On Monday Adobe officially announced Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Adobe Creative Cloud. A lot has already been written about new features in InDesign CS6, Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6 etc. and I will add blog-posts about various applications and features over time. But what I’m truly excited about is what the Creative Cloud brings to the table.
The Creative Cloud provides a membership based model that brings you every creative tool that’s part of the Creative Suite Master collection… (and more!).
Ok, so your tossing with this thought: Upgrade or obtain a Creative Cloud membership?
- Have you in the past wanted to upgrade frequently, but felt debilitated by upgrade costs and the increasing frequency thereof?
- Have you thought I’ll skip this upgrade, even though I’d really like to have access to cool features such as content aware fill (Photoshop), EPUB export (InDesign) etc.?
Creative Cloud membership
With Creative Cloud membership you will:
- Have access to EVERY Adobe CS6 application. Yup all 14 of them!! I am not kidding 🙂 note: that’s every application in the Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection.
- Have access to Adobe Muse and Edge previews and other new tools.
- Have access to application upgrades, as well as new CS features, when Adobe releases these as point products.
- Have access to new products (and services) as Adobe releases them.
If you purchase an upgrade… you’ll have to wait until the next update is released by Adobe, you’ll only get those applications that are part of the software bundle you’ve purchased. Budgeting for upgrade isn’t always easy either… having to spend large sums of money in one go in the current financial climate isn’t easy for any of us.
What does it cost?
In Australia, the monthly membership fee has been set to AUD62.99 a month (annual membership contract). It’s nice to see Adobe bridging the previous much larger price gap between USD and AUD pricing as well here. There’s even better news for the first year of your membership! If you’re a current CS3+ customer, you can join Adobe Creative Cloud by August 31, 2012, and receive special introductory pricing of AUD37.99 per month for your first year of membership. A pretty good deal if you ask me 🙂
But wait there’s more…
Ok, so what else will the Creative Cloud bring you that you wouldn’t get otherwise:
- The ability to share content created with Adobe’s tablet applications lets say whilst you’re on the road, or with a client drafting up some ideas.
- Integrate content created on tablet apps with CS6 applications as well as synchronise through the cloud with any of your devices, for instance your desktop computer.
- You’ll have 20Gb of storage space in the Creative Cloud as well.
- The Creative Cloud will also make publishing mobile apps to iOS and Android stores (e.g. App Store, Marketplace) easy.
- These are just some of the most prominent features brought to you in the Creative Cloud…
From idea to creation to sharing to delivery…
I can honestly say I’m excited about this new Creative Cloud membership model… I love creative/publishing technology and always enjoy seeing what new productivity enhancers, tools and products Adobe releases that will help not just me, but help many of my clients do their jobs quicker, faster and more efficiently… Creativity should be about working on your ideas, having fun. When it comes to more laborious tasks there’s the great set of tools that help us convert our ideas into products and deliver these.
Thank you Adobe for bringing us Adobe Creative Cloud… I look forward to the ongoing delivery of new applications, services and features 🙂
Postscript (27 April)
Anne-Marie (see comments below), points to a long list of FAQs about the Creative Cloud in her comments, and I’d like to add a link to that here, as many people will have questions, most of which you’ll find answered in the FAQs: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/faq.html. The FAQs are a good resource for anyone looking at moving to the Creative Cloud.