Adobe has announced the immediate availability of Creative Suite 6, the next reincarnation of its popular graphic and web design software. The company’s official store has been updated with all the new products and users can either purchase the software outright ready for download or upgrade from previous versions of Creative Suite.
CS6 was officially announce at Adobe’s launch event on April 23rd after several sneek peaks and demos (such as Photoshop CS6) and the company generally endures to push out the software within 30 days. The new product line includes new releases of Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Flash Professional and comes in four different versions: Design & Web Premium, Design Standard, Production Premium and Master Collection.
The main hightlight of this release, however, is a new subscription-based service called Creative Cloud, which will be released this coming Friday. Membership is priced at $49.99 a month (based on a yearly subscription) and gives users access to all the applications in the CS6 range plus new HTML5 desktop products (Adobe Muse 1.0 and Adobe Edge), 20 GB of cloud-based storage and easy sharing of content across desktop and mobile devices. There is also deeper integration with Adobe Touch apps (for example on the iPad) and subscribers are also treated to more up-to-date and detailed technical support.
CS6 is available for immeediate purchase through most Adobe Authorized Retailers, the Adobe Store online and Adobe Direct Sales. The cheapest package, Design Standard, will set you back around $1,299 (RRP), whilst the Master Collection is retailing at $2,599. There are cheaper upgrade options available for owners of previous Creative Suites and education and volume licences are available as well.
Adobe have also announced a special introductionary offer of $29.99. for owners of CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 who want to subscribe to the new Creative Cloud service. The education subscription is also priced at the same amount.