Adobe releases Creative Suite 5.5 with HTML5 authoring

Adobe today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product family. Th rest of the company’s press release, verbatim:

Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 delivers important advances in HTML5 and Flash authoring, enabling designers and developers to create compelling content and applications. Creative Suite 5.5 products also feature significant innovation in the areas of video production and editing. Finally, Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 delivers exciting new capabilities in the exploding area of digital publishing. With Creative Suite 5.5 content authors worldwide can deliver high-impact work to multiple platforms, operating systems, Web browsers, smartphones and tablets – including Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS, and Apple iOS devices.

Mobile App Development and New HTML5 Capabilities Anchor CS5.5 For Web Designers and Developers

Focused on the latest wave of mobile devices, this release of Creative Suite gives Web designers and developers a complete software solution that allows them to produce stunning HTML5 content in the browser and deliver high-impact mobile applications through sweeping advances in Flash tooling.

• Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium Suite is packed with innovations in HTML5 and Flash authoring tools, empowering customers to create, deliver and monetize rich content and applications for virtually any screen. Designers and developers can create rich browser-based content across screens using HTML5. Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5, Flash Builder 4.5 Premium and the Flex® 4.5 framework allow users to quickly and easily develop, test and deploy high-performance mobile applications for Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and Apple iOS.

Creative Suite 5.5 Kick-starts New Era in Digital Publishing

Over the last year Adobe and leading publishers, including Condé Nast and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, have worked to develop new digital publishing workflows based on Creative Suite and Adobe InDesign. Creative Suite 5.5 will enable print publishers to create beautiful interactive publications on the latest tablet platforms.

• Creative Suite 5.5 Design Premium Suite builds upon Adobe’s product innovations in publishing already deployed by some of the world’s leading newspaper, magazine and business publishers to create print and stunning digital versions of their properties for the latest tablet devices. Using Adobe InDesign CS5.5, in combination with the integrated Folio Producer toolset, designers can add new levels of interactivity to their page layouts targeted at tablet devices. Adobe today also announced the immediate availability of the Professional Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, a turnkey solution that includes hosted services and viewer technology that allow publishers to cost-efficiently publish content to Android tablets, BlackBerry PlayBook and Apple iPad.

In addition to advances in mobile authoring and digital publishing, Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium Suite delivers video and audio professionals breakthrough performance, workflow improvements, creative innovations and powerful new audio editing capabilities that build upon the huge customer momentum Production Premium is experiencing with broadcasters, filmmakers and video professionals worldwide.

Introducing the Complete Creative Suite 5.5 Product Family

The new Creative Suite product lineup is headlined by Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection, which includes, in a single package, all of Adobe’s industry-defining creative tools, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Flash Builder Premium, Flash Catalyst, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. These products are available separately or as components of one or more of the five Creative Suite editions. The complete Creative Suite 5 lineup includes Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection, Creative Suite 5.5 Design Premium, Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium, Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium and Creative Suite 5.5 Design Standard.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 products are immediately available through Adobe Authorized Resellers, the Adobe Store in North America and Adobe Direct Sales. Estimated street price for the suites is US$2599 for CS5.5 Master Collection, $1899 for CS5.5 Design Premium, $1799 for CS5.5 Web Premium, $1699 for CS5.5 Production Premium and $1299 for CS5.5 Design Standard. Upgrade pricing and volume licensing are available.

By subscribing to Creative Suite, customers can choose a one-year subscription plan for lower payments or a month-to-month subscription for greater flexibility.

Education pricing for students, faculty and staff in K-12 and higher education is available from Adobe Authorized Education Resellers and the Adobe Education Store.

Source: Adobe Systems Incorporated


  1. $1200? Seriously?…Adobe seems stuck in the 90’s when Flash was owned by Macromedia and still viable…and you could get away with charging for software like this… They followed the Microsoft model and still do…bloat the crap out of your packages while making incremental refinements…even Microsoft saw the end of that road. How many improvements can you make to a word processor? How many improvements are possible with image processing? You reach a point of diminishing returns…hence software as a service…

    I think many people will greet this news as deeply underwhelming. Some..perhaps even many will buy it…and find they don’t need over half of it. Wake up Adobe…wake UP.

  2. the upgrade price for me is $949 just to top off the stupidity of it all the UK price in pounds for the exact same upgrade is £952 !! which is equivalent to around $1500 talk about ripping your customers off

  3. If only they fixed the apps. The only reason they can call it a suite is because they sell it together. Adobe constantly makes people believe that CS is something extraterrestrial and improving it is hard. Have you seen what Apple did with Final Cut X, Adobe? That is what I call an update.

  4. The thing that makes me angry is that I recently purchased the academic version of CS5.0 Design Standard for the Mac – less 45 days ago. Adobe refuses to give everyone that bought CS5.0 a free upgrade to CS5.5 – absolutely ridiculous IMO.

    So Adobe wants to be like that? I demanded and got a full refund from Adobe because of their bloody greed. I am through with Adobe for good.

    Acorn now has text features I need and Pixelmator will have it soon as well. Adobe is going downhill and fast.

  5. Even better is that there are no significant changes in Photoshop as that update is scheduled for later this year. And if you buy 5.5 you won’t get a free upgrade to the new version in six months,

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