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How to Extend Adobe Free Trials to 60 Days Long, Instead of 30 Days

May 20th, 2015 25 comments

How to Download and Start an Adobe Software Free Trial

How long are the free trials for Adobe software? Most people would say 30 days – but practically speak­ing, it’s actually twice that, at 60 days.  Here’s why, and how you can do it…

After downloading and installing Adobe’s free trial software – whether it’s the latest major release CC 2014 (have you tried it yet?), CS6, Acrobat, Captivate, or Lightroom – your official free trial will begin for 30 calendar days from the date you first run the application (like Photoshop) on your computer.

Once you reach the end of that month – if you haven’t already purchased the product – then that free trial period will end and all the files you created will still be yours, but the software itself will no longer start on your system. And redownloading or reinstalling it won’t give you a new free trial.

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Last Chance! Adobe CS Customers Save 40% on Creative Cloud

May 13th, 2015 42 comments

Offer Ending Soon! Existing CS Customers: Upgrade to Adobe CC and Save 40% Off the Regular Price

It’s been over two years now since the initial launch of the Adobe CC release (replacing CS6) and we’ve seen over 1,000 new features added and included since that time – so recently Adobe confirmed they will be ending their popular Creative Cloud 40%-off discount upgrade offer for existing customers of CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5, or CS6:

“Don’t miss out on 40% savings. For a short while longer, Adobe will provide Creative Suite customers worldwide (CS3 and later) the option of joining Creative Cloud Complete for 40% off or $29.99 / £27.34 / €36,89 / A$29.99 a month for the first year.”

The updated terms and conditions show that this upgrade discount offer for CS3 through CS6 to CC will only be available until May 29th, 2015:


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Compare Your Options: The Differences Between Lightroom 6 vs. CC

May 7th, 2015 2 comments

The new version of Adobe Lightroom 6/CC was released for direct download recently, and we keep getting questions from readers like this one:

Are Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC the same?
If not, then what are all the differences between Lightroom 6 vs. Lightroom CC?

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…so we thought it was time to write a new article about this topic.

Here’s the answer, with the differences put simply:

Lightroom 6 is the core program running on your desktop – the new version that follows Lightroom 5, with significant features and improvements added since LR5. Adobe is offering two options to customers, and the Lightroom 6 route is a perpetual license – basically standalone static software. The updates you receive going forward will be for bug fixes and new camera and lens profiles, but no added/new or improved features in the future.

Lightroom CC 2015 takes Lightroom 6 and offers it via subscription together with access to integrated mobile apps (like Lightroom Mobile) and online services (like Lightroom Web with unlimited online photo storage). Lightroom CC will also give you ongoing new feature updates as soon as they are available.

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How to Get a Creative Cloud DVD, Backup, or Offline CC Installers

May 5th, 2015 33 comments

Get the Adobe CC 2014 Offline Installers: Direct Links

The Creative Cloud is cool because it offers access all major tools that Adobe makes at an affordable price… But here are four recurring challenges we still see out there since Adobe discontinued boxes and switched over to Cloud-only application downloads:

  1. Folks with slow or limited Internet connections who need to complete large (multi-gigabyte) downloads to get started with their Creative Cloud memberships.
  2. Customers who’d like to download the CC software using one computer with a high speed network, but install it on another, different machine (or more) without redownloading.
  3. Users who just want to maintain secure backup copies of the offline CC 2014 installers should they ever be without connectivity and need to quickly reinstall their products.
  4. People who have difficulties with the new Creative Cloud Desktop application manager (maybe not showing apps or updates) and want to download their tools without using it.

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How to Get a Big Discount on Adobe MAX 2015 + Fly to LA for Free

April 28th, 2015 3 comments

The crowd erupts at Adobe MAX 2014 as Microsoft announces they’ll be giving every attendee a Surface Pro 3

 The crowd erupts at Adobe MAX 2014 when Microsoft gives every attendee a new Surface Pro 3.

Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, is lined up for October 3–7 this year in Los Angeles, California – and the company says that planning is already underway to make the 2015 MAX experience even better than last year: “Anticipation is higher than it’s ever been – it’s going to be an AMAZING MAX.”

Adobe has also just opened the new MAX website where you can check out what’s happening and lock in a US$300 discount from the regular price if you register now. This Early-Bird pricing gives you all the MAX sessions, speakers, events, experience and inspiration for a lot less – a discounted rate of $1,295 instead of $1,595, for a full conference pass. And if you’re a Creative Cloud member, then you can save even more – get US$400 off with promotion code CCP15.

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What’s the Difference Between Lightroom 6/CC vs. 5 – What’s New?

April 23rd, 2015 9 comments

Compare Versions: What Are the Differences Between Lightroom 6/CC vs. LR5?

