I'd check out what's in CS5 Production Premium. I think you'll find all the commonly-used applications from that CS4 design suite are in it.
That is indeed what I am looking at, yet I still am wondering if AE will be coming with all the extra bells and whistles, plug-ins, before we purchase. Otherwise I have to go and make another purchase somewhere else for them, my boss want to cut down on transaction, just trying to get my facts straight.
Thanks for the response.
I still am wondering if AE will be coming with all the extra bells and whistles, plug-ins, before we purchase.
If by "plug-ins" you mean, "all those plugins we bought for AE 9," you should know that ANY third-party plugin will have to be 64-bit, and you have to check with the plugins' vendors. Otherwise, all bundled effects will be there: Keylight, Color Finesse, the Cycore Effects... PLUS Forge Freeform, which lets you bend 3D layers.
You'll also want to check this out: