Do it all and never leave the Suite

 When it comes to web publishing, one can't tell you how fast it becomes frustrating when an image needs to be edited in one application, then replaced in the local document, re-formatted, sized and compressed, then printed and faxed somewhere for approval -- or try to push it off somewhere else to make it into a .pdf and then email it in yet another application -- all while I've got other documents and applications open -- to say nothing of deadlines -- and I can't find the most recent version of the image, or which folder I saved it in...

All 4 Adobe suites in one box

How much time am I wasting?
How many times am I doing the same tasks, creating, writing, building, editing, placing, sizing, formatting, editing, reformatting, publishing, rewriting, recreating, resaving, replacing, reformatting, republishing... all day, every day, using different applications for each process, and import issues presenting problems at every turn?!?

I'm supposed to track all edits and publish to the web all these files of many formats.

Can you say... integration-deficiency??

The CS family

Finally... Adobe has simultaneously updated all of its great products and created a complete design solution that lets today's creative professionals create and publish content for print and the Web faster, more easily, and quite affordably. The Adobe Creative Suite combines the full, new versions of Adobe's leading-edge creative applications -Adobe Photoshop CS with Adobe ImageReady CS, Adobe Illustrator CS, Adobe InDesign CS, Adobe GoLive CS, and Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional- with the new Version Cue file version manager, which lets you easily track iterations and quickly locate files. It also supports a complete Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) workflow and offers both a collection of educational resources to help you work more efficiently and expanded support options. In short, the Adobe Creative Suite offers time-saving integration, simplified workflows, and excellent value.

Photoshop CS

The tight integration of the Creative Suite toolkit lets you switch applications without slowing down, thanks to common commands, tools, and palettes. When you get really familiar with the interface and the toolbox, you'll want to use this command: Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts
which will let you customize the commands you use most often, making it that much easier to be productive -and creative.

Indesign CS

The Adobe Creative Suite features many shared core technologies that bring predictability to the design process. Such shared technologies as the Adobe Color Engine, Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP), Flattener and Separation Preview palettes, and support for OpenType fonts minimize production glitches and provide consistency across the tools that you use to create, view, and print your masterpieces.

The Adobe Graphics Manager and the Adobe Color Engine are two foundational technologies
in the Adobe Creative Suite. The Adobe Graphics Manager allows images, graphics, and text to be displayed consistently in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, GoLive, and Acrobat 6.0 Professional, rendering the same smooth gradients and the same high-quality display in all of those components. The Adobe Color Engine (ACE), meanwhile, is the heart of the color management capabilities in the Adobe Creative Suite. Color management helps to enable the consistent and predictable display and printing of color across software tools and hardware devices.

XMP is an open, standards-based enabling technology that adds intelligence to files so that
they're easier to find, re-use, archive, and exchange. Supported by all of Adobe's native file formats, including Adobe PDF, XMP lets you capture, preserve, and share meaningful XML-based metadata across files and workflows, opening the door for more efficient job processing, workflow automation, and efficient rights management, among other possibilities.
XMP metadata such as title, author, subject, and keywords can be viewed or added to a file in the File Info dialog boxes of Photoshop CS, ImageReady CS, Illustrator CS, and InDesign CS, or in the Document Properties dialog box in Acrobat 6.0 Professional. In a Version Cue workflow, XMP file information is added when files are saved to the Version Cue workspace. Version Cue uses the XMP file information to let you search for files. Need to find or share a file? Open: My Projects will show you thumbnail previews of all of your project files, complete with such file information as version comments and previous authors. You can search for files by comments, date, author and keyword. Remember to include your edit comments for every version. Version Cue lets you work the way you always have but brings an end to the hassles of devising file-naming conventions and to frustrating browsing across hard drives, networked servers, and FTP sites.

This amazing package allows you to exchange artwork between Photoshop and Illustrator more easily than ever, and you can drop native graphics and Adobe PDF files into InDesign and GoLive layouts. Export vector files from Illustrator CS and open them in Photoshop CS with layers, text, slices, transparency, and image maps intact. Or save raster files from Photoshop and then open or place them in Illustrator files; Illustrator CS can recognize and preserve Photoshop text, vector shapes, and layers, making it easy to work with layered Photoshop content.

Smart Objects technology lets you place these native, layered files into GoLive CS which automatically converts the content to sliced images and HTML; it can import Macromedia Flash (SWF) content generated by Illustrator CS and ImageReady CS as well. Get this... You can export PSD layers as images or Flash files, making it dramatically easier to integrate with Flash technology. You can even generate Flash files that contain variable text to enable dynamically updated pages, and use new conditional logic in actions to build smarter automated processes. Sit with those possibilities.

GoLive detects changes to the source images and regenerates the Web-ready files -- you no longer have to manually re-export images and code. You can import data from a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet or database and then batch-create images automatically in one step. These extraordinary, well-integrated features dramatically reduce the time it takes to prepare images and publish them on the Web.

Adobe PDF files can be used to place art in print and Web layouts, as well as to exchange documents reliably across platforms, to streamline reviews, and to produce final print output.
As most designers today know, pages designed for print require high-quality, high resolution
images and graphics. But if those same pages are going to be posted on a Web site, forget it: they need to be much smaller so that they can be downloaded quickly. That's why the Adobe Creative Suite gives you the capability to optimize Adobe PDF files for the Web if they were originally created for print. Open any Adobe PDF file in Acrobat 6.0 Professional and re-distill it using the Smallest File Size setting. Or use the Reduce File Size or PDF Optimizer command to downsample images, apply greater ZIP and JPEG compression, change font embedding settings, flatten layers, and much more to make print-ready files more compact.
You can also use the optimizer to remove unnecessary objects and to save your Adobe PDF files to an earlier version of Acrobat, for backward compatibility.

OK... so you know how your clients never seem to have the technology you need them to have for you to properly show your work, efficiently and immediately?

Initiate an Adobe PDF review by e-mailing the files from Acrobat 6.0 Professional. Using the Send by Email for Review command launches your default e-mail application, attaches the Adobe PDF file, and provides reviewers detailed instructions on how to comment on the file; a how-to pane also helps reviewers through every step of the process of marking up the file. Then they can click Send from within Acrobat 6.0 Professional or Standard to e-mail the marked-up proof back to you, saving you the inconveniences of printing and mailing proofs to clients overnight. How cool is that?

Adobe has always been the leader in graphics design tools, but this integrated package really allows a designer and publisher to manage all the pieces and the tools effectively so that they, the tools, actually serve us, the designers, rather than the other way around. The idea of integrating tools is not new; doing it well, with logic, grace, efficiency and expandability, is refreshingly new.

If you would like to find out more about this and other great Adobe products you can visit thier website at:

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