Jul 14, 2009

Impressions about Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium

Last Saturday I finally got my copy of the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium from eBay. This software is costly, so I looked for a good opportunity to acquire it. My edition includes Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional, Flash, Fireworks, Dreamweaver and something else that I never heard of before. I mostly need Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash, the rest is not very relevant to me.

First impressions are good. I never was a fan of Adobe products but CS3 is suprisingly good. For example, Photoshop Extended open faster than Photoshop Elements. I am not sure how it can be (Elements is supposed to be lighter). It also consumes less memory, opens files faster. Interesting fact is that Photoshop's user interface did not change since mid–nineties: still many scattered windows, still small ugly fonts. But on the other hand people are used to it, so changing it may cause certain invonvenience.

In overal I am very satisfied with the purcase. I got it for a good price and all professional possibilities are now open to me.


  1. One version behind? CS4 is even more impressive!

  2. Hi Dmitry,

    what machine do you have?

    I run CS3 on a laptop 2 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Windows Vista and it is realllly slow.


  3. nice ;)

    @jörg: are you kidding? vista and 512mb ram, are you serious??? vista alone wants to have at least 1gb ;)

  4. Hey Dmitry - if you're using the Adobe software for web related things only you should have a look at Adobe Fireworks - it's better than Adobe Photoshop in lots of points (for web-related things). I used Photoshop for ages really loved it but ~1year ago I found Fireworks and it's just so much easier to do web-related stuff with that software. The only "problem" with Fireworks is that you've to understand how the Export-function of Fireworks is working - the rest is easy ;)

  5. Yah @ Tolleiv, but I assume, that he has to use Photoshop because of his clients ;-)

  6. @ Georg: You were right: I looked it up again, and it says 1GB of RAM.

    Nonetheless: It is slow. ;-(

  7. Dan, CS4 costs too much :) It is good for big companies but not for me (a freelancer).

    Jörg, I have a MacBook Pro with 4GB RAM and 2.2GHz Intel Core Duo CPU.

    Tolleiv, thanks, I will have a look :) I got two books from Adobe: one about Photoshop, the other about Illustrator. When I am done with both, I will look to Fireworks :)