First Impressions – Creative Suite CS Pro

After using Adobe Photoshop for a while, I decided to go for the upgrade offer to the full Creative Suite I received by email from Adobe recently. There is going to be a lot of things to learn, but I have heard so many good things about this package, that I am convinced it will be well worth the effort.

GoLive CS2

This is probably the product in the package I knew least about. Fortunately I found a string of brilliant screen cam demo’s by Lynn Girollo at The Layer’s magazine.
It looks like a promising tool for me. What I find most impressive is the total commitment to CSS – If you followed some of my previous columns, you will be familiar with my early attempt to drop html-tables entirely from my web pages. This tools offers more than that, facilities to convert old table based code to nice div structure along with what I would call avisual CSS

Illustrator CS2

Vector based illustration – another big thing I have wanted to look into for a while. Looks like a number of new exiting features have been introduced. Looking forward to have a closer look at the live trace feature and see how it compares with the FlashMx equivalent.

Indesign CS2

Getting this product installed releives me from having to learn MS Publisher. I always found Publisher to be a strange animal to work with and I am looking forward to getting acquainted with the Indesign world- Especially interesting is the book layout, the advanced typography features as opentext fonts and ligatures.

Acrobat 7 Professional

Didn’t think I would need this one really. I have a version 6 installed already and am very happy with it. After looking closer, it seems like a lot of effort has been added to this new version as well. I was impressed to read about the printing support.