Initial Pricing and Availability
Following the accidental early posting of the press release announcing Photoshop CS2, which hinted at coinciding announcements about new versions of Adobe's InDesign, Illustrator, GoLive, InCopy, and the Creative Suite itself, Adobe officially announced the new versions at midnight Eastern Time.
According to Adobe.com: "Adobe® Creative Suite 2 Premium software is a unified design environment that combines full new versions of Adobe Photoshop® CS2, Illustrator® CS2, InDesign® CS2, GoLive® CS2, and Acrobat® 7.0 Professional software with new Version Cue® CS2, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe Stock Photos. Delivering the next level of integration in creative software, Adobe Creative Suite 2 enables you to realize your ideas anywhere — in print, on the Web, or on mobile devices."
The Premium version, which includes full versions of Photoshop CS2, InDesign CS2, Illustrator CS2, GoLive CS2, Acrobat 7 Professional, and new technologies, Version Cue CS2, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe Stock Photos, is available for pre-order for US$1,199.00—$30.00 less than the current version of Creative Suite Premium. Upgrades are available at the rates of US$549.00 (from Creative Suite Premium 1.1 or earlier), US$449.00 (from Creative Suite Premium 1.3), and US$749 from any version of Photoshop (standalone product).
Creative Suite 2 Standard edition, which omits GoLive and Acrobat but retains the other products, is available for $US899.00 ($100 less than the current version), with upgrades for US$349.00 from any prior version of Creative Suite, and US$499.00 from Photoshop.
Both versions of Creative Suite 2, as well as the CS2 version standalone products, will ship in May.
Pariah S. Burke is the editor-in-chief of Quark VS InDesign.com, The Authority for News and Opinion on the War Between Desktop Publishing Giants QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign. As a 20 year graphic communications industry veteran, he is also an in-demand desktop publishing and graphic design workflow consultant and software trainer, teaching ad and design agencies, print and pre-press production houses, and government and military agencies in InDesign, Quark, Adobe Creative Suite, InCopy, Photoshop, Illustrator, PageMaker, Acrobat, Variable Data Publishing, and PDF Section 508 Accessibility.