Adobe likely will announce its Creative Suite 3 (CS3) products on or about March 27," Merrill Lynch analyst Jay Vleeschhouwer predicted last week, with the products themselves to ship "several weeks thereafter."
Crucial to the new products will be support for Apple computers using Intel processors; current CS2 products run only in a slower translation mode on these newer machines, an awkward mismatch given that Apple and Adobe products are popular with design professionals.
Core CS3 products include Adobe's flagship Photoshop software for image editing, Illustrator for vector graphics and InDesign for page layout, but not products such as Premier for video editing. Adobe has let CS2 customers try Photoshop CS3 beta. Vleeschhouwer, however, expects CS3 components to be offered in a variety of configurations: 14 individual products and about six different suites.
For CS3 and other "creative solutions" design and content creation software, Vleeschhouwer expects Adobe to garner $1.53 billion in revenue in its fiscal 2007 and $1.72 in fiscal 2008. "Demand, especially on the Mac side, is likely to propel significant incremental 'creative solutions' revenues," Vleeschhouwer said after a meeting with Adobe Chief Executive Bruce Chizen.
Despite the revenue spurt, Vleeschhouwer expects less cyclical financial results for the San Jose, Calif.-based company.