Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection for Mac (Student & Teacher Edition) provides a full set of professional tools for video editing, effects creation, graphic design, website & application development, page layout, and image editing – and for publishing all this creative content to mobile devices, the web, print, and tablets. The Master Collection comprises several software programs that are essential to editors, effects artists, graphic designers, and digital publishing professionals: Premiere Pro CS6, After Effects CS6, SpeedGrade CS6, Photoshop CS6, Audition CS6, InDesign CS6, Illustrator CS6, Flash Professional CS6 & Flash Builder 4.6 Premium, Fireworks CS6, Dreamweaver CS6, Story CS6, and Acrobat X Pro.
For media artists, the Master Collection has a tool for every task. If you need to turn down a job, it won't be for lack of a professional software solution. Creative Suite 6 even includes a color-grading program, SpeedGrade CS6, which was used on several Hollywood films when it was a standalone program from Iridas. (Adobe has since acquired Iridas technology.) SpeedGrade leverages your system's GPU to open the full dynamic range of your footage, and it works with RAW, HDR, and stereoscopic content.
For CS6, all the major programs get a significant update, with faster performance and expanded functions. Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 expands its multicam capabilities, adds tools (Warp Stabilizer and Rolling Shutter Repair effects), accelerates and fortifies its 64-bit Mercury playback engine, and introduces productive little touches such as expanded trimming options and the ability to edit without stopping playback. After Effects CS6 adds a 3D camera tracker and a Global Performance Cache, which lets the software take full advantage of your system's 64-bit hardware to make After Effects quicker and more responsive, even with extremely high-resolution projects.
The CS6 versions of Photoshop and Illustrator enjoy speed and performance enhancements. The "Mercury" concept is familiar to editors who use Premiere Pro CS5 and up, which employ the Mercury Playback Engine that relies on 64-bit native software to get the most out of your system for fast graphics processing. Likewise, the Mercury Graphics Engine of Photoshop and the Mercury Performance System of Illustrator enable your 64-bit computer to address full system RAM in order to speed imaging and processing tasks and that once slowed down your workflow.
With that extra processing power, you can enjoy the expanded capabilities of these programs. Photoshop CS6, for instance, offers a Contact-Aware Patch that allows you to choose a sample area that serves as the basis for a patch. Illustrator enables you to convert raster images into editable, scalable vectors – the program's bread and butter.
As the definition of "publishing" expands, so too do the functions of Adobe InDesign. Even before the CS6 version, the program had already embraced publishing interactive page layouts to iPads and other tablets, e-book readers, and other digital devices. You can create several different layouts to serve different display dimensions, and save them all within a single file. Liquid Layout automatically resizes your layout based on page size.
For website and application creation, Dreamweaver CS6 lets you design, develop, and maintain multimedia HTML5/CSS3 websites and applications. You can also build native mobile apps for Android and iOS using integrated mobile frameworks. Flash Professional CS6 supports updated Flash Player and Adobe AIR runtimes, and you can also export content authored in Flash Professional to HTML. Fireworks features a new CSS Properties panel to let you cleanly extract CSS elements and values.
Creative Suite 6 Master Collection serves the digital creative professional whose demands grow as quickly as technology advances. Now with professional color-grading software, the suite is as comprehensive as they currently come. Your job might not be getting any simpler, but Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection helps you keep pace with expanded functions, improved performance, and streamlined workflow.
