Quick Tip:
Why You Shouldn’t Buy Adobe CS3 …
Right Now

The latest buzz in design software is the new Adobe Creative Suite 3.

The reviews for this version of the popular design and image manipulation software have been extremely positive. And when new software like this comes out, we tend to have a strong urge to buy it. After all, with reputable software publishers like Adobe, new is usually better.

But don’t buy it. At least not now.

While based on CS2, this software is, to a large extent, a complete remake of that previous version. Adobe delayed the release of CS3 several times to flush out any hidden bugs … so that’s not the problem.

The problem is that many of the service bureaus your designs might be sent to might not yet have updated their own software. So, if you send an InDesign CS3 document to them, they might not be able to handle it. They’ll send it back, costing you and your client time and, ultimately, money.

If you are really itching to get CS3, have some patience and wait a few months. The applications in CS2 are powerful, and can do the work you need done until service bureaus and commercial printers have caught up with the new technology.

Word of advice: Hold off on upgrading to a brand-new version of any software – not just Adobe CS3 – until it’s been around a minimum of three months.

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Published: May 31, 2007

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