Adobe details Creative Suite update

Release will be first major update of tools since 2003. Highlights to include new releases of Photoshop and Illustrator.

Adobe Systems will update its Creative Suite bundle with new releases of Photoshop, Illustrator and other software, the company said Monday.

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, said Caleb Belohlavek, a product manager at Adobe.

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 $1,199 and as a $549 upgrade from the present edition.

The Standard edition will include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Version Cue and Bridge. It will sell to new users for $899 and as a $349 upgrade.

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