There have been a couple of references in the past few weeks to the next iteration of the Creative Suite for Adobe. Now in its third edition, recent web searches have seen a few alleged leaks of a beta called Stonehenge on various torrent sites. Since no public beta has been released by Adobe thus far – the recommendation is to stay clear of these “leaked” versions. With the extensive proliferation of spyware, malicious viruses, rootkits and all other sorts of destructive code commonly referred to as “malware”, this practice does make sense.

However, rest assured, a CS4 is going to happen eventually. Some are obviously in the know already as they work hand-in-hand with Adobe in beta testing software even before it gets to public release beta versions. (Case in point, a coy reference from Dave Cross on a video blog entry a week or two ago.) It’s no secret that the industry leaders like Dave and others are definitely insiders as well, and get to sneak a peak at upcoming software before it ever gets to anyone else. How else could these guys get up to speed on it so quickly? Sure, they’re quite adept at their craft, and are obviously not mental slouches by any means, but knowing everything they know as soon as betas hit the web simply means they are privileged individuals, whether they care to publicize it or not.

There is other evidence though as some of the screenshots posted in various web forums and blogs seem to indicate that the next version of CS4 should be forthcoming (at least in beta) before the end of the year. While the veracity of these resources is unknown to me, there does seem to be some credence to the legitimacy of a beta already in the works, both by the historical time line Adobe takes with new product releases, as well as similarities in the names to boot! (Adobe has a product out that uses a Stonehenge theme already, called Atmosphere and you can download an EPS version of the graphic here: Stonehenge EPS File) While it’s not really all that similar to the graphic found for the “beta screen shot” seen on CybernetNews, the mere fact that the naming scheme is repeating itself suggests that something is definitely in the works.

So, does anyone else have any thoughts on the CS4 time frame, and when it might be released. Thus far, the only news I’ve seen is what you see posted above. Feel free to share your thoughts and predictions in the comments section! Tomorrow is likely a “no blog Thursday” for me as I am having my first even root canal done. Not looking forward to that! Until Friday then, happy shooting, watch those apertures!

6 thoughts on “Adobe Creative Suite 4?

  1. No worries Marc – just glad you found your way here, and hopefully the site has been a useful resource for you. Interesting that the site ranks high for CS4 on Google searches…perhaps I should write more about it now that it’s apparently in beta! 🙂

  2. Interesting, I didn’t even think of Director.

    The addition of Flex and ColdFusion makes me think that CS Web Standard (which is now basically the same as the old Macromedia Studio) may resemble the current Web Premium in the next version, and CS Web Premium will be truly aimed at power users. Right now, I own Web Premium, even though I am a low level user, because I don’t consider Photoshop or Acrobat “optional”. However, Flex, Coldfusion, and the rumored “Thermo” are way over my head.

    Director is a different story all together. I REALLY hope it’s added to the Production package. (I have Production Premium in my studio and Web Premium in my office.) I’ve had clients inquire about CD-Rom material before, and I’ve always steered them towards interactive DVDs. I’ve always thought about adding Director to my toolbox, but could never justify the cost.

    Perhaps we’ll now get a “Production Standard” in addition to “Production Premium.” Pull out Illustrator and Flash for the standard version, and add Director (and give us back Audition!) in the premium.

    Sorry, I know this is a photography blog, but it comes up high in Google searches for CS4.

  3. Hi Marc,

    Not sure as I am not 100% familiar with the entire Adobe family of products, but in looking through their product page, and comparing the color scheme from the Doug Winnie’s site you referenced to Adobe’s actual products directory, it looks like Di in the orange box is the logo for Adobe Director. More information on that can be found here:

    http://www.adobe.com/products/director/

  4. Ooops…I forgot “Cf” is ColdFusion, I guess they are pushing that again. Any thoughts on “Di”?

  5. Forgive me, I’m not a regular reader, found this through Google. Maybe you address this on a more recent blog, but Adobe is unveiling CS4 on September 23rd.

    There’s a graphic here- http://www.adobe.dougwinnie.com/?p=69
    -that shows logos for the usual suspects, but also Flex, and two I can’t identify- “Cf” and “Di”. There are no logos for Encore, On Location or Ultra, but this might be because they aren’t sold individually anymore.

  6. I haven’t heard much more than you on any specifics, but I would definately expect a beta by the end of the year. Adobe has often said that their major product release cycle for the suite is every 18-24 months or so. That would put a CS4 release in the November ’08-April ’09 time frame. Regardless of the time frame, I’m stoked for it! I’m one of the unfortunate that are compelled to upgrade immediately.

    Also, I hope that we’ll also see Lightroom 2 prior to the end of the year.

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