Adobe Unveils New "CC" Release Available Exclusively in Creative Cloud
Update: If you missed yesterday’s Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams webinar, you can view the PowerPoint presentation.
Adobe made a major announcement yesterday at their MAX Conference: The next generation of Creative Suite products will now be called “CC” instead of “CS” and starting now will only be available on the Creative Cloud.
After more than a decade we’ve reached the end of the Creative Suite. This doesn’t mean that you will no longer be able to purchase CS products. For those who prefer perpetual licensing Adobe will still be offering CS6 through ESD download and no discontinue date has been set for those products. But in order to get updated versions of all creative products you will need to purchase the Creative Cloud.
As the rate of innovation continues to accelerate Adobe found that a traditional 12 or 18 month new release cycle was simply too slow, and that being able to release new features as they are ready is more preferable not only to consumers but as a business model.
18 months a go Creative Cloud was released and it has done very well, exceeding expectations. With 5 star reviews from the vast majority of their users Adobe will now be investing more of their resources into expanding and promoting the Creative Cloud.
“Focusing development on Creative Cloud will not only accelerate the rate at which Adobe can innovate but also broaden the type of innovation the company can offer the creative community.”
What’s New in Adobe CC?
Every new CC application will be available to download straight to your hard drive, and won’t require an internet connection run. If you don’t want the entire suite of creative products you are able to purchase single apps for $19.99/month. You’ll also be able to install each app on up to 2 computers and will work with both Windows PCs and Macs. All new features announced at the MAX Conference will be available to CC users on June 17th.
Highlights from the MAX Conference:
- A Creative Cloud Desktop App that replaces both the Adobe Application Manager and the Creative Cloud Connection.
- Cloud-based syncing and sharing of all your customized tool settings like preferences, presets, brushes, shortcuts, workspaces, styles, colors, and more.
- The ability to share your work directly from within your creative tools up to Behance in the Cloud as desired.
- 680 Typekit fonts will now be downloadable and installable locally on your desktop (a nearly $25,000 value if purchased commercially).
- Fireworks CS6 will still be included in the Creative Cloud, however is not being upgraded to the “CC” family of tools.
- The much-requested addition of Adobe InCopy, now included in the Creative Cloud as InCopy CC.
- Lightroom (including LR5) will continue to be available as a perpetual standalone product, as well as an included part of Creative Cloud.
- Customers with annual memberships will be now able to use the products for up to 180 days offline without revalidation.
- Adobe has lowered some prices with special promotions: Current CS6 owners can now get the Creative Cloud for $19.99 a month for the first year. From CS3 – CS5.5, it’s $29.99.
- The education deal is back: Students and teachers receive a discount of 60%-70% off the regular price worldwide, and pay US$19.99/month for the complete Cloud.
- Creative Cloud for Teams pricing has been reduced to $39.99 a month for the first year (40% off) for upgraders.