Adobe CS6: It is Time to Upgrade!

Upgrade me here and now!

Adobe CS6 has been finally launched! At yesterday’s Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6 Launch event Adobe unveiled some ground breaking features of the release as well as more details about the much rumored Adobe Creative Cloud. So now all possible information about CS6 is available such as pricing, special offers, videos, products included in Creative Suites, CS6 shipment date, etc. And what does it mean for the Adobe customers? It means that it is high time to make a decision, whether they are going to buy Adobe CS6 upgrade, skip this version or move to Creative Cloud. You also can pre-order Adobe CS6 now and the software will be shipped after May 7, 2012.

Special Offers

Want to know exactly how much you save if you upgrade to CS5.5 now (before May 6th) and get a free CS6 upgrade – Read more 

CS6 Upgrade

If you own some separate Adobe applications or a Creative Suite you should know several important things about some new Adobe policies and special offers. First of all Adobe is completely changing its upgrade policy. If earlier you could own one of three previous versions of software to be eligible for upgrade to a most up-to-date version, starting from this release all customers have to be on the previous version of software to upgrade to the current version. For example you will be able to upgrade to Adobe CS6 only if you own CS5 or CS5.5 software, and when Adobe CS7 is released only owners of CS6 and CS6.5 will be eligible for upgrade. But if you are still using Adobe CS4, CS3 or even CS2 there still is a chance to stay updated. As it is said in Adobe Creative Suite family FAQ: “Owners of CS3 or CS4 individual products and suite editions will receive temporary upgrade pricing to CS6 until December 31, 2012.”. The last chance to upgrade for Adobe CS2 users is to grab Adobe offer to upgrade to CS5.5 now and get Adobe CS6 without additional payment when it is shipped. Actually this offer may be a good way to save for Adobe CS3 and CS4 owners as well. Let’s compare the cost of upgrade to CS5.5 and to CS6 for some Creative Suites and separate products:

 

Master Collection Upgrade 

You own one of the following productsCost of upgrade to Adobe Master Collection CS5.5, US$Cost of upgrade to Adobe Master Collection CS6, US$How much you save if you upgrade to Adobe Master Collection CS5.5 now (before May 6th) and get a free CS6 upgradeAdobe.com Direct Link
Creative Suite 2.x Premium or Standard1,399.00n/a (full version – 2,599.00)1200.00 Upgrade Now
CS3.x Master Collection1,399.001,399.000.00Upgrade Now
CS4 Master Collection949.001,399.00450.00Upgrade Now
CS5 Master Collection549.001,049.00500.00Upgrade Now

 

Design Standard Upgrade 

You own one of the following productsCost of upgrade to Adobe Design Standard CS5.5, US$Cost of upgrade to Adobe Design Standard CS6, US$How much you save if you upgrade to Production Premium CS5.5 now (before May 6th) and get a free CS6 upgradeAdobe.com Direct Link
Creative Suite 2.x Premium or Standard699.00n/a (full version – 1,299.00)600.00 Upgrade Now
CS3 Design Standard699.00699.000.00Upgrade Now
CS4 Design Standard499.00699.00200.00Upgrade Now
CS5 Design Standard299.00549.00250.00Upgrade Now

 

Production Premium Upgrade 

You own one of the following productsCost of upgrade to Adobe Production Premium CS5.5, US$Cost of upgrade to Adobe Production Premium CS6, US$How much you save if you upgrade to Production Premium CS5.5 now (before May 6th) and get a free CS6 upgradeAdobe.com Direct Link
Creative Suite 2.x Premium or Standard949.00n/a (full version – 1,899.00)950.00 Upgrade Now
CS3 Production Premium949.00949.000.00Upgrade Now
CS4 Production Premium649.00949.00300.00Upgrade Now
CS5 Production Premium399.00749.00350.00Upgrade Now

 

Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium Upgrade 

You own one of the following productsCost of upgrade to Adobe Design Premium CS5.5 or Web Premium CS5.5, US$Cost of upgrade to Adobe Design Premium and Web Premium CS6, US$How much you save if you upgrade to Adobe Design Premium CS5.5 or Web Premium CS5.5 now (before May 6th) and get a free CS6 upgradeAdobe.com Direct Link
Creative Suite 2.x Premium or Standard949.00n/a (full version – 1,899.00)950.00 Upgrade Now
CS3 Design Premium or CS3 Web Premium949.00949.000.00Upgrade Now
CS4 Design Premium or CS4 Web Premium649.00949.00300.00Upgrade Now
CS5 Design Premium or CS5 Web Premium399.00749.00350.00Upgrade Now

 

