Laura Anne Seabrook (laura_seabrook) wrote in ioca,
Laura Anne Seabrook

Worth the $?

I'm considering buying a student version of the Adobe CS5 suite for work on my Masters (about $A339-399). I realised this morning that I've probably spent a lot of time in the past looking for cheaper alternatives to Photoshop and Illustrator (and find some really cool software, like Inkscape and Creative Docs), but if I can afford this (and right now, maybe I can) then maybe it'd be a lot simpler just to done with it and buy them.
Don't get me wrong, I love Paint Shop Pro (and will keep around for a while), but it lacks a number of features (like proper CYMK support, which GIMP doesn't have either) that look like they won't be added to the feature set any time soon. I've come to the conclusion that it will be much easier for me to make my graphic novels (two 100+ pp books) using Photoshop. The new version seems to have some sort of 3D capability. I currently have access to old versions of Fireworks and Manga Studio as well. The version I'm looking at has the following applications in the package:
InDesign CS5
Photoshop CS5 Extended
Illustrator CS5
Flash CS5 Professional
Dreamweaver CS5
Fireworks CS5
Acrobat 9 Pro
Adobe Bridge CS5
Adobe Device Central CS5
Version Cue CS5

I know I'd be using Photoshop, and probably still using Fireworks (so easy to add speech ballons and text with it)) and maybe Illustrator (never actually used it) as well. The others, well it might be nice to have them anyway, but they're not essential (though I always wanted to muck around with flash). 

What do you think - is it worth the investment?

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