Adobe announces Creative Suite 2

Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 Adobe Systems is due to release its second Creative Suite bundle, which includes new versions of Photoshop, Illustrator and other software, in May.

Creative Suite 2, which debuts next month, will be the first major update of the suite since Adobe revamped its product line in September 2003.

In addition to new releases of the company's core Photoshop and Illustrator tools, the bundle will include new versions of InDesign, GoLive and Version Cue -- all tools aimed at illustrators and designers -- and the recently released Acrobat 7.0 Professional.

New in CS2 will be Adobe Bridge, a redesigned file browser, and Adobe Stock Photos, a service that will give customers quick access to stock art from several leading providers.

Photoshop CS2 will include a new feature called Vanishing Point, which allows retouching tools such as cloning, painting and healing to be applied to images, while maintaining perspective. The updated version of Illustrator will include Live Trace, a feature that converts scanned line art or bitmap images into scalable, editable vector images.

Details of CS2 leaked out last week after a press release was mistakenly posted to Adobe's Web site. The company later removed the release.

The suite will come in two editions: Premium and Standard. Both will be available for Microsoft's Windows and Apple Computer's Mac OS X operating systems.

The Premium edition will include new versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and GoLive, along with Acrobat, Version Cue and the new Bridge navigation tool. It will sell to new buyers for AU$2,209 and as a AU$1,499 upgrade from the present edition.

The Standard edition will include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Version Cue and Bridge. It will sell to new users for AU$1,699 and as a AU$999 upgrade.

International shipping of the new Creative Suite bundle will begin mid-May and Adobe expects both products to be available in Australia by the end of May.

Adobe will be hosting free seminars around Australia and New Zealand promoting the features of the new graphics and publishing package from 8 June to 7 July, 2005.

Click here for our first take on Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium edition.

CNET.com.au's Jeremy Roche contributed to this report.

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