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New Software from Adobe and Markzware

Adobe announces a sweeping update to most of their non-video apps and Markzware has finally released a new version of Flightcheck

Adobe announces a sweeping update to most of their non-video apps. Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign are all graced with an upgrade to the “CS” moniker, removing the numbering system ala Macromedia. CS, of course, stands for Creative Suite, which is now split into “Standard” and “Professional” editions, the latter including Acrobat 6 Professional. Seems that most of the new features in PS and IL are minor, although ID’s color palette will see much expanded functionality. The PS upgrade in particular is somewhat of a letdown since non-destructive filter layers are apparently not in the final release. Methinks this is the one big feature that Adobe will hang over the heads of users to force yet another upgrade to CS 2005, PS9 or whatever the next version might be called.

Also in software news, Markzware has finally released a new version of Flightcheck. For print designers, this absolutely essential piece of software sees some critical new features, including support for PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3, OSX (it’s about time) and OpenType fonts.