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Getting the Right Adobe CS3 Bundle

Jul 21, 2008
It's understandable that Adobe have bundled their software. They would obviously like to emulate some of the success that Microsoft have had with their Microsoft Office bundle. However, because of the diverse nature of the Adobe products, there are many different Creative Suite bundles to choose from.

Adobe's acquisition of the Macromedia brand now means that CS3 also encompasses the original Macromedia software packages and to make room for them, Adobe have tried to offer different flavours of CS3 to suit all tastes and all requirements.

So which one is best for you? Well, if you don't have any Adobe products, it will be a question of asking yourself: "Which software do I most need and which packages can I live without?"

If you already own Adobe/Macromedia products then it's really a case of identifying the bundle which offers you the most advantageous upgrade path. Adobe software falls into three broad categories: graphic design and publishing, web design and development and video/multimedia production. The three core bundles available reflect these categories. They are CS3 Design Standard (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat), CS3 Web Standard (Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and Contribute) and CS3 Production Premium (After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, Soundbooth and Encore).

In addition to these three core varieties, there are three composite versions of Adobe Creative Suite 3. The first two offer a cross-media mix. CS3 Design Premium adds Dreamweaver and Flash to the four basic components of CS3 Design Standard.

CS3 Web Premium adds Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat to the four packages offered in CS3 Web Standard. The third composite is the CS3 Master Collection which includes all of the above, all 12 packages found in the other CS3 versions.

You will probably need to do some research before making a decision. Check out the Adobe web-site. It has tons of information on all their products and offers fully functional 30-day trial versions of all their software. So why not download some of it and try it for size.

Whether you are upgrading or buying for the first time, if your budget permits it, the best buy of all is definitely the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection.
About the Author
Author is a developer and trainer with TrainingCompany.Com, an independent computer training company offering Adobe InDesign training courses in London and throughout the UK.
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