Some thoughts on Apple/Adobe, and Adobe CS5.

There has been much ado recently about the spat between Apple and Adobe over Apple’s refusal to allow Flash on their mobile devices, instead preferr…

There has been much ado recently about the spat between Apple and Adobe over Apple’s refusal to allow Flash on their mobile devices, instead preferring HTML5. Steve Jobs himself had to write an open letter clarifying his position, with Adobe briefly responding on their blog.

With Adobe CS5 released on the 30th April, call us cynical, but is this timing purely coincidental?

CS4 was such a slick creative tool, surely there can’t be enough major improvements to warrant buying the new edition? Well we believe that there are…

Flash Catalyst is a new tool that “transforms artwork into interfaces and interactive content without writing code”, which sounds pretty impressive to us. Photoshop has also had some major improvements. The process of editing objects from their backgrounds is much simpler with much superior results, and there’s a new feature called ‘Content Aware Fill’, which when selected removes the highlighted object and pastes in an intelligent copy of the image’s background. Illustrator and InDesign are both very good, and on the whole it’s a huge improvement from CS4 (which we thought couldn’t be improved upon).

Initial reviews have been very positive, even the ones about Premier Pro – which had previously been the only inferior product for professional use in Adobe’s CS range. But will Adobe be able to survive without Apple’s support? Is Apple wrong to abandon Flash?

Let us know your thoughts. And why don’t you try CS5 yourself? (Get a free trial from Adobe’s website).

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