Final release of Adobe Creative Suite 6 begins shipping today

Adobe announces immediate availability of Creative Suite 6.

(Adobe CS6 Design Standard logo courtesy of Adobe Systems.)

Although the new subscription-based version of Adobe Creative Suite 6 won't be available until May 11, folks who are ready to dish out the cash upfront for Adobe's latest and greatest software suite can pick up the final release today—that is, if you can find it as it's already sold out in some outlets. Of course you can always download it from Adobe if you have five to 10 hours to spare (depending on the speed of your connection): the full CS6 Master Collection is a 6.4GB download that Adobe estimates will take nine hours and 46 minutes over a 1.5Mbps connection, four hours and 53 minutes on a 3Mbps connection, or 88 minutes on a 10Mbps connection (e.g., a corporate LAN).

Pricing for the four available bundles is as follows: CS6 Design & Web Premium ($1,899), Design Standard ($1,299), Production Premium ($1,899), and Master Collection ($2,599). Upgrade pricing is $299 for Design Standard, $399 for the two Premium editions and $549 for Master Collection.

If you're an education customer, you can snag CS6 Student and Teacher Editions at a significant discount: CS6 Design & Web Premium ($449), Design Standard ($349), Production Premium ($449), and Master Collection ($799). Plus, if you order before June 30, Adobe tosses in shipping for free.

Other limited-time offers include getting a full version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 for $99 with the purchase of any CS6 bundle (as well as Photoshop CS6 or CS6 Extended).

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