Adobe has announced that it will launch a new version of Creative Suite on April 12.

Creative Suite 5 will include new versions of flagship software titles including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Adobe is offering the creative community the chance to register for an online launch event that will take place on Adobe TV on 12 April at 4pm to celebrate the unveiling of CS5.

Adobe's forthcoming version of Creative Suite will feature a new edition of Photoshop

During the event Adobe will announce the top new features of each program in CS5 including Photoshop and the new CS Live online services. You can register for the event at Adobe's dedicated web page.

In recent months, Adobe has shown some of the new features that may appear in the CS5 update via Facebook and the Adobe blogs. A selection of new features are also are also available as videos on the Adobe event website.

Adobe's annoucement follows a blog by principal product manager for Adobe Photoshop, John Nack, in which he said it was a good time for Creative Suite 1 users to upgrade.

"If you own a product from the first generation of the Creative Suite (e.g. Photoshop CS, released in 2003) and want to be able to upgrade it to a more recent version, now's a good time to pull the trigger."

Nacks adds while he is "not hinting about the possible timing of future releases", Adobe introduced a "three versions back" cutoff policy for upgrades around two years ago, which means you can upgrade from CS, CS2, or CS3 to the current version CS4.

"When the current version goes up by one, so will the cutoff for upgrades. Therefore if you're holding onto a copy of CS and may want to upgrade it at some point, well, you shouldn't wait too long."

Adobe normally releases a new version of its flagship Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, every 18 months or so.

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