Adobe announced today the new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product line, enabling designers and developers to target popular and emerging smartphone and tablet platforms, as the revolution in mobile communications fundamentally changes the way content is distributed and consumed. Substantive advances to HTML5, Flash authoring, digital publishing and video tools as well as new capabilities that kick-start the integration of tablets into creative workflows, anchor the new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product family.
Estimated street price for the suites is expected to be $2599 for CS5.5 Master Collection, $1899 for CS5.5 Design Premium, $1799 for CS5.5 Web Premium, $1699 for CS5.5 Production Premium and $1299 for CS5.5 Design Standard.
For us the most interesting part of the package is After Effects 5.5 which will be sold separately or as a component of one or more of the five Creative Suite editions (probably the Master Collection and Production Premium packages). Adobe introduces also a subscription-based pricing plan, attractive to customers that have project-based needs, or try the software for the first time. New Subscription Editions ensure customers are always working with the most up-to-date versions of the software, without the upfront cost of full pricing. Users will be able to use the Adobe Photoshop for the price of $35 per month, Adobe Design Premium CS5.5 for $95 per month and Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection for $129 per month.
Adobe After Effects 5.5 will introduce effective and most welcome new features such as:
- Warp Stabilizer - which removes jitter and compensates for motion-related irregularities (video);
- Camera Lens Blur - which lets users create many soft-focus effects (video);
- Source time-code support - which lets users take the guesswork out of source footage edits (video).
- and more: stereoscopic 3D workflow improvements, light falloff, expanded color LUT support, RAW digital cinema workflow improvements, etc.
Follow this link for complete new features overview: Adobe After Effects 5.5 new features.