Originally Posted by inkwork
if you go to adobe.com, you can download a 30 day trial for free. I did it before buying and it really helped. They wont charge you at all, so if you don't buy it from them, at the end of the 30 days, it just stops working. then you buy it elsewhere for less. It's about $600.00 US. when you buy it from adobe. At least it was 2 years ago.
They also offer student discounts if you are in college or have a teachers credentials, it cuts it down to 25 % of the original price too.
I have CS3, 4 and Illustrator CS4, not really happy with the new bloated programs they've been making, a single install of CS3 was 4.7 gigs and 280 megs of updates once it was installed. I'm assuming part of this was the "Adobe Bridge" which is now non functional but can't be uninstalled.