CS5: Like Christmas for Designers

Is it here yet? I am anxiously waiting the release date for the new Adobe CS5. For those of you who don’t speak geek, Adobe Creative Suite (CS) is THE collection of graphic design, web development and video editing applications. This includes Photoshop (for amazing photo manipulation), Illustrator (vector-based tools for creating illustrations and logos), InDesign (super-duper page layout program), Flash (for beautiful motion), Dreamweaver (for web development) and Acrobat Pro (great for taking .pdf files to the next level).

I am most looking forward to InDesign in CS5. This new version has some really neat upgrades that will really help with productivity. One of the features that I think I will use the most is the different page sizes in one document. Great for working on concepts in a single file, business packages, binders, direct mail and pocket folders.

A few other features that I think will be helpful are paragraphs that span or split columns, no more separate text boxes to create this. I’m also loving the new gap tool in aligning and distributing, the enhanced layers panel and live corners to adjust the radius of an image frame on-the-fly. Oh, and I can’t forget, you can export pdfs in the background as you continue to work on a document. This will be so helpful, especially when you export those huge files that seem to take forever.

One last interesting thing I think printers and designers who share files can benefit from is the automatic font activation for fonts inside of a packaged (or ready for production) file. This could save a lot of headaches with corrupt or misplaced fonts.

The other programs seem to have some really great features as well. I think this will be a really great upgrade for Adobe. Our pre-ordered version should be here any day. Stay tuned for a review!

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