The launch of the newest and most feature-packed versions of Adobe's design tools, Creative Suite 6, is being held today in San Francisco. Those eagerly anticipating the official release will be happy to know it's coming "within 30 days," and that Adobe is starting pre-orders for the software immediately. We covered a lot of the changes in Photoshop CS6 in our hands-on preview, but the company's numerous other offerings such as Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and After Effects are getting significant updates as well. Pricing remains more or less the same compared to CS5.5, with the regular and Extended versions of Photoshop CS6 unchanged at $699 and $999 respectively.
For the most part, Adobe is offering its CS packages at the same price as its 5.5 offerings as well, with pricing for the Design Standard ($1,299) and Master Collection ($2,599) packages remaining unchanged. One notable exception is the Production Premium package for video professionals, which is being bumped up $200 to $1,899 thanks in part to the addition of new applications Adobe Prelude and Adobe Speed Grade. Lastly, Adobe's $1,799 Web Premium package is being dropped from the company's lineup, replaced with the $1,899 Design and Web Premium package.
One major change in pricing this year is Adobe's launch of Creative Cloud, which gives subscribers access to all of Adobe's Creative Suite tools, in addition to Lightroom 4, for a monthly fee. The company hopes its $49.99-a-month subscription service ($29.99 a month for students) will allow it to drive more purchases, similar to how it was able to increase revenues with the launch of the original CS software suite.
If you're interested in seeing exactly what Adobe has in store with its newest release, be sure to check out its live streaming launch event, beginning at 10AM Pacific time and being rebroadcast through the day.
Update: Placing a pre-order on Adobe's site gives us an estimated May 7th delivery date, well within the 30-day window Adobe quotes in its press release. Thanks, nathanalf!