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Creative Cloud (CC) or Adobe CS6 – Which Should You Buy?

March 14th, 2014 295 comments

[UPDATE (Jan. 2017) – Adobe just stopped selling CS6 entirely – here’s why.]

When Creative Suite 6 arrived in 2012, there came with it a new way to buy Adobe software that the world had not seen before: the Creative Cloud.  Traditionally, most Adobe products had only been sold with “perpetual” licensing that doesn’t expire. The flip side is that these best-in-class tools often come with a steep price tag that is out of reach for many folks – though there have always been substantial discounts when upgrading from recent older releases, plus much lower pricing for some market segments like students and teachers

Trying to Decide Between? Read the Reviews Creative Cloud Has Been Getting from Customers

When Creative Cloud first entered the scene, there was (and still is) some uncertainty about what it meant and where it was going… But despite that skepticism, the Cloud has since gained strong adoption to become the company’s dominant product line with most customers choosing it over CS6, which Adobe still continues to sell for people who want it.  With Creative Cloud you receive the newer “CC” release that succeeds CS6 as the latest and greatest toolset, and generally gets high ratings from users.

Related: Compare Features – What’s New in Adobe CC vs. CS6?

Adobe CC is available only via a subscription model which, yes, is cloud-based in some ways – but the name has been called confusing and misconceptions abound because in fact the major applications are not online or web-based, but still run locally on your computer as before.  What’s more, the company has been clear that powerful tools like Photoshop may add some online capabilities but will never run completely in the cloud.

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All Adobe CC 2013 Updates: The Direct Download Links for Windows

February 5th, 2014 46 comments

Download New Adobe CC Now! (Try or Buy)

[UPDATE (July 2015) – These still work to download updates for the older CC 2013 release… However we also now have direct links for the new CC 2015 product updates.]

One of the great benefits of the Adobe CC release is receiving an ongoing stream of product updates at no extra cost… No longer do we have to wait 1-2 years for our tools to innovate and keep pace with evolving technologies; instead we get the latest & greatest features and improvements as soon as they are ready.

Since the initial launch of CC in June, Adobe has issued new upgrades for each individual app about once every 3-4 months, bringing new power and capabilities to all subscribers.

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All Adobe CC 2013 Updates: The Direct Download Links for Mac OS

February 5th, 2014 36 comments

Download New Adobe CC Now! (Try or Buy)

[UPDATE (July 2015) – These still work to download updates for the older CC 2013 release… However we also now have direct links for the new CC 2015 product updates.]

One of the great benefits of the Adobe CC release is receiving an ongoing stream of product updates at no extra cost… No longer do we have to wait 1-2 years for our tools to innovate and keep pace with evolving technologies; instead we get the latest & greatest features and improvements as soon as they are ready.

Since the initial launch of CC in June, Adobe has issued new upgrades for each individual app about once every 3-4 months, bringing new power and capabilities to all subscribers.

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Compare Your Options: Creative Cloud (CC) vs. Creative Suite (CS6)

January 23rd, 2014 49 comments

[UPDATE (Jan. 2017) – Adobe just stopped selling CS6 entirely – here’s why.]

You most likely already know the news that Adobe ended the Creative Suite line (there is no CS7), and that new releases of all the CS tools (and more) have been relaunched as “CC” – and these new versions are available only via a Creative Cloud membership

Show What's in Adobe CC (Creative Cloud), the Next Release after 2012's CS6

At the same time, Adobe is continuing to sell 2012’s CS6 version for people that prefer the traditional licensing model instead of CC sub­scriptions, though statistically fewer than 1 in 5 customers are still going that direction.

Meanwhile, the 15 new CC applications have brought hundreds of new features and enhancements compared to CS6, with more being added all the time through ongoing upgrades that are included free with all memberships… Thus far, the latest CC tools have been getting nearly 5-star reviews from customers, as they sign up at the rate of 65,000 per week.  But still, because of the relative newness of the Creative Cloud offering, some confusion abounds and there remain a few big myths floating around out there.

