New Product Joy

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The part of my life that I call "work" depends a great deal on products created by Adobe: Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks, Contribute. Perhaps you are in this situation, too. Maybe you use inDesign and Illustrator, or Flash. Yesterday Adobe held a big party and live-streamed the announcement and demos of the new Creative Suite 3 (CS3) versions of their products.

I attended a party organized by my local Adobe Users Group, one of the most active Adobe Users Groups in the country. In fact, my local group is so active it was one of the three groups called out by the folks on the stage when they were naming all the people around the world who were watching the release show. At our party we had food, lots of swag to give away, and one lucky person won a whole set of the new software. After the demos from Adobe, we went next door to a lab set up with new software that we could try out. There was quite a stampede when it was time for the hands-on look.

People at my site were oohing and aahing over the new features, which are mostly intended to tie all the products together in seamless, simple ways to make tasks easier to accomplish in much less time. That was the part that impressed me. Adobe seemed proudest of the fact that some of the products that hadn't been available on the Mac for a few years were back on the Mac platform.

All in all, I think people who use these products every day, as I do, are going to be quite happy with the new features.

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