The Creative Suite 5.5 Design Standard Software for Mac from Adobe is a suite of applications intended for use by designers who create content for print media. It provides the applications required to create images and graphics for use in marketing collateral, magazines, books, product packaging, and more.
All of the applications in the suite are designed to work together, unified by a common interface and Adobe's Bridge application. Bridge helps you share media across applications, allowing you to share media across all of the Design Standard applications in order to create a cohesive project.
The suite includes Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, InDesign CS5.5, Acrobat X Pro, Bridge CS5, and Device Central CS5.5. It is compatible with Mac operating systems.
Remove any image detail or object and watch as Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop magically fills in the space left behind. Match lighting, tone, and noise so it looks as if the removed content never existed.
Complex Image Selection Made Easy in Photoshop
Produce highly accurate masks and make selections faster with Photoshop CS5. Even the trickiest image elements, such as hair and foliage, can be masked quickly and accurately to produce realistic composite images.
Content-Aware Scaling in Photoshop
Automatically recompose an image as you resize it, preserving vital areas as the image adapts to the new dimensions, with Content-Aware Scaling in Photoshop. Get the perfect image in one step without cropping and retouching.
Smooth Panning and Zooming in Photoshop
Gracefully navigate to any area of an image with ultra-smooth zooming and panning in Photoshop. Maintain clarity as you zoom to individual pixels, and easily edit at the highest magnification using the Pixel Grid.
Puppet Warp in Photoshop
Precisely warp or stretch graphics, text, or image elements to create unique new looks for your designs.
Beautiful Strokes in Illustrator
Dynamically create and edit strokes with infinitely adjustable widths, precisely position and scale arrowheads and dashes, and finely control the scaling of art brushes along a path in Illustrator.
Multiple Artboards in a Single Illustrator File
Work on up to 100 artboards of varying sizes in one Illustrator file -- named, organized, and viewed the way you want.
Perspective Drawing in Illustrator
Draw shapes in accurate 1-, 2-, or 3-point linear perspective to create the look of realistic depth and distance.
Gradients Exposed in Illustrator
Interact with gradients right on an object. Set gradient angle, position, and elliptical dimensions. Add and edit colors using sliders -- all with immediate feedback where you work.
Simplified InDesign Object Selection and Editing
Perform finicky layout tasks efficiently. Manipulate frames and frame content without switching tools. Dynamically adjust white space between objects to reposition page items. Use on-object controls to modify frame corners directly in the layout.
Multiple Page Sizes in a Single InDesign File
Include different page sizes in a single InDesign document, and apply the same master page to different-sized layouts.
Paragraphs That Span or Split Columns
Quickly create text that spans or splits into multiple columns in just a few steps.
Gap Tool in InDesign
Quickly adjust the size of a gap between two or more items. The Gap tool is a one-step way to adjust your layout by directly manipulating the white space.
Live Preflight in InDesign
Preflight while you design for better results, greater time savings, and lower production costs. Continuous preflighting alerts you to potential production problems in real time. View contextual tips to help you correct errors directly in layout.
Multi-File Place in InDesign
Import several files in one step. See thumbnail views of the files and cycle through them until you find the one you want to place.
Preflight Checks and Fixes in Acrobat Pro
Reduce errors and delays at the printer. Preview, preflight, correct, and prepare PDF files for high-end print production and digital publishing. Run checks and fixes on selected objects, and view improved reports.
Adobe PDF Creation, Editing, and Delivery
Distribute layouts reliably using Acrobat X Pro to create simple PDF documents, and package layouts, drawings, images, animation, video, audio, and other files in a single, polished PDF Portfolio.
Action Wizard in Acrobat Pro
Automate routine, multistep PDF tasks in Adobe Acrobat X Pro. The Action Wizard guides you through creating an Action, which is an automated sequence of actions that can be applied to a single PDF or batches of files.
PDF Portfolio Creation
Deliver multiple files and file types, including video, sound, and interactive elements, in a single compelling format with PDF Portfolios.
Visual Media Browsing
Find files fast by browsing thumbnails instead of filenames with Adobe Bridge. Or browse thumbnails and place files from the Mini Bridge panel in Photoshop CS5 and InDesign CS5.5.
Creative Reviews within Your Design Workflow
Streamline reviews through integration with Adobe CS Review, an Adobe CS Live online service. Initiate shared reviews from within Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, and InDesign CS5.5. Invite others to comment with easy-to-use browser-based tools, and view their comments in the context of your design.
Performance on Newer Operating Systems
Take advantage of the power and performance of newer Apple and Microsoft operating systems so you can work more quickly. And Photoshop CS5 is 64-bit native, which means even faster image-editing no matter which computer platform you use.
