Adobe Creative Cloud: Take 2

by James Cook on July 8, 2013

I've been asked to share the notes from my June 27th Adobe Creative Cloud presentation to the Bend Oregon Web Design and Delopment Group. It's an important topic with lots of misinformation out there, so I'm glad to help set the record straight.

1. Who am I? Why am I here?*

Jim Cook
Lead Designer/Developer
Direct Match Media

  • User of Adobe Illustrator since version 1.1 - 1987
  • User of Adobe Photoshop since version 1.0 – 1990
  • User of Macromedia/Adobe Dreamweaver since version 1.0 – 1998
  • User of various other Adobe apps, type, PostScript and products

*Vice Admiral and former Vice-Presidential candidate James Bond Stockdale

2. What is Adobe Creative Cloud (CC)

  • Adobe desktop creative apps: Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. along with Acrobat Pro, Lightroom and more. (Fireworks and FlashBuilder CS6 are included but feature updates have been discontinued.)
  • Archived apps: access to previous versions back to CS6
  • Adobe Edge Tools and Services:
    • Animate (HTML5 animations)
    • Inspect (multi-device browser testing)
    • Code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript editor) preview
    • Reflow (generate responsive layouts) preview
  • Adobe Touch apps: Kuhler, Ideas, Photoshop Touch (extra cost)
  • Services:
    • Business Catalyst: 5 WebBasic sites
    • Typekit with Desktop Fonts to come
    • Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition
    • Behance with Prosite
    • Preferences and settings synching
    • File synching with versioning (to come)
  • Creative Cloud Desktop app: “mission control”

3. What happened to Creative Suite?

Creative Suite CS6 continues to be available for purchase with a perpetual license. Adobe has committed to compatibility updates to CS6 through the next major updates to the Windows and Mac operating systems. No new feature will be added to the programs.

4. Debunking the “Myths”

  • The major apps (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) run on the desktop as they always have
  • You don’t have to be connected to the Internet to run the apps. . They do require an Internet connection to verify your license every 30 days. However you can run the applications for up to 99 days without access to the Internet.
  • You can share files via Creative Cloud with anyone, including non-subscribers
  • The files you create are yours and you will always have access to them. However, if you drop your subscription, you won’t have access to the CC apps to edit them.
  • As apps update, you are not forced to update. You can update (or not) whenever you choose. Past versions of the apps (CS6 and later) will also be available for use “as-is”.
  • You can install CC apps on two machines (Mac and/or PC) simultaneously
  • You can pay monthly or annually.
  • Single app CC subscriptions are available.

5. What does Creative Cloud cost?

CC for individuals – annual commitment

  • $49.99/month
  • For owners of CS3 through CS5.5 $29.99/month (first year only, offer valid through July 31, 2013)
  • For owners of CS6 $19.99/month (first year only, offer valid through July 31, 2013)
  • Teacher/Student edition $29.99/month

Single app plan – annual commitment

  • $19.99/month
  • For existing CS3 through CS6 customers $9.99/month per user (first year only, offer valid through July 31, 2013)

Creative Cloud for Teams – annual commitment

  • $69.99/month
  • For existing CS3 through CS6 customers $39.99/month per user (first year only, offer valid through July 31, 2013)

Creative Cloud for Enterprise (100 plus users)

  • By quote. Contact Adobe.

30-Day Trial Membership

  • Free
  • Photoshop (partial list)
    • Reduce camera shake blurring
    • Intelligent upsampling
    • Camera Raw filter
    • 3D enhancements
    • Improved smart sharpen
    • Editable rectangles and rounded rectangles
    • Share on Behance
  • Illustrator (partial list)
    • Touch type tool (stretch and rotate individual characters within a type block)
    • Export SVG with CSS styles
    • Package Files
    • Unembed images
    • Share on Behance
    • Kuler integration
  • InDesign
    • Dark UI
    • High-res display support
    • QR code generation
    • ePub export enhancements
  • Lightroom 5
    • Smart Previews
    • Upright Tool
    • Video slide shows
    • Healing brush
    • Radial gradients

6. What’s New?

Photoshop: http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new.html

Illustrator: http://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/whats-new.html

InDesign: http://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/whats-new.html

7. Resources:

Adobe CC FAQ: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/faq.html

5 Myths About Adobe Creative Cloud: http://terrywhite.com/5-myths-about-adobe-creative-cloud/

What’s included in Creative Cloud: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/tools-and-services.html

Membership plans: Pricing and subscriptions: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/buying-guide.html

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