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Adobe Systems will update its Creative Suite bundle with new releases of Photoshop, Illustrator and other software, the company said Monday.

Creative Suite 2, which debuts next month, will be the first major update of the suite since Adobe revamped its product line in September 2003.

In addition to new releases of the company's core Photoshop and Illustrator tools, the bundle will include new versions of InDesign, GoLive and Version Cue--all tools aimed at illustrators and designers--and the recently released Acrobat 7.0 Professional.

New in CS2 will be Adobe Bridge, a redesigned file browser, and Adobe Stock Photos, a service that will give customers quick access to stock art from several leading providers, said Caleb Belohlavek, a product manager at Adobe.

Details of CS2 leaked out last week after a press release was mistakenly posted to Adobe's Web site. The company later removed the release.

The suite will come in two editions: Premium and Standard. Both will be available for Microsoft's Windows and Apple Computer's Mac OS X operating systems.

The Premium edition will include new versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and GoLive, along with Acrobat, Version Cue and the new Bridge navigation tool. It will sell to new buyers for $1,199 and as a $549 upgrade from the present edition.

The Standard edition will include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Version Cue and Bridge. It will sell to new users for $899 and as a $349 upgrade.

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CS may be nice....
... but it's a gross overkill for the work I need to do. Once Aldus
had two great programs for the Mac - Superpaint and
Pagemaker. But when Adobe bought Aldus, Adobe just let these
programs die, first SuperPaint, then Pagemaker.

But these were just the right programs for so much DTP work.
No CS app can do the same thing without unbelievable
complications. And Adobe doesn't has the smarts to know that
Photoshop is NOT a replacement for SuperPaint (But that's what
Adobe support will try to tell you.)

SuperPaint and Pagemaker are not coming back. And I am not
going to buy another Adobe product. I am even eliminating the
Adobe products I have as fast as I f can find effctive
replacements.

For those of you who live and breathe Adobe products, save
your time and words. I have seen what Adobe can do, and what
it has done. There's nothing you can add to the story.

Adobe won't miss my business, and I won't miss them.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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Relax and take a deep breath.
I have used every adobe product (well at least all of the ones included in CS). I have not found a replacement for Photoshop or InDesign. I don't use GoLive because I like Dreamweaver. I don't use Illustrator or Acrobat.

I can't say that I have ever used SuperPaint, but I have used PhotoImpact, Paintshop Pro, the Gimp, etc. I don't find any of them to be as useful as Photoshop. That's not to say they aren't good programs, they just aren't for me. Haven't tried Adobes Element series yet.
Posted by System Tyrant (1453 comments )
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CS may be nice....
... but it's a gross overkill for the work I need to do. Once Aldus
had two great programs for the Mac - Superpaint and
Pagemaker. But when Adobe bought Aldus, Adobe just let these
programs die, first SuperPaint, then Pagemaker.

But these were just the right programs for so much DTP work.
No CS app can do the same thing without unbelievable
complications. And Adobe doesn't has the smarts to know that
Photoshop is NOT a replacement for SuperPaint (But that's what
Adobe support will try to tell you.)

SuperPaint and Pagemaker are not coming back. And I am not
going to buy another Adobe product. I am even eliminating the
Adobe products I have as fast as I f can find effctive
replacements.

For those of you who live and breathe Adobe products, save
your time and words. I have seen what Adobe can do, and what
it has done. There's nothing you can add to the story.

Adobe won't miss my business, and I won't miss them.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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Relax and take a deep breath.
I have used every adobe product (well at least all of the ones included in CS). I have not found a replacement for Photoshop or InDesign. I don't use GoLive because I like Dreamweaver. I don't use Illustrator or Acrobat.

I can't say that I have ever used SuperPaint, but I have used PhotoImpact, Paintshop Pro, the Gimp, etc. I don't find any of them to be as useful as Photoshop. That's not to say they aren't good programs, they just aren't for me. Haven't tried Adobes Element series yet.
Posted by System Tyrant (1453 comments )
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There is no replacement for photoshop or illustrator
I use both products and have done a lot of graphics work both with photos and vector art. There is no product on the market w/ the power and flexibility to match Adobe. My only complaint is that their products are not available for Linux. Truthfully, Adobe is the only reason I still run Microsoft XP. Once Adobe offers a linux version - good-bye Gates.
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Yes, but...
... a majority of people, who use Photoshop just because they think that's what they're supposed to use, could make do with Fireworks.
Posted by Rusdude (170 comments )
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For the work you do....
... that may be true. I don't need an Adobe 'powerhouse' for my
rather uncomplicated work. So I am checking out all the KISS
apps I can find to replace Adobe products.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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There is no replacement for photoshop or illustrator
I use both products and have done a lot of graphics work both with photos and vector art. There is no product on the market w/ the power and flexibility to match Adobe. My only complaint is that their products are not available for Linux. Truthfully, Adobe is the only reason I still run Microsoft XP. Once Adobe offers a linux version - good-bye Gates.
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Yes, but...
... a majority of people, who use Photoshop just because they think that's what they're supposed to use, could make do with Fireworks.
Posted by Rusdude (170 comments )
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For the work you do....
... that may be true. I don't need an Adobe 'powerhouse' for my
rather uncomplicated work. So I am checking out all the KISS
apps I can find to replace Adobe products.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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Beware: CS2 Uses PACE Copy Protection!
You might think twice before buying any of the CS2 products. They use PACE copy protection, which essentially means that moving your software from one computer to another will no longer be possible. What it does is give Adobe access to YOUR hard drive, and let's them authorize that drive. If you have a hard drive failure, tough luck. I've dealt with this scheme on my digital audio applications, and it is a royal mess.