Photoshop Upgrade 

You own one of the following productsCost of upgrade to Adobe Photoshop CS5, US$Cost of upgrade to Adobe Photoshop CS6, US$How much you save if you upgrade to Adobe Photoshop CS5 now (before May 6th) and get a free CS6 upgradeAdobe.com Direct Link
Photoshop CS2199.00n/a (full version – 699.00)500.00 Upgrade Now
Photoshop CS3199.00199.000.00Upgrade Now
Photoshop CS4199.00199.000.00Upgrade Now

 

Photoshop Extended Upgrade

You own one of the following productsCost of upgrade to Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, US$Cost of upgrade to Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, US$How much you save if you upgrade to Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended now (before May 6th) and get a free CS6 upgradeAdobe.com Direct Link
Photoshop CS2349.00n/a (full version – 999.00)650.00 Upgrade Now
Photoshop CS3 Extended349.00399.0050.00Upgrade Now
Photoshop CS4 Extended349.00399.0050.00Upgrade Now

 

InDesign Upgrade 

You own one of the following productsCost of upgrade to Adobe InDesign CS5, US$Cost of upgrade to Adobe InDesign CS6, US$How much you save if you upgrade to Adobe InDesign CS5.5 now (before May 6th) and get a free CS6 upgradeAdobe.com Direct Link
InDesign CS2199.00n/a (full version – 699.00)500.00 Upgrade Now
InDesign CS3199.00249.0050.00Upgrade Now
InDesign CS4199.00249.0050.00Upgrade Now
InDesign CS5119.00249.00130.00Upgrade Now

 

Illustrator Upgrade

You own one of the following productsCost of upgrade to Adobe Illustrator CS5, US$Cost of upgrade to Adobe Illustrator CS6, US$How much you save if you upgrade now to Adobe Illustrator CS5 (before May 6th) and get a free CS6 upgradeAdobe.com Direct Link
Illustrator CS2199.00n/a (full version – 599.00)400.00 Upgrade Now
Illustrator CS3199.00249.0050.00Upgrade Now
Illustrator CS4199.00249.0050.00Upgrade Now

 

The above chart clearly shows that in some cases it would be very wise to grab the offer and upgrade to CS5.5 before May 6, 2012, because it can help to save up to US$1200.00. It is natural that the biggest amount will be saved if you are currently using Adobe CS2 products, because when this offer expires you will have to pay a full price for Adobe CS6 software. If you are using Adobe CS4 or CS5 Creative Suites and upgrade now to Adobe Master Collection CS5.5, Design Standard CS5.5, Production Premium CS5.5, Design Premium CS5.5 or Web Premium CS5.5 you can save from US$200 to US$500 depending on a suite. But at the same time if you are using one of CS3 packages the cost of upgrade to CS5.5 will be the same as the cost of upgrade to CS6. In case with individual products you can save from US$50 to US$500 if you upgrade now.

Pre-order

From April 23, 2012 all Adobe CS6 products are available for pre-order. The shipment will begin on May 7. So today you can pre-order Adobe CS6 software and it will be delivered in the first half of May.

For students and educators

New Adobe Creative Suite 6 Student and Teacher Editions give students – and now educators – access to low prices on full versions of the latest Adobe design software and allow saving up to 80%! The low prices enable educators and students to acquire tools to more easily produce standout work. Using the software, students can develop skills for academic and career success.

Skip

Previously many users chose to skip one or another Adobe release, but this time due to the above mentioned changes in Adobe upgrade policy skipping releases becomes virtually impossible unless you are planning not to upgrade your software at all. With these new rules customers have to “be on the most current version of Creative Suite in order to qualify for upgrade pricing when new versions are released. This means that customers need to be on CS5 or CS5.5 in order to receive upgrade pricing when CS6 is released”. Well as you may know customers using Adobe CS3 or CS4 will be able to upgrade to CS6 until December 31, 2012, but when the year 2013 begins, that’s it – only CS5 or CS5.5 users will be eligible for upgrade. And taking into account considerable upfront cost of Adobe products this is a good reason not to skip upgrades. Still you may choose not to buy mid-release upgrades, such as Adobe CS 6.5.

Cloud

Another absolutely new way to keep your Adobe software permanently upgraded is by joining Adobe Creative Cloud, especially taking into account the exciting offer to get Creative Cloud membership for just US$ 29.99 (for CS3, SC4 and CS5 owners only).

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2 Responses to “Adobe CS6: It is Time to Upgrade!”

  1. Mark Fuqua says:

    I just upgraded from CS3 Web Premium to CS6 Master Collection for $29/month…

    Creative Cloud…how do you beat that?

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  2. Starbuck says:

    Well Mark, I’ve been on Design Standard CS4 and just upgraded it to CS5.5 (and it will be CS6 soon) for $300. And I won’t have to pay $360 for the next year of Cloud, and $500 for one more year. $860 for two years until CS7 instead of $300 – it’s not a bargain for me!

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