So.. Christmas came early for the team. This week, the team took some time away from our busy schedule to upgrade all our workstations to the newest version of Adobe Creative Suite (CS5), and get a little familiar with it. And I have to say, it’s well worth it for us. Since the designers here at Eye Byte spend 8+ hours a day using the programs in this suite, we were eager to see what improvements and new features would be included in this powerful suite of tools, and how we could streamline our workflow a little bit. Most of the changes we have seen so far have been related to web technologies like HTML5, and mobile browsers. These changes most significantly take place within Dreamweaver and Flash, as you might expect. Here are some initial impressions…
- Completely new program that allows us to quickly compile illustrator or photoshop mockups into fully functional .swf’s, with minimal actionscript coding.
- Great tool for simple flash stuff, like banners and news flippers.
- Where was this tool when I was slaving over learning actionscript?
- Learn more at cs5.org.
- The big news here is mostly HTML5 related, as you can now export some things for
- Another promising feature we got a sneak peek at down at SXSW, is the possibility of exporting .swf’s into apps.. hmm..
- Ability to publish to popular e-book formats is huge.
- Another good impression on techworld.com.
- Great progress made on interacting with CMS sites like WordPress, and Drupal. Since we deploy a fair amount of these sites for client work, this feature was quite well received by us.
- The HTML5 expansion pack from Adobe Labs is a must as well.
Photoshop & Illustrator
- Not a whole lot of groundbreaking changes here, except for the ability to export to
<canvas>in Illustrator, and the ability to work with Flash Catalyst in both.
Overall, this upgrade was welcomed with great enthusiasm by the team, and we look forward to more extensions becoming available soon..