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Adobe Creative Cloud costs $49.99/month (or less if you're a previous Creative Suite customer). Creative Suite 6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. They're the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync: files, feedback from team members, fonts, more...

What's New

Version 1.6.0.393:
  • You can now install older versions of Adobe products straight from Creative Cloud Desktop. These are installed side-by-side with existing versions.
  • Improved performance when syncing a large number of files.
  • Fixed scenarios where font sync would show perpetual spinner.
  • Improved overall font sync stability.
  • Improved error-handling for file sync, more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later (although the following titles work with 10.6.8: Extension Manager, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign, and Muse)
  • 64-bit Mac for the following titles: Premiere Pro, Audition, After Effects, Prelude, and SpeedGrade, Photoshop, and Lightroom)

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I suspect I’ll be in small minority when I say this, but…

For us, Creative Cloud has been great. I totally get how this is a terrible move from the perspective of the small shop that doesn’t need to upgrade every year. But for me, more...

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Rent software? Can't possibly be good--for me. Where is the middle finger key?

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Pik80 Member IconReview+341
Pik80
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With Apple's recent big push into cloud services in Yosemite one has to wonder what to make of 3rd party developers like Adobe coming out with their own offerings. When an OS manufacture like Apple comes out with a cloud solution it seems like a logical natural step. 3rd party developers simply tap into the storage provided by the OS so they only deal with one service. Why should I have one service for Adobe products and then another for all other software developers?

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IgorFreiberger Member IconReview+18
IgorFreiberger
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Creative Cloud and Creative Cloud desktop app are different things. This is an update to the desktop app, a small utility to install Adobe apps, access Behance, use the CC virtual disk and enable TypeKit fonts. In its initial releases, CC app was a nightmare, but Adobe solved all the issues and now it is working quite well.

In other hand, for me Creative Cloud rent is much cheaper than perpetual licenses as Adobe unified prices for Americas. After a dubious start, Adobe keeped the word and released several updates during the first year –especially for Photoshop, InDesign and Muse. Integration was improved and corrections were usually quick. Behance pro account, TypeKit, BC hosting and the CC disk are nice additions, although not decisive.

TypeKit is surely the weaker point of the bundle. The fonts are limited in a number of ways for both desktop and web usage. If one need to rely on a certain font, it still better to fully license it.

BC hosting offers five sites, but with the more basic plan. It would be better to have a choice on this –say, one full hosting with e-coomerce or five baic ones.

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Cjred
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True the initial release was horrendous... I hope they fix the app especially when you switch spaces it becomes obtrusive AND UI consistency on all CC apps.

Yah and the CC rent is quite cheaper anyway i only pay when you REALLY need to use it.

ToddL1632 Member IconReview+9
ToddL1632
+4

The TypeKit that comes with Adobe Creative Cloud is a joke. It contains virtually none of the fonts contained in the Adobe Font Folio.
An Adobe representative tried to persuade us to go with TypeKit over Font Folio, but failed to realize that fonts like Helvetica Neue LT Std (the most popular font family) is not included in TypeKit.
There are many fonts for web use in TypeKit, but for correct font licensing for print the TypeKit is a very poor product.

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Gianluca70
+0

I'm with you, and I don't really understand why that Adobe representative tried to compare Typekit with FF.
Btw Adobe Font Folio cost is a LOT higher than Creative Cloud annual subscription.

ToddL1632 Member IconReview+9
ToddL1632
+5

Creative Cloud is almost certainly the worst version of the Adobe Creative Suite software to date.
It took our IT department months to configure firewalls and rules to simply get the product to install correctly.
Adobe has now abandoned professional graphic artists who use tools for print production on a daily basis.
The Creative Cloud caters to people who want to use this software at home on a rental basis.
We use this stuff EVERY DAY, and deploy software to over 40 workstations. The Creative Cloud for Teams solution is horrible to administer and deploy. Give me a volume license any day over this poorly thought out rental product.

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Gianluca70
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No need to configure firewall if you don't want to.
Check this page or ask Adobe about deployment of updates that don't require internet connection:

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/creativesuite/enterprisedeployment.html

Tim27
+0

I agree with you. However, If you had that much trouble I am not sure why you'd want to even continue using it? If I spent even one week trying to configure software at my company I'd either be fired for not knowing what I'm doing or they would simply say to keep using the old version because we can't have you spending that much time just installing software.
CS6 still works fine.