The long-awaited Adobe Lightroom 6/CC began shipping this week, and has got some folks pretty excited about the new features and capabilities… There’s a long list of them given further below, but some of the highlights include much improved performance, facial recognition, photo merge for both HDR and panorama, advanced video slideshows, improved web galleries, new Pet Eye tool, touch-enabled PC support, plus GPU acceleration and native 64-bit architecture on Windows and Mac.

One big change is the naming difference and what you get with the two options (Lightroom 6 vs. Lightroom CC). You can still buy a standalone perpetual version as before (either full or upgrade from an older release) – the product is then called Lightroom 6 and it will still receive bug fixes and new camera/lens additions, but will not get ongoing new feature updates and does not have access to online LR features and apps such as Lightroom Mobile and Lightroom web.

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New Adobe Lightroom 6 (CC) Direct Download Links – Free Trials

April 21st, 2015 47 comments

Download New Adobe Lightroom 6/CC Free Trial

Yes – the new release of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 is just out and now shipping! There was no beta version/period this time, so we go straight to the final product. And as in the past, this release will work side-by-side with any previous revisions of Lightroom you may have. If you’ve got an earlier version installed on your system(s), Lightroom 6 will ask if you’d like to upgrade your catalog and copy everything over.

Importantly, this new version continues as a downloadable desktop product and is available either with a standalone perpetual license (called Lightroom 6) or via subscription (called Lightroom CC). It’s the same exact program and free trial download below, but the name is changed to reflect the differences in licensing and bundling, as well as the addition of integrated mobile apps & services and future feature updates. For more details on the differences, see this guide.

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Complete Reference Guides and Online Manuals for All Adobe Tools

April 8th, 2015 12 comments

Even years after it went up, a lot of people still don’t know about it.

We’re talking about the free online documentation for all Adobe software – a set of user manuals that can answer quite a few customer questions, and also be a great resource if you don’t own a product yet but want to find out more about it…

Read or Download the Free Adobe Photoshop Manual (PDF)

This exists in searchable and downloadable form for all major Adobe applications, including the Creative Cloud, Creative Suite, Lightroom, Acrobat, Photoshop Elements, etc. – for all recent releases on both Windows and Mac OS.

For example, around once a month we receive a question on how to save back to earlier versions from InDesign CC or CS6… Fortunately, this is answered in the “Saving Documents” section in InDesign’s online manual. (And for all the cases like these, we also put together a special roadmap for CC file compatibility.)

Related: Trying to decide which is right for you? See Creative Cloud vs. CS6 Comparison

Each Adobe reference below can be downloaded as a complete offline ebook if you want (more about this below)… These books are substantial – the latest “Photoshop Help & Tutorials” hand­book is nearly 800 pages alone!

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Adobe Acrobat DC Pro/Standard and Reader: Direct Download Links

April 7th, 2015 9 comments

Download New Adobe Acrobat DC Free Trials

Adobe Acrobat DC (aka Acrobat 12 or Acrobat XII) is now shipping!  “DC” stands for Document Cloud, which is Adobe’s new set of integrated online services that will help people and businesses better manage critical documents. At the heart of Document Cloud is Acrobat DC – the industry standard for creating, sharing and editing PDFs – which has been completely reengineered for this milestone release.

Importantly, this new version of Acrobat continues as a desktop product in both Pro or Standard editions, and is available either via subscription or with a perpetual license. Adobe has incorporated many new features and improvements to bring Acrobat up the modern day.  Further, the company is moving to a yearly versioning model for Acrobat… So this revision is officially called the “Acrobat DC 2015 Release” – and the technical version number is actually 15 rather than 12.

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Adobe Releases New Acrobat That Skips 588 Versions!

April 1st, 2015 6 comments

Company Takes Microsoft’s Lead and Does Hundreds Better

SAN JOSE, Calif.April 1, 2015—Following a recent software trend for skipping version numbers, reliable sources indicate that Adobe Systems will be foregoing the long-anticipated Acrobat 12 and leaping hundreds of releases higher instead.

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When reached for comment, Founder John Adobe confirmed the rumors. “Hey, everyone thought it was the cat’s pajamas when old Microsoft skipped a version going from Windows 8 to the future Windows 10,” Adobe said. “Well forget about it, you ain’t seen nothing yet – we’re going to take that little bump and shoot it to the moon!”

So what in fact will the next release of Acrobat be called? Adobe himself was reluctant to give further details, but a leaked company document clearly indicates the next release will be dubbed Acrobat 600 – leap­frogging a full 588(!) revisions over the widely-expected Acrobat XII.

Why Acrobat 600?

When confronted with the internal memo, Mr. Adobe relented. “Okay, you got me,” he said. “We’re calling it that because it’s going to be hundreds of times better than the old Acrobat – and if you don’t believe me then just upgrade and see for yourself,” Adobe explained.

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