The Adobe Creative Cloud was announced on the 23rd April, providing creatives with a new way of accessing Adobe CS6, as well as a host ofother great Adobe tools (such as Typekit). Adobe has announced Creative Cloud availability from the 23rd May, and here’s the nitty-gritty detail on what you get, and what it’ll cost …
Subscribers will also gain two HTML 5 applications–Muse and Edge–that aren’t available any other way. And you needn’t worry about being tied to your Internet connection while you’re using them: You can download and install any application in Adobe’s CS6 Master Collection of design, Web, video, and digital imaging tools and use it offline as long as you remain subscribed.
What is Adobe Creative Cloud?
On the one hand, the Adobe Creative Cloud embraces digital downloads and it represents a major shift in the way Adobe will provide its creative software in the future.
Rather than sticking to boxed products and an inadequate upgrade cycle, Adobe CS6 and its related creative tools will be part of an Internet-based creative hub. Adobe wants you to purchase a yearly subscription to access/download the Creative Suite software.
How will this work? Despite the ‘Cloud’ moniker, Adobe’s Creative Suite isn’t becoming a cluster of online applications. Instead, a typical subscription will give you on demand access to the Adobe CS6 Master Collection, which will include all the tools you know and love – Photoshop CS6, InDesign CS6, Illustrator CS6, After Effects CS6 and so on.
Here’s a full run-down.
Syncing is full of win
Having seen the service being demonstrated at the official launch, there’s a seamless nature to the transferal and placement of files. You can add files to the cloud via a folder that can be access traditionally through Finder and the like, or you can drag files directly into the browser. An icon, which sits in your taskbar, indicates that files are being synced.
The Adobe Creative Cloud subscription also includes access to the web font library Typekit. You essentially get the Portfolio plan (worth $49.99 per year) for free – 500,000 page views/month, full library access, unlimited website usage, unlimited fonts per site and SSL serving.
Community in Adobe’s Create Cloud
Community is a massive part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, and a lot of work has been put into this part of the service. Subscribers will get access to 20GB of server space, where they can store files. But it doesn’t stop there. These files can then be shared with other subscribers – and even people not subscribing – with all Adobe’s supported file types being visible in a browser view (so the app doesn’t have to be installed by the person viewing the file). You can also see file information, such as which fonts were used in a project, as Adobe exposes meta data to the person viewing a file.
Adobe Creative Cloud: pricing and availability info
Adobe Creative Suite 6 products and Adobe Creative Cloud will be available by 23rd May. Adobe Creative Cloud membership will be available to customers in 36 countries and in multiple languages. Pricing for Creative Cloud membership for individuals in the UK is £38.11 ex VAT per month, based on annual membership and £57.17 ex VAT per month for month-to-month membership. A special introductory offer of £22.23 ex VAT per month for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 individual customers is also available. Customers paying in the US pay $49.99 each month, on a one year contract (with a special $29.99 offer for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 individual customers). Finally, if you’re paying in Euros then it’s 49.99, and 29.99 with the special offer. For more info on the product, and pricing, visit the official Adobe Creative Cloud page.
3 Reasons to Check out Adobe’s Creative Cloud Subscription for Your Business
Significantly Lower Cost of Entry
A Creative Cloud subscription costs $50 per month on an annual basis ($75 per month on a month-to-month plan). Adobe is also offering customers who currently own CS3, CS4, CS5, or CS5.5 a $20 per month discount for the first year. An annual Creative Cloud subscription will cost less over a four-year period than buying CS6 outright; plus, subscribers are entitled to any future upgrades at no additional cost (upgrading to CS6 from a previous version currently costs $525).
Unlike the boxed version of CS6, where you must choose between OSX or Windows for the two installs it comes with, Creative Cloud subscribers can have one install on a Mac and one on a PC, if they choose. Subscribers also get 20GB of online file storage and hosting services for as many as five websites.
Merely having this software at your disposal won’t provide you with an amazing website by magic, but the automated tools built into CS6 certainly make it easier. The auto-patch tool, for example, allows you to easily move elements in a photo by automatically replacing the background, and a new wide-angle straightener can easily transform the curves of a fish-eye shot into straight lines. If you’re producing video, AfterEffects can map objects in a 2D video as if they were 3D, allowing foreground characters to overlap objects added to the background.
Some of the most useful new tools are related to publishing to smartphone, tablet, and other mobile environments. Dreamweaver offers a Fluid Grid layout that automatically rearranges content so that it looks good within the confines of a tablet or smartphone screen. And InDesign can automatically reflow the content of your magazine, newsletter, or catalog to optimize it for the given orientation–landscape or portrait–when the mobile device is rotated.
Integration with Webhosting Utilities and Publishing Services
The Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, which is “coming soon” to Creative Cloud, turns magazines, brochures, catalogues, and other digital publications into standalone apps for iOS and Android. These apps can then be shared directly or published to the respective app stores for sale.
Adobe Muse integrates a rich graphical site editor for online publishing to Adobe’s hosting service. Creative Cloud membership also includes access to Adobe Typekit, a Web-based font library that includes more than 700 typefaces, which is integrated into the hosting platform.
Who is This For?
If you’re looking to build a simple website for a business that’s just getting off the ground, you might be better served by free or inexpensive tools, such as Weebly or Yola. But if you’re looking to take your online presence to the next level, and you have the time to learn how to use it, Adobe’s Creative Cloud delivers a powerful set of tools for producing rich, mobile friendly websites and apps.