Conclusion: No creative professional will deny the need for Adobe Creative Suite, and 2012's version, CS6, focuses on some of the toughest demands designers face in an interactive, digital, multimedia landscape.
Pros: Great upgrades to the biggest products included in the suite. Improvements in speed and performance. Focused on digital mixed media. New option to license as a cloud service with monthly subscription.
Cons: Single software purchases rather expensive. Requires a lot of hard disk space for installation, plus a decent chunk of RAM.
Conclusion: Just getting the former Macromedia programs integrated would have been a major achievement, but Adobe has also managed to give each program significant new features and functionality. I strongly recommend the terrific values found in the Creative Suite 3 packages for anyone involved in computer graphics.
Pros: Excellent values. Top-notch programs, strong integration. Improved Adobe Bridge. Adobe Device Central for previewing mobile content. All apps are available as universal binaries.
Cons: It's not cheap, and the cost savings on the Web Standard suite isn't on a par with that of the other five versions.
Summary: If you're a Web developer or graphic designer that works with these products already, ask your IT manager to upgrade as soon as possible. With most applications getting a major facelift and a host of excellent improvements, your workflow will noticeably improve.
Pros: Photoshop's Quick Selection Tool, InDesign's Effects Palette, too many others to mention
Cons: Price off-putting to anyone but commercial designers and developers