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Adobe sets date for CS4 launch

The company said it will debut CS4, an update to its flagship software bundle which includes Photoshop and Illustrator, on September 23.

Adobe on Tuesday said it will launch an update to its flagship Creative Suite software bundle on September 23.

The company has offered few details of the planned CS4 release. The current iteration of the suite, CS3, is offered in several configurations that include various combinations of the company's core applications, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Acrobat and InDesign.

Just ahead of the CS3 launch last March, Adobe made available a public beta test version of Photoshop CS3. For CS4, the company in May posted "preview versions" of its Dreamweaver Web design software, Fireworks image editing application, and Soundbooth audio editing tools.

In Photoshop CS3, which debuted last year, Adobe added rudimentary 3D editing and manipulation tools. CNET Networks

As for Photoshop CS4, Adobe has said publicly that it will make available a 64-bit version of the photo-editing software, but only for Windows and not for Mac OS X.

CS3 is currently offered in four configurations: Master Collection, which includes virtually the entire Adobe design software lineup; Design Premium, which includes Photoshop and other tools for designers working in print, Web and mobile applications; Web Premium, targeted at Web site designers; and Production Premium, geared toward people designing film, Web and mobile content.