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Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6) review

All the key reviews from Adobe's latest design, video and web suite

Our Verdict

For

  • Various Photoshop enhancements
  • Multi-camera support in Premiere Pro
  • Trimming tools in Premiere Pro
  • Cross-device grid tools in Dreamweaver
  • Content Collector in InDesign

Against

  • You'll need a decent graphics card
  • Older Photoshop filters not updated

Adobe's latest Creative Suite is here - and we've teamed up with our sister site CreativeBloq to bring you all the key reviews from Adobe's peerless set of graphic design, web development and video editing applications.

The suite was last updated in April last year with the 5.5 release, but it's two years since it was given a full revision. Four versions of the suite are available, Design Standard CS6, Web Premium CS6, Production Premium CS6 and finally Master Collection CS6.

Get Creative Suite 6 (CS6) from Adobe

CS6 is the first suite that Adobe is offering as part of a subscription package called Adobe Creative Cloud - annual subscribers can a monthly fee of £38 while it's £57.17 for month-by-month subscribers, rather handy for situations where you need to bring in a few extra seats for a limited time as part of a specific project.

Here are all the key Creative Suite 6 reviews from TechRadar and CreativeBloq:

Adobe Photoshop CS6 review

A new version of Photoshop is always a highlight in the designer's calendar, and CS6 is no exception. Those looking for the much-heralded Deblur filter, however, will be disappointed: it's far too early for inclusion this time around. In fact, those looking for big splashy show-off features will also be looking in vain.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 review

When Apple released Final Cut Pro X last year, many veterans were up in arms as it wasn't just an update to the program they'd come to know, love and rely on, it was a complete departure from what they were used to. You either loved it or hated it. Those who fell into the latter category started to shop around, and Adobe was only too pleased to welcome new clients to their platform. With the release of the latest version, part of their major CS6 update, Adobe is working very hard to make sure their clientele stays put.

Adobe After Effects CS6 review

Adobe After Effects has a huge user base in the motion graphics and animation sectors, so any update to the power of this venerable compositing workhorse will be eagerly scrutinised by those working in broadcast and cross-media applications. Luckily for those artists (and Adobe), After Effects CS6 will do nothing to tarnish its status and appeal.

Adobe Illustrator CS6 review

Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard tool for vector drawing and illustration, used by a wide variety of creative professionals including editorial illustrators, identity designers, textile and pattern designers, UI designers, motion artists and many others. It's always been an incredibly versatile tool, thanks to a broad feature set, and of course the fact that vector graphics are infinitely scaleable and in most cases relatively lightweight.

Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 review

The web doesn't stay still, and new browsers and new technologies mean changes to your sites. With the explosion in mobile browsing, those changes are now bigger than ever before. Dreamweaver CS6 has added new tools for working with sites that scale from desktop, to tablet, to phone, using some of the latest CSS features.

Adobe Flash Pro CS6 review

Welcome to the new version of Adobe Flash Pro – Flash Pro CS6 (or 12 if you want to keep count). Over the last 24 months web development has seen a change in focus. Where rich content was the bastion of Flash and Flex, now HTML5 and various JavaScript libraries have taken on some of that responsibility. However, Flash has always had the luxury of being ahead of the curve when it comes to new features and new areas to expand and extend into.

Adobe InDesign CS6 review

The launch of any new iteration of the Creative Suite is hyped to the extreme by Adobe, which knows that there's an army of fanatics out there eager to lap up every new whizz-bang feature, tweak and addition regardless of how subtle some of them may seem to the slightly more jaded reviewer. Amidst all this hoopla, Photoshop, without exception, takes the lion's share of the limelight, followed by Illustrator and After Effects, leaving InDesign languishing in fourth place in the attention and column inches stakes.

