Conclusion: Adobe InDesign is still the leader in page designing software, and version CS5.5 adds several new features that may warrant an upgrade, but only for certain kinds of users.
Pros: Object placement and manipulation drastically improved. New options for nondestructive image editing and animation tools. New features speed up previously tedious tasks. Close integration with Flash Professional simplifies making Web versions of documents.
Summary: InDesign CS5.5 will be warmly welcomed by digital edition designers who’ve slogged through the beta versions of the Digital Publishing Suite and is great for creating EPUBs, but most print-focussed designers just won’t feel the need to upgrade.
Pros: Interactive publishing is a leap forward, excellent EPUB tools
Cons: Pricing for Digital Publishing Suite unhelpful, no new print tools
Excerpt: One noticeable difference to the new version of InDesign is that unlike Illustrator and Photoshop, InDesign does not have the new darkened interface and retains the same black on white look that we all know well.
Excerpt: Unlike QuarkXPress 9 , InDesign CS5.5 is all about digital publishing. We guess this is why it’s a .5 upgrade, but if you’re all about print you will be disappointed -- there isn’t even a stability fix for Live Preflight.
Pros: Interactive publishing is a leap forward; excellent EPUB tools
Cons: Pricing for Digital Publishing Suite unhelpful; no new print tools
Conclusion: If you use InDesign to produce digital publications such as ePub or to create digital PDF forms, the CS6 upgrade will easily pay for itself in time saved. Text- handling improvements also make this a must-have upgrade.
Pros: Vastly improved tools; can save back to CS4; multiple layouts in one document
Cons: Parent/Child item linking lacks some flexibility; Liquid Layout difficult to master
Summary: Audition has been rebuilt with a new engine, and although a few features are awaiting transfer, it's surprisingly complete. The spectral editor is incredibly quick and easy to use and combined with noise-reduction tools.
Pros: Full multitrack recording and mixing., VST effect support., Powerful waveform and spectral editor., Great noise‑reduction tools., Link with Premiere saves stem rendering., Keen price for the features.
Cons: No folders for track and media management., Needs real-time time‑stretching in mutlitrack editor., Some good Audition 3 features have yet to be migrated to new engine.