How to Select the Right Adobe Creative Suite 4 CS4 Package
Design Standard and Premium
Targets designers working on developing rich interactive applications for print, web and mobile media. Adobe Design Premium comes with the following applications:
Design Standard comes with Adobe Photoshop CS4 not extended version. Design Standard does not include Flash, Dreamweaver or Fireworks. Those working with print media will go for the standard unless they work with interactive and Web media. US$400 separates the two packages not a bad deal for three major applications. The Web Standard and Premium editions don’t come with InDesign, the biggest difference between the two packages for those working with print. Adobe CS4 Design Premium retails for US$1799.
Web designers will want to look at Web Standard and Premium. Adobe Web Premium comes with the following:
Photoshop CS4 Extended Illustrator CS4 Flash CS4 Professional Dreamweaver CS4 Fireworks CS4 Soundbooth CS4 Contribute CS4 Acrobat 9 Pro
The biggest differences between the two Web editions are three applications. Standard does not come with any version of Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat Pro. Standard also omits Soundbooth, but it’s not a widely used application as the previously mentioned applications. Adobe CS4 Web Premium sells for US$1699, US$600 more than standard.
Adobe CS4 Master Collection is the “everything but the kitchen sink” package for people who just want it all.
InDesign CS4 Photoshop CS4 Extended Illustrator CS4 Flash CS4 Professional Dreamweaver CS4 Fireworks CS4 Contribute CS4 After Effects Adobe Premier Pro CS4 Adobe OnLocation CS4 Encore CS4 Soundbooth CS4 Acrobat 9 Pro
The price tag for all of Adobe’s CS4 applications is US$2499. The next most expensive is Design Premium, which costs $700 less. Design Premium doesn’t include Contribute, After Effects, Premiere, Soundbooth, OnLocation and Encore. AfterEffects alone costs $999, which more than makes up for the $700 difference unless you absolutely won’t use any of these multimedia and video production applications.