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Amazon leaks details on Adobe's Creative Suite 3

Prices and shipping dates are mistakenly published on Amazon Canada before Adobe's formal announcement of its major release.

A correction was made to this story. Read below for details.

Amazon Canada has accidentally revealed a number of details--from prices to release dates--for Adobe Systems' highly anticipated Creative Suite 3.

The leak, which was reported Sunday by Apple Insider, has made information about CS3 available in advance of Adobe's formal announcement on Tuesday.

Included on the Amazon pages, which are still live, are prices for the various full versions, upgrade packages, and individual software editions like Photoshop and InDesign. Prices range from 110 Canadian dollars ($95) for an upgrade version of Web authoring tool Contribute--which became Adobe property when the company acquired rival Macromedia in 2005--to 3,440 Canadian dollars ($2,957) for the full Master Collection of all CS3 applications.

Amazon's U.S. site is also now listing the software. On the U.S. site, however, the Master Collection is listed for $2,499 with an availability of July 1.

The beta version of Photoshop CS3 was released to existing Creative Suite 2 owners in December. According to the leaked Amazon data, the final versions of CS3 products will start shipping on April 20.

AppleInsider also reported that separate editions of CS3's software will be released for Apple computers with Intel processors, which debuted early last year, and those that still run on Apple's older PowerPC chips. However, it appears that some CS3 software, like the extensive Master Collection, will not be available for PowerPC-based Macs at all.

Adobe is hoping the leak will not steal the spotlight from Tuesday's announcement.

"Web mistakes happen from time to time," spokesman Russell Brady said. "But we'd ask our customers to wait until March 27 to get full and correct information on the configurations and pricing that make up the largest release in Adobe's 25-year history."

Brady would not confirm the information on the Amazon Canada Web site.

Aside from Creative Suite 3, some of Adobe's other projects in the works include a Web-based version of Photoshop and its Web application authoring tool, Apollo.


Correction: This article incorrectly stated the product released in December to Creative Suite 2 owners. The beta of Photoshop CS3 was released.