Adobe Ships CS3 Master Collection, Production Premium Suite

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Adobe today is launching the Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Creative Suite 3 Master Collection, the two final installments in the Creative Suite 3 rollout.

The Adobe CS3 Production Premium suite incorporates a combination of design applications released earlier this year and all-new versions of the company's digital video and DVD authoring applications, including After Effects Professional, Premiere Pro, and Encore, as well as the company's audio editing tool Soundbooth. All of the major applications in the suite are available for both Mac OS X and Windows, including Premiere Pro, which makes its return to the Mac platform, and Encore, which debuts for the Mac platform with this latest release. (Applications that were not available on the Mac in their previous incarnations now support only Intel-based Macs; applications like After Effects Pro, which had been available on the Mac previously, continue to support PowerPC-based systems.) The two applications that did not make their way onto the Mac platform this time around are Ultra CS3 (for chroma keying) and OnLocation CS3 (for direct to disk recording and monitoring of video in the field).

Other applications in the suite include Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, and Flash CS3 Professional. Applications in the Production Premium suite can also be purchased separately.

Also making its debut today is the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection, which incorporates all of the applications from all the different premium versions of Creative Suite 3 (Design Premium, Web Premium, and Production Premium). These include: InDesign CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, Contribute CS3, Fireworks CS3, After Effects CS3 Professional, Premiere Pro CS3, Soundbooth CS3, Encore CS3, Acrobat 8 Professional, OnLocation CS3 (Windows only) and Ultra CS3 (Windows only).

Retail for the CS3 production Premium edition is $1,699. The Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection runs $2,499.

For the K-12 space, Adobe is offering education site licenses for the Master Collection and Production Premium suite, as well as the previously released CS3 bundles. Pricing for the licenses, which include 500 seats of a given suite edition, is as follows:

  • CS3 Design Standard site license: $4,999;
  • CS3 Design Premium site license: $7,499;
  • CS3 Web Standard site license: $3,999;
  • CS3 Web Premium site license: $7,499;
  • CS3 Master Collection site license: $12,499.

The site licenses are available only to K-12 public and private qualifying schools at a single address and include teacher home use rights and student computers that are owned or leased by the school. Adobe will also offer education pricing for the boxed applications for individual users. More information about education pricing and site licenses is available on Adobe's K-12 site, linked below.

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About the author: David Nagel is the executive editor for 1105 Media's online education technology publications, including THE Journal and Campus Technology. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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