Back in June, Adobe rolled out major updates to its flagship Creative Cloud tools and services. The CC 2015.5 release, as it’s commonly called, includes significant new features in Adobe’s key desktop applications and performance advancements across Creative Cloud. The new versions were available immediately for worldwide download via the CC Desktop App only, because many of the tools began using a proprietary installation technology. The challenge was that many folks want or need to access the new tools directly without using Adobe’s download/app manager, and so we have been working with the company to help make standard, standalone installers publicly available (as has been the practice for all their previous creative software products).
Well, we have some good news: After some months of delay, Adobe has now published an initial set of direct download links for the CC 2015.5 release, for instant access (plus the ability to use your own download manager) if you have any difficulty with what Adobe normally employs and want to get the tools or trials without it… These can also come in handy if you want offline CC 2015.5 installers to use, store, or back up with (i.e., copy to USB flash drive, burn to DVD, etc).
Four years ago, Adobe acquired Behance – the leading online community and social media platform for creative professionals, which is often referred to as “The LinkedIn for Creatives.” Back then, Behance had about 1 million members. Since that time, with Behance’s inclusion into Creative Cloud (even with the free version), growth and participation have exploded – and the Behance community now boasts over 6 million members receiving 66+ million project views per month.
With Behance, you can easily upload your photographs, projects, or portfolios and gain a fantastic way to showcase, share, and get exposure for your work as well as receive feedback from your creative peers, and get inspired for future work. You can publish many types of media such as images, text, illustrations, video and audio, and follow statistics on how many views your projects are getting, and potentially make money. There’s even a helpful job list for creatives and freelancers, with hundreds of employment opportunities.
Here’s a very handy resource out from Jamie Spencer – the complete set of essential keyboard shortcut cheat sheets for every major Adobe CC application… These comprehensive sheets can save you loads of time every day by speeding up your work and allowing you to bypass the need for mouse clicks and movements, getting you to the function you need in the fastest possible way. They are extremely helpful assets to have in your arsenal – and can easily be consulted anytime as an instant reference, or printed out in high resolution and posted, or even used as desktop wallpaper. They are also now available completely free here:
Adobe’s pro video tools have made enormous advancements in recent years. So much so, that the older CS versions are hardly recognizable when compared to the newest CC editions, in terms of new features and performance improvements added since then. Adobe has really poured a lot of effort into these tools, and it shows: the current video suite has gained significant adoption and is widely considered a leader in the industry. All of their video applications are available/included in the complete Creative Cloud (“All Apps”) subscription offering direct from the company.
[UPDATE – See all of Adobe’s current deals & discounts!]
Here we are, it’s that time of year again – it’s back to school, and the sales that often come with it… So for a limited time, Adobe is offering a special deal for students and teachers. In addition to the regular education discount of 60-70% off of the standard price for an annual CC membership, you can now also get one month free when you prepay for your first year of Creative Cloud.
And you get the complete Creative Cloud – the latest CC 2015 desktop releases of all of the tools and services contained in the collection, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Lightroom CC, Dreamweaver CC, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Muse CC, Edge Animate CC, Acrobat DC, and more. These CC 2015.5 versions contain thousands of new features and improvements compared to 2012’s CS6.
This back-to-school offer is valid internationally and worldwide – including North America, UK/Europe, Australia/NZ, and more – until Sept. 2nd. The extra bonus means the savings in some countries reaches 73% off the normal price in the first year… To get the discount, just visit the online Adobe Education Store and purchase with a credit card or PayPal:
[UPDATE – See all of Adobe’s current deals & discounts!]
We have a special Creative Cloud promotion from Adobe for you. For a limited time, you can save US$20/month (almost 30%) on Creative Cloud for Teams for your first year. That comes out to under US$50 a month for the entire CC collection of tools and services, including thousands of new features and performance improvements, as well as ongoing product updates! This promotion is available in many countries worldwide with similar discounts… See below for offer details and links.
MAX 2016 – the big annual conference intersecting creativity and Adobe technology – is coming up this fall in San Diego, California… And continuing our long tradition of free Adobe giveaways, we’ve got one free regular full conference pass (worth US$1,595) to give away, plus one US$400-off ticket savings, both courtesy of our friends at Adobe Systems!
Adobe MAX 2016, The Creativity Conference – running from November 2-4 – will be chock full of expert keynotes and presentations, technical and how-to sessions, product announcements and sneak peeks, evening events and parties, networking and meeting the teams, and possibly some surprises… The show is an amazing experience where they really take care of you from start to finish while you soak up all the growth and learning you can.
In fact, many of the best courses and tutorial sessions from the last MAX were recorded and are still available on-demand for free viewing, covering all Adobe applications.
[UPDATE (October 2016) – We have some very good news – Adobe has finally published the new installers. Please see our new post here: At Last! The Adobe CC 2015.5 Direct Download Links (2016 Release) We’re sorry about the delay!]
Early this morning, Adobe launched major updates to its flagship Creative Cloud tools and services. This June 2016 release includes dramatic new features in Adobe’s key desktop applications, performance enhancements across Creative Cloud (CC) and exciting updates to Adobe Stock. As always, all upgrades to all CC desktop apps are available for download by Creative Cloud members as part of their membership at no additional cost.
Historically a significant new June release would be labelled with a new year, e.g., CC 2016, as with previous versions (CC 2013, CC 2014, CC 2015). But that has not happened here; the highest version shipping today is branded CC 2015.5. The reason why Adobe is doing it this way is not yet known – but since they are not using “CC 2016” now, it seems unlikely they would do so later in the year (e.g., MAX 2016 in November)… So some think this move indicates a future version might be called CC 2017 instead, skipping the CC 2016 moniker entirely.
Adobe MAX—The Creativity Conference is lined up for November 2-4 this year in San Diego, California – and planning is underway to make the 2016 MAX experience better than ever: “Join over 9,000 of the world’s top designers, creative directors, video and photography professionals and others for the premier creativity conference. MAX provides hands-on training from best-in-the-business experts in creative labs and workshops along with inspiring talks to help ignite your creativity and grow your career.”
[UPDATE – Also see our new MAX 2016 Free Ticket Giveaway!]
Last June, Adobe shipped the new CC 2015 set of tools and services – a milestone marking the third major release of the CC product line, which replaced CS6 from 2012. This latest CC version contains thousands of new features and advancements compared to CS6 (across all creative applications), and it is available only via Creative Cloud membership – a community which now surpasses 8 million paid members.
CC 2015 is also known as the Creative Cloud 2015 Release… Since its initial launch, Adobe has issued many updates to further upgrade the functionality and capabilities of the different tools – and all ongoing upgrades are automatically included at no additional charge. Sometime this year, the company is expected to ship the next major milestone release of the product line (e.g., CC 2015.5 or CC 2016), and this will also be included for current members.