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Adobe CS5.5 New Features Guide

Adobe CS5.5 New Features Guide

Buying Guide

SoftwareMedia is here with our detailed list of CS5.5 features and upgrades to help you determine whether an upgrade to Adobe CS5.5 is right for you. We have compiled this list of new and improved features so that you may decide for yourself whether Adobe CS5 is good enough, if you’d like to pay for the half-life upgrade to CS5.5, or if you’d like to simply wait for the future Adobe CS6 release.

Adobe CS5.5 Suite Comparison

Photoshop CS5
Photoshop CS5 Extended
Illustrator CS5
InDesign CS5.5
Acrobat X Professional
Flash Catalyst CS5.5
Flash Professional CS5.5
Flash Builder 4.5 Premium
Dreamweaver CS5.5
Fireworks CS5
Contribute CS5
Premiere Pro CS5.5
After Effects CS5.5
Audition CS5.5
Bridge CS5
Device Central CS5
Media Encoder
OnLocation CS5
Encore CS5


Adobe CS5.5 Master Collection is the most comprehensive collection of design and creativity software available from Adobe. The Master Collection contains over 15 software applications and costs considerably less than purchasing the individual products separately. The Adobe CS5.5 Master Collection, Design and Web Premiums now include Adobe Acrobat X Professional, which we feel is -in itself- worth the price of upgrading.
Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium is the ultimate video production toolkit. Craft video productions, motion graphics, visual effects, and interactive experiences with high-performance and industry-leading creative tools. In addition to the new features, bug-fixes and upgrades for CS5.5, Adobe Audition CS5.5 now replaces Adobe Soundbooth as the audio editing component of Production Premium. Production Premium now features enhanced support for project exchange between Adobe programs and other NLES.
Adobe CS5.5 Design Premium is all-in-one tool kit for designers looking to produce fantastic creative content in print, web, interactive, and mobile design. Design Premium lets you craft amazing images and graphics, lay out stunning pages, build standards-based websites, create interactive content without writing code, and extend page layouts for viewing with eBook reading devices. Adobe CS5.5 Design Premium now features simplified object selection and editing tools, in addition to enhanced ability to produce creative content for tablets, smart-phones and other mobile devices.

Adobe CS5.5 Web Premium is the ultimate toolkit for web designers who wish to create stunning, standards-based web pages and interactive digital creations. Adobe CS5.5 Web Premium now features enhanced tools for creating interactive applications and pages for distribution on the ever-growing mobile device platform as well as enhanced scripting tools and expanded support for programming languages.

Here is a concise bullet-list of some of the new features and upgrades in Adobe CS5.5.

Acrobat X Professional now included in Master Collection, Web Premium and Design Premium

After Effects CS5.5

  • Warp Stabilizer eliminates unwanted camera movement, allowing you to stabilize shaky camera shots in post-production.
  • Camera Lens Blur easily mimics physical camera lenses, giving realistic depth-of-field blur.
  • Light Falloff enables users to mimic the natural behavior of light in a 3D scene.

Audition CS5.5

  • Now functions on both Macintosh and Windows operating systems.
  • Completely re-written for enhanced performance.

Device Central

  • HTML5 emulation and support.
  • Adobe BrowserLab has been updated for cross-browser compatibility testing.

Dreamweaver CS5.5

  • New HTML5 support includes jQuery mobile framework for integration with browser-based content.
  • PhoneGap integration for native and mobile application design.
  • Multi-screen panel enhancements that support the latest media queries, WebKit engine updates and CSS3.

Flash Builder 4.5

  • Mobile support for ActionScript and mobile Flex projects.
  • Improved designer-developer collaboration throughout development of applications.
  • New bi-directional workflow with Flash Catalyst CS5.5 and Flash Professional CS5.5.

Flash Professional CS5.5

  • Easily scale content for different screen sizes.
  • New shared asset feature for more streamlined publishing.
  • 20 new code snippets for creating mobile and Adobe AIR apps for accelerometer, multitouch gestures and save/load data.
  • Enhanced application development for mobile devices such as Android, Blackberry, Tablet OS and iOS devices.

Illustrator CS5 (not upgraded)

  • Variable width strokes.
  • More precise arrowheads.
  • Dashed line controls.
  • Stretch controls for brushes.
  • Brushes with new corner controls.

InDesign CS5.5

  • New Folio producer tools work with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.
  • Now design rich media for use on tablets and smartphones.
  • Add video, audio, panoramic views, 360-degree image rotation, pan and zoom and integrate HTML5 content into documents for tablets.

Photoshop Extended CS5 (not upgraded)

  • Content-Aware Fill removes details or objects from images and fills the space left behind, appearing as though the removed content had never been present.
  • New Photoshop-based apps for iPad and smartphones.

Premiere Pro CS5.5

  • The Mercury Playback Engine has been given expanded GPU hardware support to include laptops and many more supported graphics cards.
  • New editing and trimming tools make post-production even more precise and efficient.
  • New Merge Clips command allows you to easily sync high-quality audio recorded from separate sources, and is perfect for DSLR or RED camera use.
  • Enhanced Support for tapeless cameras.
  • New 64-bit Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 has been redesigned to easily deliver Premiere Pro CS5.5, After Effects CS5.5 and Encore CS5.5 projects to multiple screen formats.
  • New support for formats such as AVC-Intra and DPX
  • Enhanced exchange between other NLES (non-linear editing systems).

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