SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 24, 2009—
Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE)
benchmarking results from an independent research study conducted by
Pfeiffer Consulting and commissioned by Adobe. According to the report,
features in Adobe® Creative Suite® 4
software can dramatically
and return on
. Research shows that every unnecessary click has the
ability to slow down users’ productivity. Routine operations across
Adobe Creative Suite 4 can be accomplished more quickly now than with
previous versions, dramatically improving the user experience and saving
hours every month.
Users can now dedicate more time to the
creative side of the project with this latest version of the Creative
Suite product line. More than 100 benchmark tests focusing on
and interactive design, and
were conducted. Tests covered workflow-related
productivity measures as well as market-specific design and publishing
For Design Professionals:
Users can identify and eliminate production-level errors more than
twice as fast in CS4 than in previous versions by activating the Live
Preflight feature in
Multiple artboards in
CS4 can help users save almost one-third the time previously
needed to make changes to common parameters, like fonts and color,
in projects composed of numerous design pieces.
New Smart Guides provide positioning hints including
alignment with borders, spacing and angle rotation when one is
creating or modifying objects on a page. Creation of a new object
and aligning it with two other objects now takes less than half
the time it took with CS3.
For Digital Imaging Professionals:
Making simple, non-destructive adjustments to an image is more
than twice as fast using Adjustment Panels with
CS4 than with previous versions.
Adobe Bridge CS4 increases efficiency in managing a wide variety
of files and metadata. The new Review mode can help users
review and select images for use twice as fast than with previous
releases of the application.
Open GL support in Photoshop CS4 helps speed up
image-navigation features including zooming and panning. Benchmark
tests showed that in one month it can save users one hour and 40
minutes compared with CS3.
For Web Professionals:
New commands such as Live Preview and Live Code are
designed to eliminate time-consuming tasks that can shave hours
off of Web development projects each month compared with CS3.
Using Live Code versus checking code in the browser to preview a
Web page now takes 68 percent less time than CS3.
CS4 and a more streamlined process for creating Motion
tweens, Web professionals can create simple animations in
one-third of the time than with previous releases.
Photoshop Smart Objects in
CS4 allows users to place native, multi-layered Photoshop
files in a web page without needing to update images already
placed. With three Photoshop round-trips, CS4 users take 33.98
seconds to complete the project, less than half the time it took
in previous versions.
For Video Professionals:
CS4 users who leverage the new Speech to Text feature in
Pro to search for a specific spoken phrase in a 10-minute
video can achieve results in 16.46 seconds. Users of previous
versions would have taken almost a minute and a half to get the
Navigating to a specific layer or effect in a complex
Effects® project containing thousands of layers previously may
have taken nearly two minutes versus the previous version. With Quicksearch
in After Effects CS4, searches now take 80 percent less time.
Working with Adobe®
in CS4 revolutionizes tapeless video capture by uploading
footage directly to the hard drive of a computer for immediate
editing, which eliminates time spent ingesting video from tape. It
now takes less than a minute with CS4 versus more than 11 minutes
with previous versions of Creative Suite.