Adobe Creative Suite 5

What's in the Box?

Adobe CS5 Design Premium Box Shot
Adobe CS5 Design Premium. Image courtesy of PriceGrabber

Adobe Creative Suite 5 is available in five editions of its high-quality software that are configured to meet the needs of print, web and production designers. There were six version in CS4, but Web Standard is no longer offered. Some editions are geared more toward print design while others focus on web design or interactive media. Discover what each suite includes and choose the edition that best suits your needs. Most of the individual components of CS5 are also available as stand-alone products so you can build your own custom collection if one of Abode's editions doesn't meet your needs.

Any of the editions of Adobe Creative Suite 5 is a excellent investment for graphic artists who aren't happy with Adobe's switch to the Creative Cloud program that requires renting its software annually.

The shared services and apps Bridge, Device Central and Dynamic Link are not available as stand-alone products. Bridge is not included in stand-alone versions of Acrobat Pro, Contribute and Soundbooth.

Design Standard Edition

This basic package includes the most popular page layout, drawing and image software for print professionals and is the least expensive of the Creative Suite 5 editions. This edition is the best choice for graphic artists who work in print exclusively. It includes: 

  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Acrobat 9 Pro
  • Bridge
  • Device Central

Design Premium Edition

Most graphic artists have one foot in each of the print and web worlds and need to be able to move seamlessly between them. For designers who spend most of their time in print, but need some web capability, the Design Premium edition of Creative Suite 5 is an excellent choice. It includes:

  • InDesign
  • Photoshop Extended
  • Illustrator
  • Acrobat 9 Pro
  • Flash (Catalyst and Pro)
  • Dreamweaver
  • Fireworks
  • Bridge
  • Device Central

Web Premium Edition

The web premium edition is the best edition for graphic artists who work exclusively on the web. It lacks InDesign, the page layout software that dominates the print world, and focuses instead on the needs of the web designer. The Web Premium edition includes:

  • Photoshop Extended
  • Illustrator
  • Acrobat 9 Pro
  • Flash (Catalyst, Pro, Builder 4)
  • Contribute
  • Dreamweaver
  • Fireworks
  • Bridge
  • Device Central

Production Premium Edition

Designers who work with video and sound will prefer the Production Premium edition of CS5. The addition of Premiere Pro and Soundbooth make it the right choice for people who spend their days working with video and sound for the web. The Production Premium edition includes:

  • Photoshop Extended
  • Illustrator
  • Flash (Catalyst and Pro)
  • Encore
  • Soundbooth
  • OnLocation
  • Premiere Pro
  • Bridge
  • Device Central
  • Dynamic Link

Master Collection Edition

The master collection edition is for people who can't make up their minds and who have plenty of money to spend. It is loaded with both print and web design tools. This ultimate package includes all the software any print, web or production specialist needs. The Master Collection includes:

  • InDesign
  • Photoshop Extended
  • Illustrator
  • Acrobat 9 Pro
  • Flash (Catalyst, Pro, Builder 4)
  • After Effects
  • Contribute
  • Dreamweaver
  • Encore
  • Fireworks
  • Soundbooth
  • OnLocation
  • Premiere Pro
  • Bridge
  • Device Central
  • Dynamic Link