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Adobe Launches Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud

Arriving two years after CS5, and a year after CS5.5, CS6 is now available for pre-order, with Adobe promising delivery "within 30 days." Adobe's subscription-based Creative Cloud takes a central role in the massive release, which includes 14 CS6 applications and four Creative Suites. The all-you-can download plan is yours for $49.99 per month, which is the cost if you sign up for an annual contract (it's $74.99 per month for month-to-month membership). To sweeten the pot, an introductory offer of $29.99 per month for the first year for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 customers is also available.

But you don't need a Creative Cloud membership to stay in the game. One approach is to upgrade to CS5.5 prior to May 6, which would qualify you for a free upgrade to CS6. This would seem to be possible for versions all the way back to CS2. Those with CS3 or CS4 can also benefit from special pricing until December 31, 2012, so there's no rush in this case. It's worth pointing out that upgrades are now only available directly from Adobe; not third-party suppliers. This product matrix provides a quick way to determine what's in the various suites. Not be missed is the live launch event, which will take place today at 1PM EST and will be available on the Adobe TV site Tuesday.

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