Adobe announces The Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Product Family

Today Adobe has announced a very  significative update to the Creative Suite family of products, The Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 which is also the first time Adobe does a mid-cycle release, according to Adobe this releases will help developers and designers get up to speed on technology changes the milestone releases (such as CS3, CS4, CS5) are moved to a two-year cycle , I was part of the private prerelease beta for Flash Builder 4.5 and Flash Catalyst 5.5 and let me say it comes with a lot of new and cool features. This release has a lot of mobile targeted features “Android, iOS, Blackberry” which will facilitate You targeting various devices using the same codebase there’s also great new features in Flash CS5.5 and all the HTML5 cool stuff in Dreamweaver CS5.5 including the jQuery mobile framework integration for browser-based content. So here is a list of some of the new features and be sure to check out the introduction post and  AdobeFlash PlatformCS5 Twitter timelines.

Flash Builder 4.5

  • Android, BlackBerry and iOS development
  • Lots of new coding enhancement and productivity features
  • Improved workflow between Flash Builder and Flash Catalyst
  • Uses Eclipse version 3.6.1 “Helios”
  • Performance improvements
  • Supports code and design view of the same document
  • Introduces a new version of Flash Builder 4.5 aimed for PHP developers with Zend integration


Flash Catalyst 5.5

  • Resizable applications and components
  • Timeline and animation enhancements
  • Custom skinnable components
  • Improved interaction choices
  • Common library panel


Flash Professional 5.5

  • Workflow improvements for mobile development
  • Content scaling on stage resizing
  • Performance optimization with rasterization for symbols
  • Enhanced layer controls
  • Code snippet handling improvements and enhancements
  • Inverse kinematics pinning support
  • File auto-save and recovery
  • Incremental compilation with asset caching
  • Seamless mobile testing

Dreamweaver 5.5

  • Multiscreen preview panel
  • CSS3 and HTML5 support
  • JQuery Mobile integration
  • Native Android and iOS apps development and packaging
  • Adobe BrowserLab integration
  • FTPS, FTPeS support



Author: Dave Gamez

Digital Craftsman from México and have more than 14 years of experience both in design and development in the digital field. I currently work in web, desktop, mobile and illustration projects alike and spend my time between being Technology Director at Team-O a Digital Studio I co-founded with Cecy Meade and doing consultancy work, when time allows it I like to experiment and tinker with code, animation and illustration.