New for Creative Suite 6
Content-Aware Technologies in Photoshop Extended
Retouch images with astonishing ease, control, and precision. Remove or move selected image objects, and Content-Aware technology magically fills, patches, extends, or recomposes your image with stunning results
Mercury Performance System in Illustrator
Work with precision, speed, and rock-solid stability on large, complex files due to native 64-bit support on Mac OS and Windows. Enjoy full access to your computer's RAM and overall performance optimization
Alternate & Liquid Layout in InDesign
Efficiently create and design multiple versions of a layout within a single InDesign file. Apply liquid page rules to automatically adapt content when you create an alternate layout with a different size or orientation
Fluid Grid Layout for Mobile Devices in Dreamweaver
Design and develop confidently for mobile devices with advanced tools, including CSS3-based layouts that scale to fit all screen sizes and form factors
Global Performance Cache in After Effects
Create more in less time with unprecedented 64-bit performance. This revolution "under the hood" takes full advantage of the power in your computer's hardware
Mercury Graphics Engine
See near-instant results when editing with key tools such as Liquify and Puppet Warp. The new Mercury Graphics Engine delivers unprecedented responsiveness for a fluid feel as you work
Simplified 3D Design in Photoshop Extended
Dive into 3D artwork creation with intuitive on-canvas and in-context scene editing. Drag shadows into place, animate 3D objects, and give 3D objects a sketched look
Discover New Dimensions in Digital Imaging
Get state-of-the-art imaging magic, amazing creative options, and blazingly fast performance with Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended software, the digital imaging standard preferred for its powerful 2D and 3D editing, compositing, painting, and effects capabilities
Vector Graphics That Work Across Media
Create compelling graphics with Adobe Illustrator CS6, the industry standard for vector drawing. Experiment freely and design efficiently with powerful tools for drawing, color, creative effects, and typography
Standards-Based Web Authoring
Design and publish compelling websites and apps for smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers in Adobe Dreamweaver CS6. Quickly build CSS3-based layouts, use industry-standard HTML5, preview on multiple devices, and more
Engaging Page Layout for Print
Generate stunning page layouts in Adobe InDesign CS6 with precise control over typography, built-in creative tools, and an intuitive workflow. Print reliably with less risk of error
Efficient, Fluid Video Editing
Take advantage of powerful, flexible nonlinear video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to tell your most compelling stories. Edit virtually any type of media in native formats, from video shot on a phone to 5K and beyond
Groundbreaking Motion Graphics in After Effects
Deliver cinematic visual effects in Adobe After Effects CS6. Tap into the power of 3D camera tracking to create photo-realism along with 3D modeling, fast rotoscoping, stabilizing tools, advanced lens blurs, and more
Access to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite
Access Adobe Digital Publishing Suite from within InDesign to publish engaging digital documents for a range of tablet devices. New Single Edition now available for publishing to iPad.
Elegant E-Book Authoring
Create engaging e-books with refined typography and images that resize to fit any screen with InDesign CS6. Add video and audio for apps that support HTML5 video and audio tags and take advantage of EPUB3 support
Adobe PDF File Creation, Editing & Delivery in Acrobat Pro
Create and distribute polished documents reliably with Adobe Acrobat X Pro. Package layouts, drawings, images, animation, video, audio, and other files in a single PDF Portfolio
Responsive Interactive Experiences with Flash Professional
Deliver immersive experiences across multiple runtimes that present consistently across virtually any platform or device using the industry standard for interactive authoring
Record, edit, mix, master, and sweeten audio using Adobe Audition CS6. Roundtrip edit with Adobe Premiere Pro, or use OMF and XML to speed up project exchange with Avid Pro Tools and other NLEs
Optimized Graphics for Web & Mobile in Fireworks
Quickly create optimized vector and raster graphics for websites, mobile devices, tablets, kiosks, and interactive displays using Adobe Fireworks CS6. Easily design and rapidly prototype complete web pages
Single-Codebase Mobile Applications
Rapidly develop cross-platform web, desktop, and mobile applications using Adobe Flash Builder 4.6 Premium. Leverage a common Flex or ActionScript codebase to write for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS
Native 64-Bit Performance
Enjoy 64-bit performance in Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and other components
Time-Saving Integration with Dynamic Link
Eliminate intermediate rendering as you refine assets shared between After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Audition, Adobe SpeedGrade, and Adobe Encore using Adobe Dynamic Link
Integration with Other Adobe Tools & Services
Enjoy direct integration with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite,2 Adobe Creative Cloud,4 and Adobe Touch Apps within core components of Master Collection
Minimum System Requirements
Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
15.5 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
Additional disk space required for disk cache, preview files, and other working files; 10 GB recommended: 1280 x 900 display with 16-bit color and 512 MB of VRAM; 1680 x 1050 display required and second professionally calibrated viewing display recommended for Adobe Speedgrade OpenGL 2.0-capable system
DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs (SuperDrive for burning DVDs; Blu-ray burner for creating Blu-ray Disc media)
Java Runtime Environment 1.6
Eclipse 3.7 Cocoa version (for plug-in installation of Adobe Flash Builder; the following distributions are supported: Eclipse IDE for Java EE and Java Developers, Eclipse Classic, Eclipse for PHP Developers
QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features, multimedia, and HTML5 media playback
Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance in Adobe Premiere Pro
Optional: Adobe-certified GPU for GPU-accelerated ray-traced 3D renderer in Adobe After Effects
Optional: Tangent CP200 family or Tangent Wave control surface for Speedgrade
Optional: 7200 RPM hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, preferably RAID 0 configured, recommended) for video products
This software will not operate without activation. Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services. Phone activation is not available.