Ever since, Adobe bought “Macromedia” company, they have continuously been merging the best of both the companies’ products and announced their biggest product till date-Creative Suit 3 (CS3). It is a product (in both Standard and Premium editions) encompassing many products into a single one and suits a large number of people with various needs and purposes (web, print, film, mobile etc.). It consists of six editions of which “Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Standard” (“Adobe CS3 Web Standard”) is one of them.
“Adobe CS3 Web Standard” makes the workflow (concept, design, creation, maintenance) a lot easier for the web developers and designers. It consists of the following tools Bridge CS3 (media manager), Version Cue CS3 (file management), Device Central CS3 (mobile content), Stock Photos (royalty-free photos), Acrobat Connect (
All the above integrate such that you save time and can be innovative and creative without bothering over the compatibility issues. It comes with a friendly user interface and well-integrated environment having commonly used commands, tools, work spaces and other elements that increases your productivity.
It has advanced tools like the CSS (layouts, management etc), video, coding, text, animation, drawing, scaling, and graphics etc. Other components included are the Ajax, debugger, ActionScript, customization assets, image and photos gallery, and library (graphics, text, animations and templates) etc.
You can import from Photoshop and Illustrator, drag and drop or embed file types (FLV etc.) between applications and publish WYSIWYG sites/blogs from Microsoft Office. You can better control, co-ordinate and co-operate the workflow of your files/documents with others. You can also create and test content (like Flash Lite) meant for the mobile/consumer electronic devices on the desktop also. Authorized permissions to edit/update any content or website and rollback to earlier versions are possible.
You can create interactive/dynamic applications and software for the web and mobile on both Windows and Mac OS and use it across any browsers (Explorer, Firefox) and platforms (Windows, Mac). Whatever you create is scalable and adaptable as it supports present and future technologies and standards (XML, CSS, HTML, XHTML, PHP, Adobe ColdFusion, JSP, ASP, ASP.NET, Internet Protocol version 6 -IPv6 etc).
This product is available only for the academic (school, faculty and students) and not for the non-academic. Moreover, its online services like (Adobe Stock Photos, Acrobat Connect) might not be available for all countries, languages or currencies and their terms can change.
It has its pitfalls, like the large amount of computer resources consumed (specially the memory wherein even 1 GB may not be enough).
However, its price is reasonable considering the applications involved and their seamless integration that makes the design and development a painless job for the academic world.