Adobe continues Quark charge with launch of CS2

Adobe is aiming to attract more design and publishing companies to its fold with the launch of the second version of its Creative Suite (CS) software package.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  April 8, 2005

Adobe is aiming to attract more design and publishing companies to its fold through the launch of its updated Creative Suite (CS) software package. Available in Premium and Standard versions at a slightly reduced price, and offering a slew of new features, Creative Suite 2 looks set to help Adobe continue chipping away market share from competitors such as QuarkXpress. Adobe’s Creative Suite 2 Premium edition is a comprehensive design environment that combines full new versions of Adobe Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, InDesign CS2, GoLive CS2, and Acrobat 7.0 Professional software. Also added to the second version are Version Cue CS2, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe Stock Photos programs. The Standard version of CS2 does away with GoLive and Acrobat, but otherwise includes all the new programs and features, and is available at a lower price. CS2’s new Version Cue program helps users find files quicker, track versions of files across Adobe applications, and link and share files more effectively, without fear of overwriting other users’ work. It also means saying goodbye to unfriendly file names, such as "brochure_final_final3.indd", instead it lets users name files to suit their preferences, with Version Cue then handling version tracking without the need for a naming convention. Adobe’s Bridge application, which will also be included with future individual versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and GoLive, is descended from Photoshop CS's built-in file browser. It acts as a visual file browser - displaying thumbnail preview images of the files on a user’s hard drive. Bridge’s time-saving features include drag-and-drop import, slide shows and a file rating function to name but three. Bridge also links directly to another new Creative Suite inclusion called Adobe Stock Photos. This new online service lets designers and publishers browse and buy royalty-free images from within whichever CS application they are using at the time. At the time of writing, Adobe had only launched Creative Suite 2 on a global basis, with prices estimated at $1,199 for the Premium Edition and $899 for the cut-down Standard Edition. However, international versions should be available from the end of May or beginning of June. Look out for a full review in the pages of Windows Middle East magazine.

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