Adobe Moving Creative Suite to the Cloud

By Phill Powell

For anyone who regularly uses any of Adobe®’s Creative Suite® products (like Photoshop) it’s something you should know: Adobe will be moving its Creative Suite® (CS) to a Cloud-based subscription model, called Creative Cloud™ (CC).

Adobe’s Creative Suite ranks as one of the world’s most popular software suites, and now it’s headed to the Cloud.

In a message from The Creative Cloud Team on Adobe’s website, the company stated, “In order to accelerate the rate at which we deliver new features and services, and to ensure that we do so with the highest level of quality, we are focusing all of our efforts on Creative Cloud. Today’s tools and services are not living up to the creative community’s expectations. Assets are difficult to track across computers. Mobile devices aren’t integrated tightly enough into creative activities. There is a continuous struggle to find effective ways to collaborate. And creative processes do not fully embrace the benefits of the broader creative community.”

Adobe offered more specifics about what this means for favorites like Adobe® Photoshop® and Adobe® InDesign®. “Given this, the CC applications will be available only as part of Creative Cloud. We will continue to sell and support Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 applications, and will provide bug fixes and security updates as necessary. We do not, however, have any current plans to release new versions of our CS applications.”

How Creative Cloud Will Work
Moving forward, there will be no more packaged or retail versions of the CS collection. Instead, users of Adobe® Photoshop® or another application will pay a set rate each month via online subscription. Each app will run approximately $20 per month (or about $240 annually), while a subscription to the entire Adobe Creative Suite will cost you approximately $50 per month (or around $600 annually). For that, you get the latest versions of the software, as well as regular feature updates, plus Cloud storage for your projects.

Adobe says that its new system will get the latest feature updates into the program faster for users.

Benefits of the Cloud
Some users may have concerns about not having or buying a boxed version, however there are some great benefits from Adobe’s move to Creative Cloud.

Realistically, it’s a natural progression, as more companies abandon traditional retail support in favor of a distribution system that makes more sense from a product development standpoint.

For users that consistently upgrade every time a new version is available, the Cloud will definitely save money, here are a few other ways the Creative Cloud rules:

  • Digital Downloads, Faster Updates: No more driving to Best Buy for a new version of Photoshop. Feature enhancements get to users faster via a digital download, which requires an internet connection. If you want to get the most out of Adobe Photoshop, CC lets users do more—better and faster.
  • Cloud Storage: Users will be able to store projects in the Cloud, making it easier to collaborate.
  • Piracy Prevention: The move to the Cloud is expected to provide some relief for piracy issues that Adobe constantly face due to the overwhelming global popularity of its software.
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    The first phase of Creative Cloud began nearly a year ago, since then Adobe says more than half a million premium members have joined Creative Cloud since then. Adobe representatives have stressed that the push to relocate Adobe’s products to a Cloud model is something the company views as inevitable.

    For its part, Adobe is trying to assure longtime users that life will carry on pretty much as normal. “You will continue to install and use the creative applications on your desktop just as you always have,” said Adobe’s statement, “But the apps will increasingly be part of a larger creative process centered on Creative Cloud.”

    Digital Media Academy is partnered with Adobe and uses Adobe Creative Suite in its tech camp.