By TAN KIT HOONG
ADOBE Systems has unveiled its Adobe Creative Suite 6 product line, which comprises 14 applications that include the popular Photoshop, Premiere Pro, InDesign and many others.
Photoshop is still the photo-editing application by which others are judged, and with Photoshop CS6, Adobe has added many enhancements to make it faster and more powerful.
For one thing, Photoshop CS6 now runs on the Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine, which takes advantage of the PC's GPU to speed up the editing and processing of images.
Photoshop CS6 is said to run well even when working on files that are over 2GB in size, and will now even allow you to work on a file even as you are saving the work in the background.
While Photoshop CS5 had Content Aware Fill, Photoshop CS6 extends this concept with Content Aware Move, where the user can select an object, then move it to another part of the image and have the software automatically fill in the empty space created when the object was moved.
Photoshop CS6 also adds some simple manipulation and creation tools for 3D logos and text, as well as the ability to do simple video editing directly from Photoshop CS6 itself.
Adobe InDesign CS6, the popular desktop publishing application, has also received some enhancements, specifically to cater to digital publishing to devices like Tablet PCs and smartphones.
With the new InDesign CS6, users can now more easily create a vertical layout for a digital magazine and at the same time automatically create and lay out a horizontal version of the same page.
The automatic creation of a horizontal page layout for Tablet devices will not completely free the user from having to tweak the layout of elements on the page, but it does save a lot of time having to make one up from scratch, said Nelson John, creative consultant for the Technical Solutions Group of Adobe Southeast Asia.
As for video-editing, Adobe Creative Suite CS6 also introduces a new application called Prelude, which essentially allows users to "ingest" video content, log and then create a rough cut before creating a more refined version in Premiere Pro.
One of the highlights of Premiere Pro CS6, on the other hand, is the ability to accept unlimited multi-cam video sequences - all of which can be brought up at the same time to create a quick and relatively easy cut using the various multi-cam sequences.
While the previous version of Premiere Pro accepted multi-cam sequences, it was limited to only a maximum of four. CS6 removes this limitation, although how many multi-cam sequences can be edited at the same time would depend on the PC hardware itself.
Adobe Creative Suite CS6 is available in a number of bundles - the CS6 Master Collection will retail for RM9,491 while CS6 Design Standard is RM4,746 and CS6 Production Premium is RM6,936.
Upgrade prices are much cheaper, and for the first time, Adobe is also introducing education pricing for accredited educational institutions with substantial discounts for products.