CS5 is Here! For real!

The wait is over! As of 9pm PST tonight, April 29 – Adobe Creative Suite CS5 is officially shipping! Here’s your chance to check out some of the amazing new features first hand – simply download the free 30 day trial.

As a motion graphics designer, I’m partial to Production Premium. So let’s take a quick look at some of the new features you’ll get to play with:

• speed: Native 64-bit support in After Effects
Thanks to native 64-bit operating system support in After Effects, you can easily work with complex high-resolution projects and see longer RAM previews.

• more speed: Faster Dynamic Link
Dynamic Link’s faster performance allowing you the means to easily refine compositions and sequences by jumping between After Effects CS5 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Additionally, the new memory settings make running multiple Production Premium components more efficient.

• toys: After Effects Roto Brush
One of my favs! You’ve got to check out the new Roto Brush tool – it’s the fastest (and easiest) way to rotoscope. A great new tool to add to the compositor’s toolbox.

• even more speed: Mercury Playback Engine
Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro is dramatically faster! Check out the Mercury Playback Engine, and get ready for amazing speed – even at 4K resolution!

• more toys: Improved 3D Integration using Photoshop
It’s easy to create 3D artwork by extruding objects and text layers in Photoshop CS5 Extended. And while you’re playing in Photoshop, be sure and check out the new brush tools including textured brushes, and some cool new ways to blend colors.

• more toys: Illustrator – a New Perspective
Now you can automatically generate perspective grids for 1, 2 or 3-point linear perspectives in Illustrator. Creating illustrations in perspective has never been this easy. Don’t forget – anything you create in Illustrator can easily be imported into After Effects!

• more file formats: Adobe Media Encoder
With Media Encoder enhancements, you can easily create content in virtually any format including DPX, FLV, F4V, H.264, MPEG-2, QT, WM, and more.

• sound tools: Soundbooth Enhancements
Multitrack editing in Soundbooth CS5 is even better! You can also access more than 10,000 sound effects and over 130 scores that can be easily imported into your Soundbooth files – right from the app! Did I mention these sound files are free?

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are tons of new features and performance enhancements in all of the CS5 applications. Instead of just reading about them – download the 30 day trial and start exploring! Upgrades to CS5 Production Premium are as low as $599.

Over the next few months, we’ll look at some of the new features in Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium in more detail. Until then – enjoy your exploration!

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