Installing the upgrade to Adobe CS6 Design and Web Premium

Well, I took the plunge – bought the CS 5.5 upgrade to Web Premium and then just this morning I got online with an Adobe tech chat window and got my free promo for CS6 Design and Web Premium.  (They said an email would be sent out for all of those with the free upgrade from CS 5.5 by May 25th – but I haven’t seen it).  I’ve finished with the 4.5GB download and am now doing the install.  Interesting that it didn’t ask about removing the older suite.  I will probably just have to take care of that manually. 

The download was pretty quick using the download manager and didn’t have any problems.  It’s set to take 9.1GB in the install – which is eating up the last bit of free space on my 160GB boot OCZ SSD drive.  Most definitely will have to remove the old suite as I don’t have room for both of them on my SSD.  I could put the install on one of my other spinning drives – but I want the speed of the SSD when doing anything with the Creative Suite.  I just wish the 512GB SSD’s were affordable enough.  I can barely get by with the 160GB OCZ for booting my Windows 7 64bit along with all of the installed programs.

I’m excited about seeing all of the new features and by now also having InDesign for the those occasional projects.

I’ll post more after the upgrade is done and I get to see how things are running with the new suite.

New Canon SX260 HS Compact MegaZoom

Well, I have a trip coming up that I was debating on whether or not to take my entire Canon bag of tricks or just leave it home and go for the quick and dirty.  I’ve had a “backup” pocket camera for the last 3 years which is a Canon PowerShot A720 IS which has a 6x Optical zoom and 8.0 MP sensor.  It’s not a super duper camera – but it was small enough to fit in a pocket and get some decent daylight pics plus keep people disinterested in trying to make my property theirs.  Well, I wanted to get something a little more updated – so I shopped a bit and found Canon’s new SX260 HS which has a 20x optical zoom in a small pocket size format.  It also has a 12.1 MP sensor which is also an improvement from my A720.

These types of cameras are great for travel when the focus isn’t necessarily grabbing great shots.  I wish all of my travel was for photography – but unfortunately – I do have other responsibilities that aren’t always based around what I can see through my viewfinder.  So trips to Washington, D.C. and other places – a small camera is much more preferable than breaking out my Canon 50D with my “L” lens attached.  It’s a bit conspicious along the streets of big cities at night after the conference or seminar is over. 

Anyway – I picked up this camera to take with me on an upcoming vacation to help me decide whether or not I should take my complete package and worry about it getting stolen, lost or otherwise any unhappy occurrences befalling it.  Kind of funny to pack all of this money into a camera system and then get worried about taking it somewhere. 

I’ve been doing some test shots to show off the zoom and some of the other features it has in this new little piece of gadgetry.

Full wide angle - 25mm
Full zoom 500mm

No – this isn’t my car…..

Here is one more set – full wide angle to start with and then nice and tight zoom all the way in.

Full wide angle - 25mm
Full 500mm zoom

 

As you can see – not a bad reach for really small camera.  The lens’ speed isn’t great though – so plan for any long zooms to be in full daylight or you’ll be disappointed.

  • 12.1 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 20x Optical Zoom, 25mm Wide-Angle lens, and Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1080 Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button
  • Smart AUTO with 58 predefined shooting situations with new FACE ID, High-Speed Burst HQ for continuous capture at a maximum of 10 frames
  • GPS tracker to record image locations on a map via Canon’s software
  • Technical Details

    • Brand Name: Canon
    • Model: 5900B001
    • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.1 MP
    • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
    • Optical zoom: 20 x
    • Display Size: 3.0 inches
    • Width: 5.40 inches

I’ll post some of the better pics that turn out after I return from my trip.  They should be a bit more exciting than shots in the parking lot!

Retail is $349.  I picked this up quite a bit cheaper.  Here is a link to the camera on Amazon.

 

Adobe CS6 and upgrade path from CS5

So – it seems that there are some changes once again to how Adobe is setting up their new Creative Suite release.  I’ve been a CS Web Premium user for several years now dating back to CS3.  Every two years when the new suite is released, I dutifully pick up the new version.  I don’t always get use of all the software titles in the package – but it varies and sometimes last minute it’s great to have the other titles to get something done and out the door that would have to be outsourced otherwise.  I never know when one of my clients might need something that might only be available in one of the other titles besides the favorite Photoshop and Lightroom.

But Adobe has done something interesting with the CS6 release.  They’ve now combined CS Web Premium and CS Design Premium.  They’ve also changed some of the software titles available and on top of that they’ve increased the price of the upgrade.  What??  It seems that Adobe Contribute is on a quick downward spiral as it’s been left out of all CS suites now.  I never got around to building my mega-website with Dreamweaver and Contribute.  Now it looks like that will soon be a thing of the past.  But some other interesting pieces also came out of researching pricing and upgrade paths.  Adobe made available that anyone purchasing an upgrade to CS5.5 after March would be able to get a free upgrade to CS6 equivalent product suite.  $749 is the upgrade price from CS5 Web Premium to CS6 Web and Design Premium on the adobe.com site.  Well the upgrade to CS 5.5 from CS5 was $349.  That seems like a no-brainer.  Upgrade to CS 5.5 and then get the free upgrade to CS6 and save $400.

Another interesting twist is the Creative Cloud.  That is a subscription base on a monthly basis that entitles you to the entire software list of what is basically the “Master Collection”.  Existing CS users can get a monthly discount for the first year – no word if it can be extended past the first year.  The discount for CS users is $29.99/month versus the $49.99/month for everyone else.  Mmh – so that means I can get the entire software line up from Adobe for $360 for the first year.  Tempting.  I’ve always wanted to get my hands on Adobe Premiere for some serious video editing capabilities.  But the 2nd year – if they don’t let you keep the discount – it goes to $600/year.  Ouch.  I like to think that my CS upgrades every 24 months get split out over the two years to be about $300/year.  But if going to the Creative Cloud gets me into a scenaraio that access to the software titles ends up being $600/year – I just don’t think I have that much use for ALL of the software all the time.  That gets really expensive.  There is nothing forcing me to upgrade from CS5.  I could stay on this version for years if I want to.  It won’t stop working.  Sure there will be upgrades and new features – but going with the Creative Cloud seems to be a bit of a gamble and where I am really just a part-time Pro-Am photographer and not doing this full-time – I think I’ll just wait to see how this new pricing strategy goes in the market and how well it gets accepted.  For me – the route is the CS5.5 upgrade and the later free upgrade to CS6.  I’m looking forward actually to picking up InDesign as I’ve done some work in it in the past and made some decent money with it – so I was ok with the fact that Contribute is gone for now and I pick up InDesign with the new combination of the suites.  I just hope the upgrade to CS7 at some time in the future doesn’t still come at the higher $749 price as that is hard to swallow every two years.  I might have to start leap-frogging versions if that happens.

Software titles included with CS6 Web and Design Premium:

  • Photoshop CS6 Extended
  • Illustrator CS6
  • InDesign CS6
  • Dreamweaver CS6
  • Flash Professional CS6
  • Fireworks CS6
  • Acrobat X Pro
  • Bridge CS6
  • Media Encoder CS6