After reading countless previews and hearing the marketing buzz about some GPU-accelerated aspects of Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects and others, Adobe Systems announced immediate availability of whole CS4 package (Amazon.com still thinks these versions will be available in November).
CS4 is divided into six new versions, as well as stand-alone versions. Adobe divided the packages to suit different content creators, thus package is divided into following:
CS4 Design Premium
CS4 Design Standard
CS4 Design Web Premium
CS4 Design Web Standard
CS4 Design Production Premium
CS4 Design Master Collection
As you can imagine, these packages somewhat nothing else but “Premiere-in, Premiere-out” and so on. Professionals will always opt for Master Collection anyways, but it is nice to see different price brackets for the product.
Besides CS4, Adobe also announced Flash Player 10, bringing the GPU acceleration inside web browsers. Flash Player 10 supports custom filters and effects, advanced audio processing and native 3D animation and transformation.
All in all, the dawn of GPGPU computing is finally ending, and we’re heading forward into GPU accelerated world. Welcome.