Upgrading to CS3

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adobecs3.pngCurrently I’m using Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium. On a limited basis, I’ve been testing out the Photoshop CS3 Beta and figured I should give CS3 a test drive before upgrading the rest of the guys in my department.

I was given the go-ahead to upgrade to CS3 if I wanted to a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve struggled with what version to get. I was torn between getting the Design Premium and Web Premium versions… Honestly, I’ve been toying with the idea of not upgrading at all considering a few of the reviews I’ve read. This morning I ordered Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium (that’s a mouthful!). The source of contention in deciding which version came down to one thing: InDesign CS3.

We do a little bit of print design at PowerServe, but most of it can be done in Photoshop and/or Illustrator without the need for InDesign. As a matter of fact, in the time I have had InDesign I have only used it for one project. (Hardly enough justification to get an upgraded version of the app.) With CS3 Web Premium I’ll gain access to Contribute CS3, Flash CS3, Fireworks CS3… which I definitely think fit in more with the kind of work I do now.

I’m looking forward to using it, and if all works out I’ll be picking up copies of it for my three coworkers in the near future.

8 thoughts on “Upgrading to CS3

  1. I think that it is great that you can find a version that fits all your needs. I am split between giving up Fireworks—a program I love, or investing in the Master collection which I don’t have the funds for. Since I do both print and web the Master collection would be best, if it did not come with such a big price tag.

  2. We will probably go with Web Premium. We are in the unique position of being an all-digital shop. What little print stuff we may do is for internal purposes and Illustrator and/or an older version of Quark will suit those needs fine.

  3. @Nick: Another option you might consider is getting the package that meets your needs the best, and then get upgrade versions of apps you might otherwise need. For instance, you could potentially get Design Premium and then get the upgrade versions of Fireworks and Flash separately. It’d probably work out to be much cheaper than the Master Collection…

  4. @Jeremy: We’re in the same position. One of my coworkers does do some video stuff from time to time… so I may look at another package for him… But Web Premium seems to be the best fit for us.

  5. I think that it is great that you can find a version that fits all your needs. I am split between giving up Fireworks—a program I love, or investing in the Master collection which I don’t have the funds for. Since I do both print and web the Master collection would be best, if it did not come with such a big price tag.

  6. We will probably go with Web Premium. We are in the unique position of being an all-digital shop. What little print stuff we may do is for internal purposes and Illustrator and/or an older version of Quark will suit those needs fine.

  7. @Nick: Another option you might consider is getting the package that meets your needs the best, and then get upgrade versions of apps you might otherwise need. For instance, you could potentially get Design Premium and then get the upgrade versions of Fireworks and Flash separately. It’d probably work out to be much cheaper than the Master Collection…

  8. @Jeremy: We’re in the same position. One of my coworkers does do some video stuff from time to time… so I may look at another package for him… But Web Premium seems to be the best fit for us.

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