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Adobe Announces Update to InDesign and Creative Suite CS5

At Adobe’s Q1 analyst meeting today, Adobe announced an update for Creative Suite 5 is coming soon. No details about new features, products, or services were released.

We will, of course, bring you all the news as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, consider following any or all of the following:

I’m not sure if we’re allowed to say that we know anything about this next version, but suffice it to say that, um, we probably do. And we’re excited to tell you more.

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27 Comments on “Adobe Announces Update to InDesign and Creative Suite CS5

  1. @Thomas: Um… why do you say that it’s only Acrobat X? I’m really not allowed to say anything at this point, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the fact that there is “anything” that I’m not allowed to talk about is a sign that there’s likely more than just that.

  2. Damn! I just ordered an CS3->CS5 upgrade. I sure hope I can switch that to whatever’s coming out in April.

  3. More footnote options? Real endnotes? Working indexes? … Proper PDF export including saving default View options? A fix for CS5’s incessant lagging? A faster Story editor? A way to hide automatic highlighting frame edges?

    … Full CS3 compatibility? (That’s actually not on my list, but I’d like to see them pull that one off and shut up at least 50% of the usual complaints.)

    No, sorry, folks — I’m putting my money on what Stix said as well: CNN: Adobe caves in to Apple (on Pi day, no less!)

  4. Yeah … if there were nothing more than Acro X, there wouldn’t be a reason to post here. On the *InDesign* blog. ::cough:: Nudge nudge say no more.

    But assuming Acro X will be included, yay! I like it so much more than Acro 9, but I’m one of the five or six Creative Suite users who actually owns Acrobat Pro X. (Mainly because I did the video on Acrobat Pro X Essentials.) ;-D

  5. We had planned on getting CS5 shipped here by early next week… I wonder if they will upgrade us for free?
    I am betting they are including Wallaby Flash to HTML 5 conversion tool as well as Acrobat X. But should we wait for that?

  6. Didn’t this originally say that it would be available on April 11? Or was that something they were not supposed to say?

  7. @Robert: Turns out that Adobe didn’t say the date after all; I was mistaken in my original blog post and tweet. However, as the ProDesignTools article link above makes clear, it’s coming pretty darn soon. Actual dates sometimes slip a little, so who knows.

  8. (Wow, quick response. ) I was just curious since my IT coordinator just received my new computer and I’m making plans for an upgrade from CS3. Obviously, I can’t wait, but will. Thanks as always.

  9. Funny how someone’s post titled ‘Creative Suite 5.5’ got deleted from the comments!

    Even funnier because the whole content of the post was reported on AppleInsider months ago.

  10. funny blog entry

    Let us play I know semething and this is …
    Oh, the NDA doesn’t allow me to tell.

    Why not either reporting from the new Digital Publishing Solution of Aquafadas ( released in beta this week?

    Then you know, Adobe has to do a little bit more development until …

  11. What’s the usual ‘grace period’ for such an upgrade (not having to pay one, I mean). I’ve actually received my upgrade 1 week and a half ago!!!

  12. Re:
    “…A fix for CS5?s incessant lagging?…”

    Can Jongware, or anyone else, elaborate on this? Is InDesign CS5 significantly slower than CS4? I have the CS5 upgrade, but have not installed it yet. Is this a reason to stick with CS4?

  13. In my experience, the main reason people say that CS5 is slower than previous versions is because of a new preference default, one that can be changed.

    Go to Preferences > Interface, and change Live Screen Drawing from Immediate to Delayed.

    See if that fixes it ….

  14. @Shmuel: CS5 is not significantly slower than CS4. In a couple of instances it’s doing a lot more than CS4 by default, and on underpowered hardware you would want to adjust your preferences appropriately, but nothing to hold off upgrading for.

    In general, new functionalities in just about any professional graphics/media software, not just Adobe’s, are designed to take advantage of newer hardware. The content-aware features in Photoshop are a great example of compute-intensive functions that would have been next-to-impossible a few years ago. If you’re on a 32-bit OS with a dual core processor and minimal RAM you’ll probably have issues, but you’d have had them with CS4, too. CS5 might make them more obvious.

    Overall, the production improvements in CS5 make time-to-product less than in CS4, especially if you a) create a great many PDFs, b) work with hyperlinks or other interactive elements a lot, or c) currently do a lot of layout in Photoshop for RGB output.

    With CS5, I’ve moved some Photoshop workflows (large billboards and digital display advertising in particular) to InDesign, where the superior layout tools save me a ton of time and tedium.

    CS 5.5 does have some very cool new stuff, suite-wide, some products more than others; InDesign definitely has its share, some of which I’m very happy about.

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