Adobe CS5.5 Available for Download Now

Adobe has just broken the seal on Creative Suite 5.5, the latest installment of its design and development software.

Of course, the new release brings the usual round-up of improvements and tweaks, but the fireworks in CS5.5 lie in the suite’s new HTML5 and mobile app-specific capabilities.

CS5.5 is the highly anticipated follow-up to the company’s CS5, which was released in April 2010. CS5.5 includes updated version of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Flash Builder Premium, Flash Catalyst, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.

The new software has been hyped for its HTML5 and Flash authoring features, its video production and editing innovations, and its digital publishing capabilities. Adobe is touting this version of Creative Suite as the best it’s yet delivered for cross-platform web, mobile and tablet design and development.

Adobe has for some time been focused on relevance in a rapidly evolving mobile-development market. It’s positioned AIR and Flash as ideal tools for mobile devs and designers. The company is particularly excited about the implications for tablet development using the Folio Producer toolset, stating that publishers such as Condé Nast and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia have used Creative Suite 5.5 to “create beautiful interactive publications on the latest tablet platforms.”

Designers and devs, you know the drill: Go download your free trial and let us know what you think of CS5.5.

Here’s Adobe’s whirlwind overview of CS5.5 if you need more convincing:

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