40 new features in CS5

Adobe has today announced the release of Creative Suite 5, including Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, Flash CS5 and Dreamweaver CS5.

These flagship applications were announced alongside updated versions of Adobe's video and broadcast tools, including After Effects CS5 and Premiere Pro CS5, and are joined by a new prototyping application called Flash Catalyst CS5.

The focus on collaboration remains high on the agenda in Creative Suite 5. The new suite also reveals that there is plenty more on Adobe's mind, including digital painting in Photoshop through a new brush engine, and Flash CS5's divisive iPhone compiler.

On the Mac platform, Photoshop finally goes 64bit, catching up with CS4's Window's incarnation, while new features aimed at digital designers and photographers include new automatic lens correction, better RAW image handling, new HDR effects and a boost to CS4's Content-Aware Scaling, called Content-Aware Fill, that works like a turbo-charged Spot Healing tool.

Computer Arts has been testing new versions of the core applications for the past month, and will be putting these powerful new tools in the hands of creative professionals including Jos Oliviera, Matt Booth and Alex Donne Johnson in issue 175, on sale May 6 in the UK.

In the meantime, here are our 40 top features in Adobe Creative Suite 5:

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