Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production PremiumReliable sources tell me that Creative Suite 3 Production Premium will begin shipping June 12. Following Final Cut Studio 2’s “sometime in May” release, it’s going to be an exciting time in desktop post for a few weeks.

I’ve heard claims from some customers that Apple support staff have cited May 15 as the FCS 2 ship date, though an online order will still show May 31 as the expected ship date. I’d be surprised if call center personnel are privy to such information in Apple’s tight lipped culture. Some have also reported Canadian resellers claiming to have copies in stock. A Canadian VAR is more likely to have a confirmed Elvis sighting than an advance copy of FCS, but the rumors are fun. And Apple fans wonder why they are compared to Trekkies.

More importantly, as we get this close to ship dates I wish vendors would be more candid with customers. Many of us are mid-project and prefer to upgrade between projects. A couple of weeks is a pretty wide window.