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It looks like Adobe got pretty package happy with CS3:

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Exclusive: Adobe Systems Inc. will announce Tuesday that its highly-anticipated Creative Suite 3.0 software suite will be available in six distinct bundles with European pricing ranging from 999 to 2799, AppleInsider has learned.


Adobe Creative Suite Design Standard and Premium

A suite targeted towards media professionals will be called "Adobe Creative Suite 3.0 Design." It will be offered in both "Standard" and "Premium" bundles that fetch 1269 and 1999, respectively.

For print and publishing professionals, the "Standard" bundle will package InDesign 3.0, Photoshop CS3, Illustrator CS3 and Acrobat 8 Professional. The "Premium" version will be geared more towards cross-media and graphics designers, adding Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, and swapping out Photoshop CS3 for Photoshop CS3 Extended.

Adobe Creative Suite Web Standard and Premium

The San Jose-based Adobe will also offer a pair of bundles specifically for Web developers as part of its "Adobe Creative Suite 3.0 Web" suite.

The "Standard," and most affordable of all six Creative Suite 3.0 bundles, will cost 999 and include Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, Fireworks CS3, and Contribute CS3. A 1699 "Premium" package will also cater to web "designers," adding Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, and Acrobat 8 Professional.

All Creative Suite 3.0 Web and Design suites, be it the Standard or Premium bundles, will also include Adobe Bridge CS3, Version Cue CS3, Device Central CS3, Stock Photos, and Acrobat Connect.

Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium

With film and video production professionals within its cross-hairs, Adobe also plans to roll out a 1999 suite called "Adobe Creative Suite 3.0 Production Premium." In addition to Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, and Flash CS3 Professional, the package will include After Effects CS3 Professional, Premier Pro CS3, Soundbooth CS3, and Encore CS3.

Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection

For those pro users and institutions that want all Adobe has to offer, a 2799 "Adobe Creative Suite 3.0 Master Collection" will provide just that. It'll include InDesign CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, Acrobat 8 Professional, Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, Fireworks CS3, Contribute CS3, After Effects CS3 Professional, Premier Pro CS3, Soundbooth CS3, and Encore CS3.

Both the Production Premium and Master Collection suites will also come with Adobe Bridge CS3, Version Cue CS3, Device Central CS3, Stock Photos, Acrobat Connect, Dynamic Link, OnLocation CS3, and Ultra CS3. The only exception is the omission of Version Cue CS3 from the Production Premium bundle.

Most applications in the six-bundle release will be both Mac- and Windows-native, including all major components and their companion tools (Acrobat Connect, Bridge, Device Central, Dynamic Link, Stock Photos, and Version Cue). Only the Production Premium and Master Collection suites' video companion programs (OnLocation and Ultra) are limited to Windows systems.

Adobe plans to officially celebrate the global launch of Creative Suite 3.0 at a special event in New York City on Tuesday, March 27th. However, the software will not ship until sometime later this Spring.
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good news that it's all coming together. You'd expect the CDs/DVDs to be made of gold though. Hope the education version available here gives a decent discount...

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I'm still running 7.0, the price of CS1 and CS2 put me off, considering I wouldn't really use the new features much but CS3's revamp is pretty cool.. Just wait until it gets some kind of price drop.
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In my experience, Adobe doesn't drop prices of these things over time. BTW note that these are suite prices, not prices just for Photoshop itself.

...and of course like many, I am more interested in the Photoshop CS2 -> Photoshop CS3 upgrade price than the price of a new purchase. Unfortunately, this price doesn't seem to be mentioned in the link.

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Im hoping my student discount gets me a pretty good price, im looking at the design premium package. All I can do is wait, time will tell.
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The upgrade prices to the suites seem to be in the $650 range, at least for the Web bundle anyway, so I suspect the Design bundle will be close to that as well - perhaps a bit less.

According to the product grid, GoLive is dead and gone. And for those looking for a replacement for ImageReady (which is also dead now), Fireworks appears to be a stand-alone application or part of the Web bundle - no more bundling with Photoshop or the Design suite. Bummer.

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I'm just going to stick with CS2, it does everythign I want it to. All I use is Photoshop and ImageReady
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Amazon leaks details on Adobe's Creative Suite 3.

Now you know...
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With Adobe it is always a sad story... the software is excellent, but the price... it is not for me... making graphics just for fun...

And I believe, they will take EUR price the same as the USD. Which means - 100 USD is equal to 100 EURO.
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I don't particularly like Adobe either.

To me they are turning out more and more like the M$ of the design apps world, buying up competitors, asking ridiculous prices for their software, etc.


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Well, it's out of the bag. MacNN has this article on Adobe announces Creative Suite 3 and prices are listed:

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... Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium ($1,799) and Standard ($1,199), and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium ($1,599) and Standard ($999) will begin shipping in April 2007, while Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium ($1,699) and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection ($2,499) for Mac OS X (Intel-only) will begin shipping worldwide in the third quarter of 2007. ...
As you can see, some versions will be shipping in April while the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection will ship later. And that suite version is for Intel-only, people... *Whistling smilie*
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I just need to start emailing the IT department at my school to find out what package and when they will have it.
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I don't like the 5 different packages for CS3. They need to stick to 2 of them. I had to hunt through amazon for a chart of what was in what to figure out which one is for me.

Plus the prices are whoa!!!!!

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I said all this on the Mac Rumors forum but an imbecile of epic proportions wittered on how cheap it was and threw a few insults my way. I had a frank exchange of views by PM, which confirmed that he really was an arrogant berk.

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Just to let you guys know, Strata 3D announced today three plug-ins for Photoshop CS 3 Extended: Strata Design, Strata Foto and Strata Live.

Strata Design helps you make perfect perspective shots with vanishing point and it also allows you to place 3D objects in the scene.

Strata Foto allows you to generate 3D models using photos from a digital camera.

Strata Live is for 3D content on web sites.
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