Adobe touts HTML5 advances with Creative Suite 5.5 release

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Adobe Systems unveiled its Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product line, promising designers and developers new and expanded tools to target smartphone and tablet platforms like Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS.

Among the highlights of Creative Suite 5.5, according to Adobe: "Substantive" HTML5 advances in Dreamweaver (including jQuery mobile framework integration for browser-based content and PhoneGap integration for native and mobile application design and development), new tablet and smartphone application development capabilities in Flash Professional CS5.5 and Flash Builder Premium 4.5 (e.g., support for ActionScript and mobile Flex projects, as well as improved designer-developer collaboration tools), enhanced cross-browser testing and mobile emulation and on-device debugging.

The launch of Creative Suite 5.5 also heralds significant changes to Adobe's release strategy: The firm now plans to offer major Creative Suite product introductions at 24-month intervals, boosted by significant mid-cycle releases. Adobe also will offer subscription-based pricing plans, offering access to Adobe Photoshop beginning at $35 per month, Adobe Design Premium CS5.5 starting at $95 per month and Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection for $129 per month.

Adobe adds that in June it will release Flex framework updates enabling developers to reuse most or all of their code across apps that target multiple platforms. New components will enhance the Spark skinning and component architecture introduced in Flex 4, while Flash Builder 4.5 improvements will accelerate coding for Flex and ActionScript projects via best practice code templates, code completion and code generation features. Adobe notes the new features are targeted at creating standalone installed mobile applications using Adobe AIR, adding that developers can now deploy their apps to the new Amazon Appstore for Android as well as Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store, Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android Market and BlackBerry App World.

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