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Design and creative industries software giant Adobe have released their latest version of Creative Suite – CS6.

Launched in San Francisco on the 23rd of April, the latest version of Creative Suite now moves from Beta to fully functioning applications available either as full priced downloads or as the eagerly awaited Creative Cloud package.

Adobe Creative Suite 6 consists of 14 applications available in combinations of four different packages – Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection.

The pricing for the Design Standard suite has been announced at $1,299 and the Master Collection is priced at $2,599. Adobe Photoshop, perhaps the best known of all the applications, will be available as CS6, starting at $699.

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This launch also offers the new and much anticipated Creative Cloud, an entirely new way of purchasing Creative Suite software from Adobe. A subscription service, Creative Cloud, gives access to all the new and updated CS6 apps, with the addition of Lightroom 4, for a monthly fee of $49.99 ($19.99 for students). Currently available on pre-order, the products within CS6 will become available within 30 days.

Adobe says that “Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 software delivers a whole new experience for digital media creation, enabling you to work lightning fast and reach audiences wherever they may be”, with the introduction of Adobe Creative Cloud™,affording the user“flexibility to download and install [the applications} at any time. “ Creative Cloud™ will act as a “digital hub” allowing users to download and install every Adobe Creative Suite® 6 application, to access online services for file sharing, collaboration, and publishing, and to have direct access to new apps and features as soon as they are released.