Adobe's latest and greatest CS6 is purported to be the final release of the Creative Suite line. The extensive line covers the gamut of professional creative needs and is regarded worldwide as the quintessential software for graphic and web design, illustration, animation, photography, video, and audio. The complete CS6 software offering includes: Photoshop (both standard and extended), Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat X Pro, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, SpeedGrade, Prelude, Encore, Bridge, Media Encoder, and Flash Builder.
Adobe After Effects CS6 has quite a few improvements and added features over the previous generation, including:
Global Performance Cache: Cache frames are used to speed up workflow. They are updated as you work and retained even between projects.
3D Camera Tracker: The 3D Camera Tracker analyzes video sequences to extract camera motion and 3D scene data. This feature allows you to incorporate 3D objects into a 2D scene effectively.
3D Enhancements: The Ray-traced 3D renderer includes many of the features of the Advanced 3D composition renderer (still included under the name "Classic 3D Renderer"), with added features like environment map support, footing/composition layer blending, and beveling and extruding text and shape. Material options have been added for more convincing subject/light source interaction, such as reflection and refraction properties. All of these added features can be quickly previewed at various levels of quality.
Mask Feather Tool: Available within the pen tool, this new feature allows for greater control of selection feathering.
Layer Bounding Boxes and Selection Indicators: Transform the dimension or orientation of a 3D layer via a bounding box. Layers can be flat, beveled, curved or extruded, and all 3D effects are supported by each type of layer.
Vector Art Footage-to-Shape Conversion: Modify .ai, .eps, and .pdf files within After Effects. After Effects will convert vectors to shape layers, so you can edit logos, illustrations, and more within a 3D environment.
Rolling Shutter Repair Effect: Fix the common problem of rolling shutter distortion, caused by accidental motion in cameras with CMOS sensors, in any length of footage. This option works independently of Warp Stabilizer, with more advanced controls aimed at this particular issue.
32-Bit Effects: A number of new effects are now at your disposal - Drop Shadow, Fill, Iris Wipe, Linear Wipe, Photo Filter, Radial Wipe, Set Matte, Spill Suppressor, Timewarp.
Plug-Ins: CycoreFX HD and Pro Import AE plug-ins are now bundled with After Effects, providing increased access to new effects and greater import flexibility.
Non-Royalty Bearing Mode: Arender and Watch Folder can now be accessed without serialization.