Time For Some Meat: Adobe CS3, Apollo, Silverlight
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:
- Design Premium: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver. ($1,799 new, $599 upgrade)
- Design Standard: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Acrobat. ($1,199 new, $399 upgrade)
- Web Premium: Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver, Contribute, Fireworks. ($1,599 new, $499 upgrade)
- Web Standard: Flash, Dreamweaver, Contribute, Fireworks. ($1,199 new, $399 upgrade)
- Production Premium: Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Soundbooth, Encore, OnLocation, Ultra ($1,699 new, $799 upgrade)
- Master Collection: Everything. ($2,499 new, $1,399 upgrade)
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.
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