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.