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.
Conclusion: The go-to software for page designers the world over, Adobe InDesign CS6 easily earns our Editors' Choice and five stars for its wonderful flexibility and support for designers' creativity.
Pros: Great new tools for getting content onto digital publishing platforms (iPhone, Nook, etc.). Superbly balanced interface.
Cons: Content Collector feature could stand to take on some facets of CorelDRAW's tray feature.
Summary: A year after releasing InDesign CS5, Adobe has released InDesign CS5.5, a paid upgrade available by itself or as part of Adobe's newly minted Subscription Editions. This version focuses on new features for producing electronic publications such as iPad apps, ebooks and accessible PDFs. Here's the rundown on what's new.
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
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
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. For Premiere users especially, the direct linking of projects save render time, and makes audio post non‑destructive. Audition has come into its own with CS5.5, much as Premiere did with CS5, and it's a solid tool for audio post-production.
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.