Since we were shown the new Adobe CS3 icon set a while back, I’ve been, well, interested in how the new Adobe CS3 designs turned out. While they were set to launch tomorrow, March 27th, a canadian Amazon retailer has leaked promo images early.
First of all, I think the packaging is lovely. The color coding of the icons has been continued in to the packaging, with Macromedia programs Flash and Dreamweaver getting their usual red and green colors. Adobe’s own programs, which didn’t previously have specific color identities, have been given them; the royal blue one going to the flagship Photoshop. The larger bundle packs are now “color rainbows” based on what individual apps they contain; the “master” pack containing all colors.
All apps have been renamed CS3, as expected. For better or for worse, this ends a painful line of naming for Flash, at least; Flash 6 was Flash MX, Flash 7 was MX 2004 and Flash 8 was, well, 8. So Flash 9 is Flash CS3, and presumably Flash 10 will be CS4.
While we were given hints when the icons were shown, the packaging pretty much confirms it (even if only part of the packaging has leaked). Fireworks is being kept and there’s still_ no sign of ImageReady (good riddance). GoLive seems nowhere to be found, even though the icon set had a GoLive icon. On the other hand, there was a Freehand icon, yet we’re not shown a Freehand box. It’ll be interesting to see if it’s part of the “Master” collection, alongside Illustrator. Personally, I’d only need one, but I wouldn’t want to choose.
Update: The official launch webcast is tonight, 3.30 PM EST. It seems, however, that the Adobe homepage is already updated with the new product lines. What’s up with the Jester?