The New Adobe Creative Suite (CS6) is a Sign of the Mobile Times


First, I would like to congratulate my former Adobe colleagues, who worked on the new Creative Suite 6 apps. After watching the launch presentation yesterday and keeping an eye on what people are saying about it on Twitter, I think it’s safe to say that this has been one of the most impressive and successful launches in the history of Adobe.

It is also worth pointing out that this launch in some way marks the reinvention of Adobe as a company after the whole Apple vs. Adobe Flash debacle. Not only did Adobe withstand the battle but in the end I would argue that it came out stronger than it went it.

I feel that most companies under that much pressure would have easily folded but instead, Adobe stuck with it and focused on all the right things and we now see the fruits of their labor in all 14 of the apps that make up the new Creative Suite 6 family of products.

There’s so much to like about what’s new in CS6, but to me what stands out the most is everything Adobe did around designing for mobile.

From inDesign CS6 make it easy to author for multiple devices from a single document, with features like Alternate and Flexible Layouts, linked stories and Liquid Layouts; to Photoshop CS6 including presets for new files that target mobile devices.

I am especially excited about Dreamweaver CS6, which includes many new features that will make it possible to design responsive web content, that adapts easily to virtually any mobile device regardless of its form factor, screen size and orientation. This is exciting for all of us in mobile learning (mLearning), who are looking at ways to design learning in a device-agnostic manner.

Also important is everything Adobe has added in CS6 as it pertains to HTML5, from the new Adobe Flash able to export directly to HTML5, to new products like Muse, which creates websites using HTML5 technologies without writing code; and Edge, which creates interactive content using HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript, and then my favorite Adobe tool these days, Adobe Shadow, which allows you to test the responsiveness of any site across multiple devices without having to plug-in devices to a PC or Mac.

Oh and of course, let’s not forget all the mobile apps Adobe has been working on, such as Photoshop Touch, Proto, Ideas, Debut, Collage and Kuler, which in some way bridges the user experience between the desktop and mobile.

All truly great examples of a Post-PC era.

Interestingly enough, Adobe never mentions anything about using these tools for Mobile Learning, but I do see the potential these new technologies bring to all of us in mLearning, so I for one will use these tools to create some initial prototypes of ideas I have about developing mLearning experiences.

The stage has be set and the pressure is now on my former colleagues working on Captivate and the eLearning Suite, as we all wait with anticipation for what they will deliver to us in eLearning and mLearning in the next versions of these products.

You can be sure we will be discussing all of these products in upcoming episodes of our ‘This Week in mLearning’ Podcast, so please stay tuned.

What are you thoughts on the new Adobe Creative Suite 6 and the Creative Cloud?

  • Darrin

    Tx for the review. Gives me more reasons to check out what Adobe’s up to.

  • Thanks a lot for the informative article, it has made me realize we are actually living in the post-PC era when I never really thought about it before. I am also a fan of Adobe and can’t wait till I get the newest version of DreamWeaver – it has helped me out quite often with my web site.

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