Probably one of the biggest announcements to come out of Adobe MAX so far, is the news that Creative Suite is being replaced with Creative Cloud. This means in the future you won't buy licences of Creative Suite, instead you will subscribe to Creative Cloud to access all the same products.
So what does this mean? Here are some answers we have pulled together to try and help you get to grips with this change:
Do I still install the software?
Yes you still install all the products and they will be run locally on your machine. The products simply check back with Adobe's servers once within every 30 day period to ensure your subscription is valid.
Will it work without an internet connection, for example on a train, in a plane, or up a mountain.
Yes. The software is run locally, you can pull out the internet cable / turn or off the Wifi and it works just fine. Of course you won't be able to access any of the online services like Kuler or cloud storage features, but the core products such as Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, etc.. will all run just fine, and you can still save things locally on your machine. You just need to connect up at some point in the 30 day period so it can validate your subscription.
What about Upgrades?
With creative cloud there won't be major updates once a year like there was with Creative Suite, instead Adobe is aiming to add new features as they are ready on an ongoing basis, with notifications of new features sent to users through the system.
What's the cost?
There are various options and pricing tiers, but it ranges from £17.58 per month for a single app edition through to £46.88 per month for a the full Creative Cloud. There is also preferential pricing available for Students and Teachers, and if you own a Creative Suite 3 or later licence you can currently get it for £27.34 per month
What do I get in Creative Cloud
OK, here's the best news, theres a lot. It's like the old Master collection of Crreative Suite but even better and you get the following tools in a full Creative Cloud subscription:
Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, DreamWeaver, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Muse, Acrobat Pro, Audition, Bridge, Encore, Flash Builder, InCopy, Lightroom, Prelude, SpeedGrade, Edge Animate, Edge Inspect, Edge Web Fonts, PhoneGap Build, Edge Code, Edge Reflow, Typekit, Digital Publish Suite (single edition), Behance, ProSite, Business Catalyst, Kuler, Story, Photoshop Touch, Kuler iPhone, Ideas, and more.
OK, you probably won't use all of these (understatement of the year I suspect), but even if you only used 3 or 4 of the main design tools it probably works out cheaper than buying the old Design Suite and upgrading every 18 months.
What are the advantages
More frequent upgrades
Where buying the box used to cost thousands there is no upfront cost with Creative Cloud.
You get everything, together with a load of online services
If you don't need it anymore you can cancel it (depending on the agreement you signed).
What's the catch
It's simple really, you stop paying, it stops working. The new model bears more resemblance to a mobile phone contract than buying software and it's probably easier to think of it that way. Overall it will work out less expensive for most people, however if you are one of those people who only upgrades once every 5 to 10 years your going to be paying more, albeit not all in one go.