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What Are The Cool New Features To Look Forward To In CS5?

    Jennifer Farley

    Now that the dust has settled and the hype has died a little on the CS5 launch of one week ago, here are five features that I’m really looking forward to trying out. (Note: I didn’t include the Photoshop Content Aware Fill in this list because I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago, but it too looks absolutely amazing.)

    Flash Catalyst

    Not so much a “feature” as an entire program, Flash Catalyst is an alternate development framework for Flash designers which should hopefully endear designers to Flash again. When Actionscript 3 came along, I believe many designers lost interest in Flash because. let’s face it, it became very difficult to use if you didn’t have a programmer’s mind and were not too hot in the coding department. Flash Catalyst allows you transform designs created in Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Fireworks into interactive designs. You can read more about it and download a Beta version here.

    CMS Support In Dreamweaver

    Dreamweaver didn’t seem to get quite the same triumphant showcase during the launch of CS5 as Photoshop, but one of the features I’m very excited about is the “live view” option. This allows you to browse pages populated with postings from your database from inside Dreamweaver. Designers will now be able to work on CMS themes including WordPress from within Dreamweaver. Previously, it was a bit of a messy operation where you would have to download a page from the browser and the re-attach the style sheet locally to see how the changes affected it or use something like XAMPP to run a local database. This will be a major time saver.

    Integrated Browserlab In Dreamweaver

    Browserlab is a service that has been available online that allows you test your website in a variety of browsers. This service is now fully integrated in Dreamweaver

    Puppet Warp In Photoshop

    With Puppet Warp you can choose control points and warp objects around them. You really need to see the video below. It looks like a huge amount of fun but I can think of practical applications where it would be a huge time saver. Photography will never be the same again. If you added a timeline here, you’d nearly have Flash.

    Natural Media Brushes In Illustrator

    If you’re interested in digital painting but love your vectors, the Bristle brush in Illustrator might be just what you’re looking for. You can paint with vectors that resemble real?world brush strokes and define bristle length, stiffness, and shape. This is very impressive.

    What do you think of these features? Would they influence you into upgrading or buying CS5? Any other features that you’ve seen or read about online that you find interesting?