I have been a loyal Adobe user, but I WILL NOT put any more PACE garbage on my system. Stick with CS1 or go for one of the alternatives is my advice.
Posted by (274 comments )
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Software Protection
I don't really know that much about PACE, but I do know that software companies that put heavy restriction on their software are going to start loosing business. It may not be a huge number, but many other companies are enjoying customers who are sick of these restrictions.

I understand that companies like Adobe are trying to prevent piracy, but their has to be a better way. Personally, when I buy a copy of some software I don't intend to rebuy it because I replace my hardware. Now a lot of companies that use product activation have way to deal with this, but I still don't want the aggrevation.
Posted by System Tyrant (1453 comments )
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Pace is trying...
... to provide effective software protection. I am considering a
Pace product for the applications I license. Still, when I buy a app
for either personal or business use, I want to be able to run that
app on whichever of my computers I happen to be using,
without any complications.

But there aren't many apps that will allow that. MS's OS's and
apps don;'t - each computer needs a separate serial number for
each item. Macromedia works the same way, as far as I can tell.
It seems that my usage is not inappropriate, but tell that to the
software publishers. And then see how well they listen......
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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Adobe's Activation Policy
Please refer to <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.adobe.com/activation" target="_newWindow">http://www.adobe.com/activation</a> for full details on Adobe's Activation policies.
Posted by Adobe01 (2 comments )
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Beware: CS2 Uses PACE Copy Protection!
You might think twice before buying any of the CS2 products. They use PACE copy protection, which essentially means that moving your software from one computer to another will no longer be possible. What it does is give Adobe access to YOUR hard drive, and let's them authorize that drive. If you have a hard drive failure, tough luck. I've dealt with this scheme on my digital audio applications, and it is a royal mess.

I have been a loyal Adobe user, but I WILL NOT put any more PACE garbage on my system. Stick with CS1 or go for one of the alternatives is my advice.
Posted by (274 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Software Protection
I don't really know that much about PACE, but I do know that software companies that put heavy restriction on their software are going to start loosing business. It may not be a huge number, but many other companies are enjoying customers who are sick of these restrictions.

I understand that companies like Adobe are trying to prevent piracy, but their has to be a better way. Personally, when I buy a copy of some software I don't intend to rebuy it because I replace my hardware. Now a lot of companies that use product activation have way to deal with this, but I still don't want the aggrevation.
Posted by System Tyrant (1453 comments )
Link Flag
Pace is trying...
... to provide effective software protection. I am considering a
Pace product for the applications I license. Still, when I buy a app
for either personal or business use, I want to be able to run that
app on whichever of my computers I happen to be using,
without any complications.

But there aren't many apps that will allow that. MS's OS's and
apps don;'t - each computer needs a separate serial number for
each item. Macromedia works the same way, as far as I can tell.
It seems that my usage is not inappropriate, but tell that to the
software publishers. And then see how well they listen......
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
Link Flag
Adobe's Activation Policy
Please refer to <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.adobe.com/activation" target="_newWindow">http://www.adobe.com/activation</a> for full details on Adobe's Activation policies.
Posted by Adobe01 (2 comments )
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Hackers will crack the PACE protection
If they haven't done it already, they will. I know the software hasn't been released but for other programs using PACE, hackers on the "scene" have already cracked the stupid copy protection.

And at those OFFENSIVE, INSULTING PRICES, I would say only about 20% of Photoshop users will actually have paid for the software.

Adobe, Microsoft, and Macromedia are the 3 biggest companies that come to mind that abuse the fact that their products are the market leaders and continue to RAPE HONEST AND HARD-WORKING PEOPLE.

The open source community isn't like that. It never will be.

Boycott these and any other companies that charge too much for the software you need and look for alternatives, if you can.

Or download a cracked version. Don't spend half your paycheck on a CD with software that can be copied freely, easily and most importantly, at about 20 cents a piece.

It's UNFAIR, and no matter how hard they try to encrypt the software activation, hackers will always have the upper hand.

If Photoshop sold for $69, a fair price, it would sell like hell and they'd probably make more money.
Posted by ivand67 (40 comments )
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Huh?
I don't agree with downloading cracked software, but I do agree that these prices are highway robbery. Adobe has created a monopoly with Photoshop, and now they want to charge through the nose for an upgrade and put the PACE garbage on your system.

Go for open source folks!
Posted by (274 comments )
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Hackers will crack the PACE protection
If they haven't done it already, they will. I know the software hasn't been released but for other programs using PACE, hackers on the "scene" have already cracked the stupid copy protection.

And at those OFFENSIVE, INSULTING PRICES, I would say only about 20% of Photoshop users will actually have paid for the software.

Adobe, Microsoft, and Macromedia are the 3 biggest companies that come to mind that abuse the fact that their products are the market leaders and continue to RAPE HONEST AND HARD-WORKING PEOPLE.

The open source community isn't like that. It never will be.

Boycott these and any other companies that charge too much for the software you need and look for alternatives, if you can.

Or download a cracked version. Don't spend half your paycheck on a CD with software that can be copied freely, easily and most importantly, at about 20 cents a piece.

It's UNFAIR, and no matter how hard they try to encrypt the software activation, hackers will always have the upper hand.

If Photoshop sold for $69, a fair price, it would sell like hell and they'd probably make more money.
Posted by ivand67 (40 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Huh?
I don't agree with downloading cracked software, but I do agree that these prices are highway robbery. Adobe has created a monopoly with Photoshop, and now they want to charge through the nose for an upgrade and put the PACE garbage on your system.

Go for open source folks!
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looking fir trial of Adobe details Creative Suite
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