Apr 29, 2010
Adobe Creative Suite 5 Ships
Finally, the many months of hard work are about to pay off. Adobe Creative Suite 5 for English is now available. You can purchase CS5 at the following link:
Or you can try it here:
Sorry, I don’t have a link yet for UK Trial.
Note, first time through this website will likely put you into a page to choose a location.
There’s lots to be proud of with CS5; but, for this blog in particular we’re rolling out a new licensing, installer and updater solution. You should see much more reliable behavior in all areas.
We haven’t been able to address everything we want in the installer and licensing solutions; but, we’ve made great inroads. One thing in particular to point out is that the volume deployment toolkit will not be available for another month or so. This toolkit will be made freely available once it is ready. For those interested in a sneak peek please let me know and I’ll add you to our volume deployment prerelease program.
Some of our biggest accomplishments are:
• A new licensing architecture. We should be much more robust and forgiving of error conditions. We also no longer have the same binding to the hardware that we had before for activation. Although we have the same activation policy in general, simple hardware changes like switching out a new hard drive shouldn’t result in an increased activation count.
• A completely rewritten updater. After all the negative feedback on previous incarnations of AUM we’ve scrapped the implementation and built one that we hope will be much more appropriate for our users. Update checks are scheduled events. The patch technology is exactly the same as the installer technology and so should be more robust. And an entirely new UI to provide more information about the patch and more flexibility in managing patches is now available. The same sorts of configuration options as CS4 are available (i.e. you can turn the whole updater off if you want.)
• Addressed some of the top customer call generators for CS4. We’ve fixed 8 of the 10 top tech support call generators. The other two are outside the area of installation and licensing.
• Significant change to the installer architecture to enable better volume deployments and increase reliability in retail deployments. In addition, a new user experience is built on top of the architecture that should be easier and more attractive for our retail customers. Again, if you want to be on the prerelease progrom for our volume deployment tool let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
• Support of the new CS Live services that are bundled with the desktop product purchase.
There’s lots more; but, these are the big ones.
Last, but certainly not least, a big Thank You! to all our prerelease customers who have helped us iron out the kinks in this release for the last many months.