Adobe CS5 Thoughts & Experiences
Adobe CS Live is the umbrella name for a group of services that help content creators improve their workflow and collaborate with teams and clients. The important thing to understand is that these are five separate services that can be accessed from the CS Live main page on the Adobe site. You don't have to own CS5 to access most of the tools from a Web browser, but there are some specific features that are built into CS5 applications that integrate with CS Live. I'll be curious to see which of these services are embraced by users and how they evolve. The products are:
Adobe CS Review, which enables online design reviews directly from within Creative Suite 5 applications. Clients can make comments that show up inside the Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5 or Indesign CS5 user interfaces. Adobe plans to add Adobe Premiere to the list later this year.
Access to Acrobat.com services , such as Adobe ConnectNow Web conferencing. You can set up Web conferences with colleagues and clients around the globe. With the free plan, you can have up to two people join you in a Web conference complete with white board, chat and other features. More participants can be added for extra fees.
Adobe Story, a collaborative script writing tool that improves production and post production workflows. It can calculate scene numbers and times automatically and store meta data such as timecode and notes for each scene.
SiteCatalyst NetAverages from Omniture, which provides Web usage data that helps reduce the guesswork early in the creative process when designing for Web and mobile.
Adobe BrowserLab, a tool for web developers to test Website content across different browsers and operating systems.
Adobe CS Live services show great potential for online collaboration, testing and approvals. Also the integration within the applications themselves is a great idea, although it took me a little while to figure out how CS Live, CS Review and acrobat.com all work together. Ultimately, CS Live will be a subscription service, but you can sign up for one year free now at the CS Live Main Page .