February 26 2010
If you have artistic ambitions of almost any kind – film, photography, design, web or even (the next thing from Japan) mobile phone art – you need serious software, not compromises, cheapskate versions or, heaven forbid, illegal copies. All lead to tears, or just poor work.
This, Adobe’s Creative Suite 4 Master Collection, is the most comprehensive cross-media creative suite in the world. The Box Deluxe (a Meccano phrase from 100 years ago which went into the language as dog’s bo***cks) CS4 includes all the versions of Adobe software products you’ve ever or never heard of, from Photoshop to Acrobat to Dreamweaver.
Is it worth buying software you may never use? Well, as the box saves 60 per cent on buying all the elements separately, it’s certainly worth considering. Is it all easy to use? No, but the set is packed with tutorials and links to online video resources. And will the £2.5k spent on the Box Deluxe, as I call it, mean an end to software spending? Well, you won’t need more Adobe software for years, as it’s all kept updated. But you will need specialist software. So if, for example, film is your thing, you’ll have to invest £800 in the Final Cut Studio from Apple. But there’s little doubt that Creative Suite 4 will always be the basis of your artistic life.