I am currently running macromedia studio 8. I use Flash, DW and Fireworks - all version 8. I have decided that I need to upgrade. I am thinking of going down the cs4 web design premium route.
I want to run things on a laptop, at least some of the time and I would describe myself as a Developer - i code more than I create grapics. Mostly I use flash and DW - and fireworks for resizing images and the odd small logo - ie I wouldn't say I use big files. (THE pc I use will be fine)
I looked through all the system requirements. I can fulfil all off them except my laptop processor speed is 1.66Mhz. So DW, Flash, FW will be ok. Photoshop and Illustrator need 1.8 and 2 MHz. I am planning to upgrade my laptop in about 6 months to a year.
If I get CS4 do I have to install all the programmes or can I pick some, and leave others off until I upgrade my laptop? Or, since I only use small files will they run ok anyway. Or will they just run a bit slow? Am I correct in thinking that Flash, DW and FW will be ok - if perhpas not lightening!
I feel I need to upgrade beuase when CS5 comes along, I may not be able to and I don't want to have to buy them all again.
I really would appreciate any advice taht you guys feel able to give
thanks in advance
From my standpoint I think you will be fine with what you have. I just upgraded to the master collection cs4 form CS3 design premium, and it is great, but unneccessary. I use mainly Ps, AI, Fs, and Dw. Before CS3, I was in your position. If you have what you currently need and don't mind waiting on the software, upgrade your cpu first. Get a more up to date unit to work with as far as hardware and the other software you can get from Ebay or another online bidding site/store. I did my process backwards and shouldn't have. I could have produced more efficiently with a better cpu first than a Creative Suite. My favorite thing about the CS4 is its interconnectivity and availability to switch between programs without exiting one or the other. However, I noticed not much else was different with CS3. I could do these things when I only had Adobe Illustrator 10, macromedia flash, and Ps, and Flash MX. I just took more time making sure my products were ready to move forward before I took them to the other programs. I illustrate and animate. The processor was and is definitely necessary. If you consider yourself a developer, you should be fine until you decied to code complex flash animations in layers upon layers of info. Good luck...in 6 months you will probably be one of the lucky ones that gets the upgrade to CS5 post announce like this past year. I was, and that is what allowed me to get my new laptop and master collection rather than one or the other.
ps. Make sure the OS works with your software before you make your final decision on the cpu vs software.