What's in each version of CS6:

  • Design Standard CS6 - Acrobat X Pro, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, InDesign and Photoshop
  • Web Premium CS6 - Acrobat X Pro, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Pro, Flash Builder, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop Extended
  • Production Premium CS6 - After Effects, Audition, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop Extended, Premiere Pro, Prelude, SpeedGrade and Adobe Story.
  • Master Collection CS6 - Acrobat X Pro, After Effects, Audition, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Pro, Flash Builder, InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom, Photoshop Extended, and Premiere Pro.

Also check out CreativeBloq's guide to Adobe CS6 System Requirements

Tech Specs

Product TypeSoftware Suite
Software Main TypeGraphics/Multimedia
Brand NameAdobe
Software Sub TypeGraphics/Designing
Distribution Media/MethodDVD-ROM
Licence TypeMedia Only
Platform SupportedPC
Features

Work with lightning-fast creativity in Photoshop and Illustrator:

  • Astonishing performance in Photoshop
  • Faster design tasks in Photoshop
  • Adobe Mercury Performance System in Illustrator
  • Easy pattern creation in Illustrator
  • Image Trace in Illustrator
  • Gradients on strokes in Illustrator
  • Blur Gallery in Photoshop
  • Realistic painting effects in Photoshop
  • Perspective drawing in Illustrator
  • Puppet Warp in Photoshop

Create and manage multiple layouts from one set of content in InDesign:

  • Alternate Layout in InDesign
  • Liquid Layout in InDesign
  • Content Collector tools in InDesign
  • Content linking across InDesign documents

Produce video, apps, and more without learning new software:

  • Tablet publications in InDesign
  • Video editing in Photoshop
  • eBook authoring in InDesign
  • PDF forms in InDesign

Benefit from timesaving enhancements in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign:

  • Content-Aware Patch in Photoshop
  • All-new Crop tool in Photoshop
  • Improved auto-corrections in Photoshop
  • Background Save in Photoshop
  • Scripted Patterns in Photoshop
  • Preset sharing in Photoshop
  • Dozens of time-savers in Photoshop
  • Inline editing in panels in Illustrator
  • Enhanced Color panel in Illustrator
  • Split window in InDesign
  • Recently used fonts in InDesign
  • Smart text frame fitting in InDesign
  • Efficient delivery of accessible documents
  • Small, high-impact enhancements in InDesign
  • Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop
  • Truer Edge selection in Photoshop
  • Black-and-white conversion in Photoshop
  • Content-Aware Scaling in Photoshop
  • Smooth pan and zoom in Photoshop
  • Faster effects processing in Illustrator
  • Multiple artboards in Illustrator
  • Beautiful strokes in Illustrator
  • Shape Builder tool in Illustrator
  • Blob Brush in Illustrator
  • Drawing enhancements in Illustrator
  • Gradients and transparency in Illustrator
  • Bristle Brush in Illustrator
  • Productivity enhancements in Illustrator
  • Multiple page sizes in one InDesign file
  • Live Preflight in InDesign
  • Articles panel in InDesign
  • Drag-and-drop support for anchored objects in InDesign
  • Paragraphs that span or split columns
  • Gap tool in InDesign
  • Intuitive object selection and editing in InDesign

Integrate with other Adobe tools and services:

  • Integration with Adobe Touch Apps
  • Integration with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite
Language SupportedInternational English
ManufacturerAdobe Systems, Inc
Product NameCreative Suite v.6.0 (CS6) Design Standard
Software NameCreative Suite v.6.0 (CS6) Design Standard
Licence PricingVolume
Manufacturer Part Number65163470AD00A00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.adobe.co.uk
Marketing Information

What's new in Design Standard?

Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Design Standard software enables lightning-fast creativity thanks to massive performance boosts in both Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe Illustrator®. Tackle new design projects such as video editing with Photoshop and designing for iPads and other tablets with Adobe InDesign®. And speed up repetitive print production tasks with dozens of timesaving enhancements.

Suite Contents
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6
  • Adobe InDesign CS6
  • Adobe Acrobat X Pro
  • Adobe Bridge CS6
  • Adobe Media Encoder CS6