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Adobe Announces Update to InDesign and Creative Suite CS5

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At Adobe’s Q1 analyst meeting today, Adobe announced an update for Creative Suite 5 is coming soon. No details about new features, products, or services were released.

We will, of course, bring you all the news as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, consider following any or all of the following:

I’m not sure if we’re allowed to say that we know anything about this next version, but suffice it to say that, um, we probably do. And we’re excited to tell you more.

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  • Thomas B. says:

    Guess what’s inside? Acrobat X, that’s all. They why they don’t male alot of fuss about it.

  • @Thomas: Um… why do you say that it’s only Acrobat X? I’m really not allowed to say anything at this point, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the fact that there is “anything” that I’m not allowed to talk about is a sign that there’s likely more than just that.

  • Teemu Helenius says:

    Damn! I just ordered an CS3->CS5 upgrade. I sure hope I can switch that to whatever’s coming out in April.

  • Stix Hart says:

    I’m prepared to go out on a limb and predict they’ve added more digital publishing functionality! :)

  • Jongware says:

    More footnote options? Real endnotes? Working indexes? … Proper PDF export including saving default View options? A fix for CS5’s incessant lagging? A faster Story editor? A way to hide automatic highlighting frame edges?

    … Full CS3 compatibility? (That’s actually not on my list, but I’d like to see them pull that one off and shut up at least 50% of the usual complaints.)

    No, sorry, folks — I’m putting my money on what Stix said as well: CNN: Adobe caves in to Apple (on Pi day, no less!)

  • Yeah … if there were nothing more than Acro X, there wouldn’t be a reason to post here. On the *InDesign* blog. ::cough:: Nudge nudge say no more.

    But assuming Acro X will be included, yay! I like it so much more than Acro 9, but I’m one of the five or six Creative Suite users who actually owns Acrobat Pro X. (Mainly because I did the video on Acrobat Pro X Essentials.) ;-D

  • Alberto says:

    Finally they decided to continue to develop FreeHand!

  • w. bravenboer says:

    And of course an upgrade price of only ? 800,- ;(

  • Peter says:

    Please… a way to hide automatic highlighting frame edges in ID is all I ask…

  • Jeff Hentosz says:

    Retro Mode for PageMaker diehards!

  • Ryan says:

    We had planned on getting CS5 shipped here by early next week… I wonder if they will upgrade us for free?
    I am betting they are including Wallaby Flash to HTML 5 conversion tool as well as Acrobat X. But should we wait for that?

  • @Thomas

    It’s true (and you’re right) that in the past, the CS point releases were pretty much centered on integrating a newer version of Acrobat.

    But yesterday Adobe actually did give more information on what’s coming, and it appears to be quite a bit more than ” just” adding Acrobat X.

  • Robert says:

    Didn’t this originally say that it would be available on April 11? Or was that something they were not supposed to say?

  • @Robert: Turns out that Adobe didn’t say the date after all; I was mistaken in my original blog post and tweet. However, as the ProDesignTools article link above makes clear, it’s coming pretty darn soon. Actual dates sometimes slip a little, so who knows.

  • Robert says:

    (Wow, quick response. ) I was just curious since my IT coordinator just received my new computer and I’m making plans for an upgrade from CS3. Obviously, I can’t wait, but will. Thanks as always.

  • Creative Suite 5.5 says:

    Funny how someone’s post titled ‘Creative Suite 5.5’ got deleted from the comments!

    Even funnier because the whole content of the post was reported on AppleInsider months ago.

  • I have no idea what the last person is talking about. Deleted from comments? We reported 5.5’s rumors ourselves here:

  • Yves says:

    funny blog entry

    Let us play I know semething and this is …
    Oh, the NDA doesn’t allow me to tell.

    Why not either reporting from the new Digital Publishing Solution of Aquafadas ( released in beta this week?

    Then you know, Adobe has to do a little bit more development until …

  • Stix Hart says:

    @ Yves, at least they’re telling us something…

  • Jorina van der Westhuizen says:

    Excellent news! Looking forward to the update for Creative Suite 5 ~ CSX

  • Jandeman says:

    What’s the usual ‘grace period’ for such an upgrade (not having to pay one, I mean). I’ve actually received my upgrade 1 week and a half ago!!!

  • Jeremy says:

    Speed increase, a way to disable Frame Edge Highlighting, and free to users of CS5 would be great!

  • Shmuel says:

    “…A fix for CS5?s incessant lagging?…”

    Can Jongware, or anyone else, elaborate on this? Is InDesign CS5 significantly slower than CS4? I have the CS5 upgrade, but have not installed it yet. Is this a reason to stick with CS4?

  • From CS3 to CS4, the speed increased. But from CS4 to CS5, it’s the other way around. I’ve tried it and CS4 is still my favorite, yet.

  • In my experience, the main reason people say that CS5 is slower than previous versions is because of a new preference default, one that can be changed.

    Go to Preferences > Interface, and change Live Screen Drawing from Immediate to Delayed.

    See if that fixes it ….

  • Alan Gilbertson says:

    @Shmuel: CS5 is not significantly slower than CS4. In a couple of instances it’s doing a lot more than CS4 by default, and on underpowered hardware you would want to adjust your preferences appropriately, but nothing to hold off upgrading for.

    In general, new functionalities in just about any professional graphics/media software, not just Adobe’s, are designed to take advantage of newer hardware. The content-aware features in Photoshop are a great example of compute-intensive functions that would have been next-to-impossible a few years ago. If you’re on a 32-bit OS with a dual core processor and minimal RAM you’ll probably have issues, but you’d have had them with CS4, too. CS5 might make them more obvious.

    Overall, the production improvements in CS5 make time-to-product less than in CS4, especially if you a) create a great many PDFs, b) work with hyperlinks or other interactive elements a lot, or c) currently do a lot of layout in Photoshop for RGB output.

    With CS5, I’ve moved some Photoshop workflows (large billboards and digital display advertising in particular) to InDesign, where the superior layout tools save me a ton of time and tedium.

    CS 5.5 does have some very cool new stuff, suite-wide, some products more than others; InDesign definitely has its share, some of which I’m very happy about.

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