Adobe Crams 250 New Features into Creative Suite 5 Software

Paul Lilly

Adobe today officially announced its Creative Suite 5 bundle, calling it a "breakthrough release" with full version upgrades of flagship tools.

There are over 250 new features introduced in CS5, including native 64-bit support for Windows and Macs (Photoshop, Premier Pro, and After Effects), new stroke options, better edge detecting technology, and a nifty addition called Content-Aware Fill. Adobe previously posted a demo of its Content-Aware Fill technology (see here ), which allows users to quickly remove an object or element from a photo without worrying about filling in the empty background space. With Content-Aware Fill, Photoshop CS5 automatically replaces the removed object with background elements in a matter of seconds, a process that would take far longer if performed manually.

There's a lot included here, such as enabling content and application creation for Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2; tighter integration with Nvidia 3D graphics cards, specifically with the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine so CS5 users can open projects faster, refine effects-rich HD sequences in real time, and play back complex projects without rendering; and better online support with Dreamweaver CS5 now supporting Drupal, Joomla, and Wordpress.

CS5 products are scheduled to ship within 30 days. Pre-order and pricing information here .

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