Gianluca70
+0

Yes I understand. I've spent a lot of time in the past with Creative Suites that sometimes loose registration or patches that didn't want to install.
As always big companies like Adobe care much more of big customers, forgetting the rest.

Harristype Member IconReview+731
Harristype
+1

The money I make each month from graphic design and photography easily pays for $29 I spend for CC. There was no way my firm was going to budget for all these apps individually, so getting the video editing and creation products was a nice bonus. The rental model is not for everyone however, but in my case it was the best solution. And having access to a lot of the Adobe type library is cool.

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Pik80
+3

Adobe's log-in issue last month caused many users to loose access to their fonts as well as the ability to run their apps. I fail to see how this could be "the best solution".

Moxiesozo
+4

Enjoy the "promo" price... soon you will be paying $70/month, with no guarantee that the cost will be raised again on Adobe's whim.

Mikebenda Member IconReview+314
Mikebenda
+2

From "What's New":

You can now install older versions of Adobe products straight from Creative Cloud Desktop. These are installed side-by-side with existing versions.

Can I sign up for a month, download CS6, then cancel my subscription and continue using it, or will the older versions stop working when I discontinue my subscription?

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Revco
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I think it'd be safe to say the CS6 software would stop working. Probably because CS6 was the first subscription based release of creative suite.

IgorFreiberger
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Of course they will stop working. Otherwise, everybody could purchase a $2,500+ bundle for just $50. What this CC app introduce is a smoother way to install CS6 applications. Until now, you need to manually access a special page after login.

twinturbine Member IconReview+24
twinturbine
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Apart from the fact that you can rack up a bill larger than the total cost of ownership of previous versions after a relatively short time, there are severe privacy implications. How much data will CC ACTUALLY collect on you and your usage of this product? If you're on the road (e.g., photographer, business trip) and unable to get online, how usable will this product be? If anything this new cloud based system will encourage piracy as people make a crack for this easily downloadable product for those who find this cloud based systems offensively intrusive, expensive and a constraint to their work. As for me, as soon as CS6 is outdated I'll be looking for alternatives and it won't be cloud based or from Adobe that is now blacklisted from our company.

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CrazedLeper Member IconReview+17
CrazedLeper
+15

Rent software? Can't possibly be good--for me. Where is the middle finger key?

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_rick_v_ Member IconReview+54
_rick_v_
+4

I suspect I’ll be in small minority when I say this, but…

For us, Creative Cloud has been great. I totally get how this is a terrible move from the perspective of the small shop that doesn’t need to upgrade every year. But for me, it means not having to argue the justification for upgrades (and hope the budget gets approved) every year, or track serial numbers (a tedious job that must be meticulously maintained). And Creative Cloud for Teams has brought a godsend for license management— someone leave? Simply remove their email address. Someone needs Photoshop? Simply add their email to the Teams page.

Like I said, I see how independent contractors and small shops would hate this. I get that. But not all of us think so.

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Pik80
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Unfortunately there haven't been very many good Adobe updates over the last couple of years so having a steady stream of cash going out for mediocrity is what makes CC outrageous. This is true whether you are a small business or a large one. It makes no difference.

There are other ways to get around serial numbers besides resorting to subscription. I can buy graphic apps through the MAS without needing to rely on serial numbers. I just bought Sketch, iDraw, and Pixelmator all without having to record a single serial number. I don't know if you are in anyway associated with Adobe but none of your arguments hold any water at all if you really stop to think about it.

Donmontalvo
+5

Pixelmator is $29.99, and it gives you modern day (read: leverages OS X technologies) alternative to Photoshop and Illustrator.

http://pixelmator.com

Best of all, no Adobe tax. ;)

Pik80
+4

@Donmontalvo A lot of people are getting impatient that Adobe doesn't take advantage of OS X technology as well as new Mac hardware. There is a blogger who keeps asking Adobe about when their software will be optimized for the Mac Pro but he hasn't got much of a response back from them.

http://www.thepromacblog.com/the-silence-is-deafening/

Donmontalvo
+3

Adobe is the McDonalds of the software industry. Except that they're expensive. The "we hire cheap third party slave labor" position is about the same. They "lock you in" and then hit you with regular fees...as many of their staff brag about being involved in "revenue healthy" Creative Whatever.

