Adobe CS6 released
- — 23 April, 2012 22:00
Designers, movie editors, photographers and web designers take note: a year after incremental update CS5.5, Adobe has launched the next major version, CS6.
Creative Suite is the collective title for Adobe’s design and development toolset, which consists of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Audition, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Fireworks, Flash Pro and Acrobat. The last full version was released two years ago.
CS6 introduces a membership-model through Adobe’s Creative Cloud service, which allows users to pay a monthly fee of AUD$63–$95 (NZ$79–$120) for access to the latest version of Creative Suite and a range of online services, rather than paying for the current version of the entire suite outright. Traditional boxed editions of CS6 will still be released, but we have no New Zealand pricing as yet.
Some of the more prominent changes include a rewritten Adobe Illustrator with 64-bit support, additional GPU acceleration in Photoshop via the Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine (from Adobe Premiere), added tools for digital content creation and publishing in InDesign, and a new colour scheme across the entire suite’s user interface.
Adobe Edge, available to Creative Cloud members only (not within the boxed versions of CS6) allows for the creation of animations and simple interactive elements (such as website banners and menus) in HTML 5.
Adobe now recommends that HTML 5 be used for such elements in place of widely installed browser plug-in Adobe Flash.
Flash development is still supported in CS6 through Flash Pro, which the company recommends for use in ‘performance’ web applications such as DRM-enabled HD video streaming and graphically intense 3D gaming.