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As with all Adobe Creative Suite releases, fans of the software anticipated many new enhancing and enticing features in CS6. Although it was only recently released, Adobe has developed several new innovations that may have made CS6 a noteworthy upgrade. Perhaps the most touted new feature is Adobe’s advancements in Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Illustrator.

Mercury Graphics Engine

CS6 is powered by a new processing engine called Mercury Graphics. Some features of the Creative Suite have always been processor intensive; video editing, creating graphics in After Effects and even applying filters in Photoshop can be demanding on user’s processors. Using cache memory more effectively, Mercury Graphics aims to relieve any performance issues caused by these intensive tasks and also boasts a potentially project-saving feature with interval auto-saving. Although this improved speed and performance may go unnoticed by users who use the Creative Suite for more basic projects it will be welcomed by those who have suffered from crashes and software slowdown in previous Creative Suite editions.

Photoshop Video Editing

Photoshop’s automatic features, such as content-aware recomposing and auto corrections, have been tweaked and users may notice that the software delivers a better starting point for manual editing than before. Photoshop’s major new implementation is video editing. The interface can now handle videos and users can edit, add effects and music to a range of different video formats. It’s a welcome feature for users who extensively use Photoshop for image editing and can now use it for video, too.


Animators have long loved the creativeness that Adobe has supplied them with over the years. The new addition to the series allows for users to manipulate the gradient and thickness of any line at any time in the process. That means that even when a line has been set in the document, it can still be influenced to the creator’s liking. The conversion of images into vectors has been made even easier with the improved tracing engine that features as standard in the CS6.


The grid layout, which is adaptable to any style, allows the user to create styles, rules and functions in the design of a website. Overall, the biggest advantage of such a feature is that it doesn’t require the user to know an excessive amount of HTML coding to develop a successful and attractive website.

Streamlining and tweaking several integral features, casual users of the Creative Suite may not notice many of the new improvements but Adobe has worked hard to address performance issues and make the Creative Suite a smooth and powerful experience.

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Posted by Nicola Winters

This is a guest post by Nicola Winters on behalf of Phoenix Software who provide an Adobe student discount.

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