Adobe CS6 launch event took place two weeks ago and all the products of Creative Suite 6 have been available for pre-order until this moment, but today May 7, 2012 Adobe CS6 shipment begins! What does it mean? It means that you can buy Adobe CS6 or upgrade your Adobe CS3, CS4, CS5, or CS5.5 software right now. What is more, today you can download Adobe CS6 trial versions of software.
So, if you want to learn what’s new in Adobe CS6 before making a decision on upgrade you can download a trial version of almost any CS6 product* and use it absolutely free for 30 days. If you are satisfied with the product after the trial period in most cases you will be able to easily convert the software into purchased versions without needing to reinstall it.
If you decided to opt for Adobe Creative Cloud membership it will be available for users only Friday, May 11. Today you can only pre-order Adobe Creative Cloud membership. But still while waiting for Creative Cloud launch you can start using Adobe CS6 apps by downloading their trial versions and again after you Creative Cloud membership is activated you won’t have to reinstall your software.
If you are a current user of earlier versions of Adobe CS products be aware that starting with the release of Creative Suite 6, individual upgrades — both CS suite editions and point products like Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Illustrator CS6 — are available for purchase only through Adobe.com.
Also if you own CS3 or CS4 versions of Adobe products and decide to keep your software upgraded instead of becoming an Adobe Creative Cloud member you should remember that upgrade to Adobe CS6 from CS3 or CS4 will remain available only before December 31, 2012. Unfortunately for CS2 users since today May 7, 2012 there is no way to upgrade their software.
*From Adobe Creative Suite 6 trial FAQ: Note that Adobe Encore CS6 and Adobe Prelude CS6 are not available for trial. Encore and Prelude will be installed as part of the trial for CS6 Production Premium and Master Collection but will not be available for use until you purchase. The trial versions of Adobe After Effects CS6 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 do not include some features that depend on software licensed from parties other than Adobe. For example, some codecs for encoding MPEG formats are available only with the full version of these products.