Adobe’s new Creative Suite is a sweet deal for schools

Publishing and graphic design software maker Adobe Systems has introduced a complete package of its products at a price that’s very attractive for schools.

The new Adobe Creative Suite boasts upgraded versions of four Adobe software titles, plus two other programs and a design guide, all for just $399 for educators. The suite, which normally sells for $1,229, includes the latest versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and GoLive, as well as Acrobat 6.0 Professional, a design guide, and a new program called Version Cue.

The tools in this package are integrated as never before, Adobe says, making it easier than ever to move files between applications or people. Although this functionality is most advantageous for magazines and ad agencies, Adobe says yearbook committees and graphic design classes also will benefit. Version Cue, the tool that enables this seamless file transferal among programs, is only available in the Adobe Creative Suite. Version Cue also keeps track of every file iteration, allowing individuals or members of working groups to access the various versions easily.

All titles feature enhancements. For example, Photoshop has improved file management capabilities, and Illustrator has enhanced support of three-dimensional images.

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