Help When You Need It
Find the best answers for your Adobe product questions with Adobe Community Help, an online service for instruction, inspiration, and support.
Consistent Adobe User Interface
Work quickly and intuitively thanks to a consistent approach to the user interface across all Design Standard components.
Path Join Enhancements in Illustrator
Join open paths in a single keystroke with objects selected, choosing corner joins or smooth joins.
Let Your Creativity Flow
Breakthrough Image Editing in Photoshop
Create compelling digital images with Adobe Photoshop CS5, the industry standard in digital imaging. Use versatile brush tools to paint with realistic strokes, precise selection tools to make exacting refinements, and a wide range of workflow and performance features to accelerate everyday tasks.
Realistic Painting Effects in Photoshop
Easily paint with lifelike brush strokes to create beautiful, expressive images in Photoshop CS5. Blend a photo's colors; use bristle properties such as shape, length, and stiffness -- or define multiple colors on a brush and blend them into the underlying colors on your canvas.
Vector Graphics for Virtually Any Medium
Create distinctive vector artwork for any project, from logos and branding to illustrations for advertising, packaging, signage, and more. Adobe Illustrator CS5 provides precise drawing tools and expressive natural brushes for creating eye-catching content.
Fluid Vector Painting in Illustrator
Combine the expressiveness of painting with the editability and scalability of vectors in Illustrator CS5. Paint freely with vectors that resemble real-world brush strokes, controlling paint opacity and bristle characteristics such as shape, length, and stiffness.
Blob Brush in Illustrator
Use the Blob Brush in Illustrator to draw a stroke that generates a clean, filled vector shape as you sketch, even when strokes overlap.
Professional Page Layout and Production
Lay out stunning pages quickly and efficiently in Adobe InDesign CS5.5 with an intuitive design environment, precise typographic controls, built-in creative tools and effects, and robust preflight capabilities.
Easily compose beautiful type for page layouts, images, and illustrations using robust styles in InDesign and Illustrator, along with a host of advanced typographic controls for creativity and precision.
Transparency in Gradients in Illustrator
Define the opacity of any individual color stop in a gradient. Reveal underlying objects and images, and create rich color and texture mixes using multiple layers, knockouts, and cover-up fades.
Enhanced Creative Freedom on the Go
Take your creativity beyond the desktop. Use mobile devices like the iPad with Adobe Ideas sketching software and additional companion apps as they become available for Photoshop CS5.
Creative Tools and Effects in InDesign
Explore creative possibilities directly within InDesign using integrated drawing tools, built-in Photoshop effects, precise transparency controls, and support for 3D Photoshop artwork.
Create revolutionary digital reading experiences
Folio Producer Tools in InDesign
Create engaging digital magazines, newspapers, and retail catalogs that incorporate eye-catching elements such as 360° object rotation and image panoramas for a wide variety of tablet devices. Upload to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for further production and distribution.
Interactive SWF Files from InDesign
In InDesign, craft dynamic digital documents and presentations complete with interactivity, motion, video, and sound, and then deliver them as SWF files for viewing in Adobe Flash Player.
Enhanced eBook Authoring in InDesign
Create more engaging eBooks, with less need for developers. Use a smoother EPUB workflow as you include refined typography and images that resize to fit virtually any screen. You can now even add video and audio for eBook reader applications that support HTML5 video and audio tags.
Authoring of Accessible Documents
Use features in InDesign CS5.5 and Acrobat X Pro that help you to deliver publications that meet Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards. Apply accessibility features in InDesign CS5.5, and then check, adjust, and validate accessible PDF documents in Acrobat X Pro.
Interactive PDF Documents
In InDesign, craft dynamic digital documents and presentations that include interactivity, video, and audio, and deliver them as PDF files for viewing in Adobe Reader software.
InDesign Export to Flash Professional
Work seamlessly with interactive developers by handing off InDesign layouts to Flash Professional without compromising visual fidelity or editability.
In the Box
Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Design Standard Software for Mac (Student and Teacher Edition)
Computer: Multicore Intel Mac Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5.8, 10.6 Memory: 1GB Hard Drive: 8.2GB (Additional free space required during installation; Cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices) Display: 1024 x 768 (1280 x 800) with qualified hardware-accelerated OpenGL graphics card, 16-bit color, and 256MB of VRAM; Some GPU-accelerated features require graphics support for Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0 Hardware: Combo Drive or SuperDrive; Broadband Internet connection required for online services Software: QuickTime 7.6.2 software required for multimedia features; Adobe Flash Player 10 software required to export SWF files
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