenes.

There have been a number of other duiscussions regarding these Intel crashes.

Don MacDonald's picture

March 27 will be the announce date, not the ship date. That will be "later in the spring."

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

I think the improvements in Photoshop are terrific and worth the upgrade. I hope the rest of suite is as impressive.

Sharon

AndrewSipe's picture

Well, I was partially right, there are several version.

http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=2600 : Leaked info on CS3

blank's picture

Too bad there isn't a ”mix your own” version. I'd love to get a discount by dumping version cue.

Spire's picture

I’d love to get a discount by dumping version cue.

Hear, hear. And the Bridge too.

Miss Tiffany's picture

You can deactivate Version Cue and the Bridge is actually useful for using it as a light table. I don't use it for anything else.

dezcom's picture

I think the point is that Adobe might charge less for smaller bundles and allow the user to mix and match the parts that they really use.

ChrisL

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

Version Cue is a huge dissappointment. We never could get it to work.

I don't use flash, my partner does all our flash work. I wish I could get Dreamweaver in the Design Standard package. Maybe next upgrade it won't be so expensive. I just hope for not too many bugs.

Adobe was smart to put out CS3 early. I'm hooked. No way would I go back to an earlier version.

Sharon

Miss Tiffany's picture

The 2.3 update has Dreamweaver in it.

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

If it wasn't Dreamweaver CS3 it might not have helped. I really don't think this is too expensive. I'm looking forward to the upgrade.

Sharon

blank's picture

Mix-and-match CS suite builder would make a killer Flash app.

Mark Simonson's picture

I watched part of today's webcast. The new apps look very interesting and seem like worthy upgrades. There was almost no mention of new type features (if there are any), but some seem to be implied.

For example, Flash can now import Photoshop and Illustrator files directly, and one of the options is to keep imported text editable. This seems to imply that Flash will now support OpenType. If not, then I'm not sure how this could work. The question is, if this is true, what is the extent that Flash users will have to OT features, etc.?

Also, I noticed on the feature list for Illustrator CS3 a bullet point that says "Advanced typography." It has a little plus sign disclosure box, which usually means more information hidden below, but it doesn't do anything if you click on it.

dezcom's picture

The only thing I heard was that bullet lists would be automatic and there will be styles for tables.

ChrisL

James Scriven's picture

It all looks pretty nice. Liking the colour thing in Illustrator, and InDesign just looks plain better. Export from ID to XHTML... we shal see. The new dreamweaver ajax widgets look nice. Im pretty pumped.

Did anyone catch a release date?

paul d hunt's picture

a little birdie told me that the languages specific tags will finally be supported, if true, this seems very significant to me.

the release date that I saw is "late April" for for the US.

Scott Leyes's picture

According to MacWorld.com:

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Standard and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Standard will begin shipping in April 2007. Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection will begin shipping worldwide in the third quarter of 2007.

Creative Suite 3 Design Premium will cost $1799, Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium will be $1599, Creative Suite 3 Production Premium is $1699 and the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection will cost $2499. There are also numerous upgrade paths available for Adobe customers.

My question: why the heck does Adobe seperate "Production" from "Design?" I can see (a little) where Web Designers wouldn't want to mess with a lot of pre-press stuff, but C'MON ALREADY -- Most of the world still needs ink on paper, and that means designers who know production!

Considering that A) the "art" of production (those professionals whose one-and-only job is pre-press) has continually dissolved over the years as more and more of the "production" burden is rolled into the designers' work ("just send me the file..." -- who cares if it's not color-corrected/separated/etc.), and B) Adobe spends so much of their press time hyping the concept of multi-purposing documents ("...your InDesign print job transfers seamlessly into Dreamweaver and displays on a Nokia phone!"), WHY OH WHY does Adobe kepp "crippling" their mainstream (read: affordable) bundles by leaving out real production tools?

Mark Simonson's picture

"Production Premium" is basically Premier, After Effects, Soundbooth, and Encore, with Flash, Illustrator, and Photoshop thrown in. "Production" as in film and video production, not print production. The previous version was called "Production Studio Premium."

Mark Simonson's picture

Also, in the "Design" and "Web" areas, you can get the basic Photoshop/InDesign/Illustrator bundle or the Dreamweaver/Flash/Fireworks bundle for $1999 and $999 respectively. The three "Premium" bundles take, say the basic "Design" bundle and add a couple of "Web" apps (but not all the "Web" apps). The thing that seems to be missing in this line up is a basic "Production" bundle (After Effects/Premier/Soundbooth/Encore) without either "Web" or "Design" apps.

dezcom's picture

I just ordered the Design Suite. The final page on the pre-purchase site said it was due to ship in mid April.

ChrisL

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