Thursday, September 4, 2008

Upcoming Adobe CS4 Unveiling

On Sept. 23, Adobe will be taking the wraps off Creative Suite 4, the latest version of its brace of creative software tools. You can sign up for a Web broadcast about it. With their acquisition of Macromedia a few years ago, Adobe has certainly become the leading player in a slew of graphic arts-related technologies, including not only print but Web-based graphics, interactive applications, etc. So this unveiling will be important for anyone in the field.

Two of Adobe's preeminent software products, Illustrator and Photoshop, have sometimes suffered in comparison with the former Freehand (Aldus and then Macromedia) and Painter (Fractal Design, then Metacreations and then Corel). Adobe came close to grabbing Freehand when they acquired Aldus in 1994, but the original developer, Altsys of Texas, sued to regain the marketing rights they had licensed to Aldus, and then was promptly swallowed by Macromedia. Adobe finally gained Freehand as part of the Macromedia acquisition, and they immediately killed it off as a competitor to Adobe's own Illustrator.

Fortunately, I think many Freehand lovers will rejoice at new features in Illustrator CS4.

Likewise, I think fans of Painter will welcome the new additions to Photoshop in CS4. The core set of photo retouching tools will continue to expand more and more into the realm of image creation.

So what features do you think will be in CS4? What would you like to see? Click on 'Comments' below to add your ideas.

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