Adobe has released four CS6 suites and updated versions of the individual applications, as well as trial versions.
Adobe Creative Suite 6
Announced two weeks ago, Creative Suite 6 represents Adobe’s most ambitious release to date of the applications that have become indispensable elements of the workflow of those involved in content creation for print, online, mobile and video. The four suite versions — Design & Web Premium ($1,899), Design Standard ($1,299), Production Premium ($1,899) and Master Collection ($2,599) — include significantly enhanced versions of Photoshop, lllustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash Professional, After Effects and Premiere Pro.
As well as the suites, there are 14 CS6 individual applications available for purchase and upgrade. The initial release of CS6 is in English, French, German, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Finnish, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish and Portuguese, with additional languages to be available in the near future. Also available are CS6 Student & Teacher Editions, which provide discounts of up to 80% for accredited students, teachers and academic staff. For general questions the Adobe CS6 FAQ is a good place to start. You’ll also find a growing collection of tutorials in the CS6 channel on Adobe TV, with the lengthy launch event video (below) providing a good overview.
Adobe’s subscription-based Creative Cloud won’t be available until May 11, so at this point CS6 is available for purchase as a download or in boxed form, as with previous releases. Thirty day trial versions of the CS6 applications are now available and these can apparently be installed and run side-by-side with earlier versions. When uninstalled the earlier installed version will then run as before. If you have difficulty employing Adobe’s downloader for the trials, you can try using direct download links. Those with CS3 or CS4 can take their time planning their upgrade, since special pricing is in place for them until December 31, 2012. It’s worth noting that upgrades can now only be purchased directly from Adobe.