Product: Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection
Educational price: Creative Suite 5 Master Collection Student
and Teacher Edition, $899
By Carol S. Holzberg, Ph.D.
Adobe’s Creative Suite 5 offers new tools for collaborative
work in multimedia design, Web development,
and video production. Optimized to run on
multi-core processors with 64-bit-aware Macintosh,
Windows 7, and Vista operating systems, the CS5
Master Collection consists of 17 applications.
QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS: The CS5
Master Collection supports 64-bit processors
and tighter integration among the programs
(e.g., enhanced drag-and-drop capability between CS5
applications and the ability to export InDesign content as
HTML pages that open in Dreamweaver).
EASE OF USE: Adobe Device Central CS5 lets you test the content
you create by simulating its operation on more than 100
devices. The latest Master Collection delivers improved control
over the media you use and the content you create. Its Mini
Bridge Media Manager (a subset of Adobe Bridge) is a customizable
panel that allows you to see thumbnails of pictures and
other assets without leaving Photoshop CS5 or InDesign CS5.
CREATIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY: A link to Adobe CS Live in
the menu bar of several CS5 applications connects you to
Adobe online services, where you can share with others the
video sequences, page layouts, artboards, and image-comps
content you create. CS Live consists of five services, including
Adobe CS Review for online collaborative review, Adobe
BrowserLab for preview, and test Web content in Internet
browsers or in operating systems you may not have.
SUITABILITY FOR USE IN A SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT:
Adobe’s CS5 Master Collection is more than a casual collection
of digital tools for graphic design, video editing, and Web
development. Each application is an industry standard.
Students who become familiar with the CS5’s powerful features
and resources as part of their regular course work have a
better understanding of the technology tools used by realworld
Applications in Adobe’s CS5 Master Collection are powerful
and complex. Even if students work through Adobe’s
free year-long project-based curricula in visual design, digital
design, and digital video, becoming comfortable with
the tools will take time. Applications in the Master
Collection are best reserved for high-school-aged students,
teachers, staff, and administrators, and not elementary-
school-aged students. Individual programs in the
Master Collection, e.g., Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and
Dreamweaver, can be introduced to young students with