_rick_v_
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I work for a large global company. And like most large companies, Macs make up a relatively small percentage of total computers. Yet, our workflow necessitates working across platforms (Windows and Mac), as well as frequently exchanging source files with clients directly. Sometimes the project may mandate Premiere, even though our in-house guys prefer Final Cut (as per client requirement). Same goes for Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, and so on.

So suggesting we could do a drop-in replacement with a few low-cost Mac-only alternatives is a joke. And suggesting that because I gave it a high mark means I must work for Adobe is a joke.

I appreciate, and even encourage, the move away from Adobe products. Personally, I don’t even install Flash on my computer. But as I said in my original statement; Adobe makes it trivially easy to manage large numbers of users. Frankly, I wish all software management was this easy. I stand by my original rating.

Donmontalvo
+2

@_rick_v_ If you work for a large company, you should not be using Creative Cloud Teams, instead you should be using Creative Cloud Enterprise. The former is per user activation, the former does not require activation. This thread isn't about how to manage Creative Cloud, right license for the right job would be the answer there. This is about Adobe moving to a subscription model that at the end of the day makes Adobe more money (read: "revenue healthy") and locks users into a perpetucal subscription scam license model. Adobe is the 800 pound gorilla, and Pixelmator is already eating into their (very high) profits. Adobe is going to milk users dry while they can.

Pik80
+0

@_rick_v_

"And suggesting that because I gave it a high mark means I must work for Adobe is a joke."

...which I never said. Let's review my original statement again shall we?

"I DON'T KNOW if you are in anyway ASSOCIATED with Adobe..."

Notice I used the words "associated with adobe". This might mean that you are a non employee who holds a lot of stock in the company (a completely reasonable thing to assert since a lot of people are buying Adobe stock with the move to CC) or associated might mean that you are in the educational field and financially benefit from users being on the latest version so that you have more people to teach to.

Although most PCs run Windows there is still a sizable number of Mac users in creative fields. It's not like Windows PCs have the same 90% marketshare they have in other industries. Also if you consider the iPad a Mac (as it is quickly becoming more like) then Apple's marketshare in the business world is improving dramatically.

Also people are not just moving away from Adobe due low costs many people are moving to the competition since some of the Adobe products are falling behind. For an example compare the recently discontinued Fireworks to new heavy weights like Sketch. Why should we have to spend a premium for, in some ways, out dated tech?

Donmontalvo
+2

Pixelmator mimics most of the functionality of Photoshop and Illustrator. It toggles between the two functions. It leverages the most modern OS X technologies. It's fast. It's stable. And it costs $29 (one time cost), where Adobe costs $49/month forever.

Adobe is going to milk everyone as much as it can, as they've already begun their downward spiral.

Gianluca70
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I see no point in software comparison as this is page is about CC package and not single app like Photoshop, Illustrator or After Effects.
Every one should decide which software is the best choice for him. If one is outdated, slow or whatever move to another.

For a company that want to have all the updates CC is really cheap. Compare this to other subscriptions prices (like for 3D apps).
For a company or a freelance that upgrade every 1-2 version CC is quite the same price if you grab a promo.
Mayor difference is that CC "forces" you to pay, when with the old Suite/Product solution you decide when to upgrade (pay).

Pik80
+0

@Gianluca70 I have compared the pricing to other software and found that many competitors not only offer cheaper prices but at times they offer vastly superior products as well. For an example Sketch is vastly better then Fireworks/Photoshop at web design and yet only costs a scant $80.

Gianluca70
+0

@Pik80, CC is a package of tools. You can use all of them or not, but you will pay the same amount.
This is how it works this business model.
You pay for a lot of tools that you probably never use.
So if you require just 1-2 tools maybe is better to find a replacement from competitors as it will be cheaper.
But when you have a workflow of 4-5 apps the compatibility and the interaction of Adobe apps is quite interesting at this price.
To me CC is a LOT cheaper than buying a similar set of tools from competitors or the old Creative Suites.

Fringewood Member IconReview+37
Fringewood
+12

Yawn.... Adobe has seen the last of my money.

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