Time For Some Meat: Adobe CS3, Apollo, Silverlight

April 16, 2007

Let’s take a break from Twitter and the “narcissystem” and take a look at some real, hearty productive development platform stuff from the big boys, Microsoft and Adobe.

Adobe Creative Suite 3

Adobe just announced Creative Suite 3. It looks like the merger between Adobe and Macromedia has resulted in some big packages of software that have me drooling.

The matrix of what programs are included in which package is a bit complex, but Amazon has a good rundown. Prices are from the Adobe website:

Personally, my ideal software group includes Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and Dreamweaver, which means I’m likely going with the Web Premium edition. That’s a freaking awesome collection of programs, and although all these packages are a bit confusing, it sure is cool to get my favorite Macromedia programs along with my favorite Adobe ones all in one fell swoop.

Apollo, Silverlight

In addition to Creative Suite 3, Adobe has something interesting going on with Apollo. The appeal of Apollo from my perspective, is using Flash ActionScript to develop desktop applications.

Meanwhile, Silverlight is something from Microsoft that from what I can gather, is meant to compete with Adobe’s Flash, specifically Flash video. Seemingly in response, Adobe has announced a desktop Flash Video player in the form of Adobe Media Player. This may not seem like that big a deal until one realizes that all the YouTube videos are in Flash Video format. Flash Video may essentially move forward as a video codec competitive with WMV, QuickTime, and Real (does anybody use Real anymore?). And guess what: The Adobe Media Player is built on Apollo.

Admittedly, I haven’t played around with Apollo or Silverlight at this point, but I fully intend to.

Additional Reading: J LeRoy’s Evolving Web, The Wall Street Journal, Don Dodge


  1. Jamie says:

    I downloaded the alpha SDK for apollo. Nifty app, works like a charm. I had a number of swfs packaged as mini-apps in no time flat. This will be a boon for content developers who want to put their apps on the desktop.

  2. em says:

    i went to a demo at the apple store in soho and despite the super-annoying demonstrater, was impressed with some of the new tricks. in indesign, for example, when you want to place an object, you can load your cursor w/ like 4 at once and dump each where you want. but i’m still learning cs2!

  3. webomatica says:

    Yeah, I’m currently eyeing the Web Premium Edition. We should be getting the upgrade at work any day now so I’m jonesing to start playing with the applications and checking out the new features.