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REVIEW: Adobe’s Creative Suite 5

Still using Adobe’s CS4 or CS3? It may be time to upgrade your graphic design tools. Adobe’s Creative Suite 5 is a big step up from both CS3 and CS4. The best thing about CS5 is that it is fully 64-bit compatible, which makes it almost 10 times faster for certain operations. Let’s take a look at a few of the major features that make CS5 stand out.

Flash

Workflow, animation and typography are some of the major areas of improvement in Flash CS5. Experimenting with flash for the first time? This software may be a good choice for non-coders, as Actionscript, Flash’s coding language, offers tons of short codes for page turns, animation, fades and such common things.

Flash CS5 is a significant upgrade for an animator’s toolbox as the spring for IK bones system enables animators to create more fluid collisions, movement and resistance. You can now access typography as you need. The new type engine offers bidirectional language support as well as access and control of Open Type features. Saving the best for the last, Flash files, rather than being binaries, are XML-based packages now. This is one of the biggest functional improvements in CS5.

Flash Catalyst

Simply put, Flash Catalyst is Flash for non-coders. Adobe’s new offering has been fashioned specifically for visual designers. It is perfect for those who want to create brochureware and movie sites, placing more focus on imagery. Roundtrip editing further integrates Catalyst into Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. It is very easy to add videos and animation as well. ‘Design time data’ enables you to connect Catalyst to databases and extent it into Flash Builder and Flash.

Dreamweaver

The latest version of Dreamweaver offers much more flexibility in dealing with dynamic sites and in its project setup. Unlike the previous versions, this version allows you to set up your project’s basic parts and fill in the missing pieces later on. This is certainly a huge improvement. The code comments, earlier offered as a commented section in the code, are now presented in text as well, making things easier for non-coders.

The new version of Dreamweaver works with PHP-based content management systems, which is a big plus. Another change worth mentioning is that you can check and debug your CSS iteratively with this version.

Overall, Adobe’s CS5 gets thumbs up, more for the speed and added performance it offers than the new features.

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Annabelle is a senior writer with content writing service firm Godot Media (Godot Media Twitter) . She has interests ranging from social media, copywriting to following web technologies and trends.

7 Comments

  1. Hi Annabelle, sounds to me like you would have to be a semi-serious user of CS to really benefit from the upgrade? I am personally only doing basic editing with CS3 that I bought waaay back and don’t know a single thing about Flash. Any reason that someone like me should upgrade?

    Regards,
    Maria

  2. I have tried it yet i am stil on cs4 and i was waiting for power suit 5. I hope this works perfectly on my Hp g-62. DreamViewer seems a big deal i am sure this one is going to help me a lot to finish out my recent project.

  3. Personally, I would advise mastering what you have now especially if you are a beginner. You can also go higher once you are comfortable with the basics.

  4. Hi Maria,

    I would agree with our admin. It’s best to get really comfortable with what you’re using now before you upgrade. Plus if you’re using it for basic editing there’s really no reason to upgrade till your work demands it or you feel the need to.

    Best,
    Annabelle

    Hi mine from Android app,

    Dreamweaver has really improved. Suite 5 is pretty sweet 🙂

    Best,
    Annabelle

  5. Great tools makes great design. I could say that I’m already comfortable with CS4 but a bit of upgrade is not bad especially if its for the better. Actually I am already learning some basics of Flash.

  6. It is surprising to know that Adobe will having its CS5. I love using Adobe because it is easy to work with it. Many will be glad for the new upgrade of Adobe.

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