CS 5.5 is it really worth it?

Since the release of CS5.5 is coming only a year after CS5, I wanted to know what exactly all the fuss was about and why Adobe feels the CS5.5 new features are worth paying full upgrade price for – A price tag of £635 for the full master suite upgrade USA?

We love CS5 and it is truly awesome, but will its half-life upgrade be all that Adobe has promised?

Adobe CS5.5

Adobe CS5.5

For all you web/media designers out there, a quick review of CS5.5 suggests there’s a design for any screen option (Adobe have been pushing this in their advertising) which is available in both Photoshop and Dreamweaver. This, we’re told, will give you the option to design once and convert to different screen options, thus further helping in the desitgn and development of iPhone/Android apps. There’s also a big hint towards new HTML5 coding snippets and excellent 3D animation features available in Aftereffects.

After reading Adobe’s features and reviews section I’m beginning to feel like this is a re-run of CS5’s features with new pictures and a new write up! (Although I’ve seen some nice text editors in Flash, which looks like it could save us Flash designers a bit of time and hair pulling!)

If you’re a designer or coder who likes to keep up to date with the latest software then CS5.5 is for you, otherwise think before you purchase. Is it really worth £600+, with a full upgrade to CS6 on the way next year?

For more info on CS5.5 check out here: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/design/features.html

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