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Adobe Creative Suite 3Adobe just dropped the long awaited CS3 bomb. With six different configurations, Macworld is already calling it the “largest release in Adobe’s history.” Of course, the best part is the one million new features that’ll make you feel like a loser newbie all over again.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled for Intel-native speed improvements and a pretty box. But my cynical imaginary friend, Horatio, tells me to not get too mesmerized by the pretty colors and Flash animations. So, I’ll be cautious and spend the next few days wading through press releases, reviews, and blog posts. No doubt, there’ll be a million blog posts on how butt-ugly or eye-soothing the new box design is.

What do you think so far? Will you upgrade with glee? Or are you dreading another bloated–and expensive–software upgrade?

14 Comments

  • Justin Kropp

    gravatarMar 27, 2007
    7:19 am

    I am definitely looking forward to the speed improvements on intel machines – but what I would really love is a stripped down version of the suite. Even CS2 is quite bloated with features I (and probably many other designers) never touch. If only there was an option to turn certain tools on and off. A fully customizable CS3! That’d be the day.

  • Katy

    gravatarMar 27, 2007
    7:47 am

    Our whole office has recently upgraded to CS2 (we’re in the process of rolling OSX across 30 users) only to be told that if we’d delayed the purchase of CS2 by 3 days we’d have got a free upgrade to CS3, instead we’ll have to pay full price – nice one Adobe!

  • Jen

    gravatarMar 27, 2007
    9:03 am

    Ack what’s the cut-off date for the CS3 free upgrade? I just bought CS2 myself.

  • Wes

    gravatarMar 27, 2007
    10:45 am

    After using the CS3 Beta, I am all in for CS3. I have always been irritated by the Layers window and such hovering above the image. Now they’ll dock and minimize easily. I am surprised it took them this long though..

  • Sam

    gravatarMar 27, 2007
    8:02 pm

    I hope to purchase something out of this (trying to decide whether it’d be worth to splurge for the Production Premium package or hold off and purchase just only Photoshop). I will be patient as well though and wait for reviews and blog posts before I buy.

  • Katy

    gravatarMar 28, 2007
    12:42 am

    Jen – In the UK at least it was software bought after the 16th March – not sure when it finishes and it may vary from supplier to supplier

  • Philip

    gravatarMar 28, 2007
    1:13 am

    Why do I have the feeling that this version will still ask me if I want to save the clipboard when switching to other applications or that it will crash regularly when working with text in AI/PS? Perhaps because Adobe seems to be a marketing-driven company that doesn’t listen to it’s core user bases need for better customization and more stability and speed.

  • Peter Hanley

    gravatarMar 28, 2007
    5:00 am

    Did Adobe buy Macromedia or Microsoft? I’m totally flabbergasted by the 8 different versions (which are also not the same between Mac OS X and Windows – awesome, that’ll make for some great planning headaches).

  • Chanpory

    gravatarMar 28, 2007
    9:02 pm

    Boy, sorting through the all different versions in tandem with the upgrade options is giving me a major headache. I still can’t believe Illustrator hasn’t included real multi-page support. Oy.

  • Vic

    gravatarMar 28, 2007
    10:27 pm

    You know a company is greedy when the Master Collection aka the Ultimate package has everything BUT Photoshop, which means you’ll need to buy TWO packages.

  • Phil

    gravatarMar 29, 2007
    10:07 am

    The master collection has includes photoshop extended.

  • yoyoma

    gravatarMar 29, 2007
    10:07 am

    You know a company is greedy when the Master Collection aka the Ultimate package has everything BUT Photoshop, which means you’ll need to buy TWO packages.

    It has photoshop.

  • Frank

    gravatarMar 30, 2007
    4:06 am

    I at least have to get Photoshop. I’ve really gotten to love the beta (wow that’s a first) and will miss it when it expires… and it will expire because my company just upgraded to CS2 not too long ago, so i doubt we’ll get the upgrade.

    However that package system is confusing to say the least.

  • Nabeel

    gravatarApr 6, 2007
    5:26 pm

    Really? 1 million new features? I downloaded the beta version of CS3 .. when it came out .. and it had only a handful of features .. and I use Photoshop on a daily basis .. and didn’t see it much different than the CS2 version. I think i gotta check out the latest version I guess ..

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