So all in all, there has been a lot of change to digest over the past year, and folks often ask us which route is best to take – what are the pros and cons of each option?

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Are CC & CS6 Supported on Windows 8.1 + Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks?

October 23rd, 2013 19 comments

Do Adobe CC & CS6 Run on the New Windows and Mac Operating Systems?

Both Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Apple Mac OS X “Mavericks” (10.9) have been announced and are available immediately to all customers, and naturally our readers’ questions turn to: Are Adobe applications like Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6 compatible with these new operating systems? Should you upgrade your computers, and will this Adobe software continue to run if you do? Will the programs work properly on a new machine with one of these platforms?

Good news: the answer in most cases is generally yes, yes, yes, and yes. This goes for both the full releases as well as the trial versions of CC and CS6.  Read on for more details…

Install now: Get all new Adobe CC 2018 direct download links and free trials.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 Direct Download Links, Premiere too

September 25th, 2013 90 comments

[UPDATE (October 2017) – These still work to download the old Elements 12 trials. We also now have the new Elements 2018 Direct Download Links!]

In keeping with our custom of publishing the direct download links for major Adobe products such as Creative Cloud, CS6, Lightroom 6/CC, and Acrobat DC, below you’ll find the direct links from Adobe’s servers for the free trials of the new releases of Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12, for both Windows and Mac OS.

Direct Download Links for Adobe Elements 12 - Get It Now

These links go to the authentic and secure files residing on Adobe’s servers, are guaranteed genuine, safe, legal, and will not change. They are especially useful when you are unable to down­load Adobe’s free trials via other means – often due to difficulties with the Akamai Download Manager or Adobe Download Assistant…

With the links provided below, you can use your own browser’s download capability (without DLM), or another download manager of your choice.

For setting up PSE 12 and/or PRE 12 on Windows, each program consists of two down­loaded files: an .exe and a 7-Zip file (.7z). The .exe file will only work (and install) once the .7z file is fully down­loaded and resides in the same folder. For the Mac, it’s just a single .dmg file for each program.

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Adobe CC 2013 Direct Download Links: Creative Cloud 2013 Release

June 19th, 2013 381 comments

Download New Adobe CC Now! (Try or Buy)

[UPDATE (Nov. 2017) – These still work to download the older CC 2013 installers. We also now have Adobe’s all-new CC 2018 Direct Download Links!]

The new Adobe “CC” release is now available for instant download worldwide and there are many important differences in this release compared to Creative Suite 6, including hundreds of new features added to the individual desktop applications…

Here we’ve put together a complete set of Adobe CC (2013) direct download links for all the new products (Windows and Mac OS), for instant access and the ability to use your own download manager or download assistant if you have any difficulty with what Adobe normally employs (AAM, ADA, Akamai DLM, CCD, ACC) and need to get the trials without it… These can also come in quite handy if you want offline CC installers to use, store, or back up with (i.e., copy to USB flash drive, burn to DVD or disc media, etc).

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Download Adobe Captivate 7 Free Trials: Direct Links w/o Akamai

June 3rd, 2013 11 comments

Download New Adobe Captivate 7 Free Trial

[UPDATE (April 2017) – These still work to download the old Captivate 7 trials. We also now have the all-new Captivate 2017 Direct Download Links!]

In surprise news this morning, Adobe introduced and announced the immediate availability of Captivate 7, a major upgrade to its industry-leading eLearning authoring software for rapidly creating a wide range of interactive eLearning and HTML5-based mobile Learning content [see full details of the annoucement].

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CS7? Create Grace Period for Free Upgrade to Next Adobe Release

April 11th, 2013 9 comments

[UPDATE (May 6th) – Major news out: Adobe Unveils New “CC” Release (CS7)…]

Based on recent indications from Adobe, we expect a new release of Creative Suite and/or Creative Cloud to be unveiled at their big annual MAX Conference on May 6th, just a few weeks away…

Know the Return Policy to Create Your Own Grace Period for a Free Upgrade to Adobe CS7

Historically during times like these, the company has set a “grace period” or grandfather offer to provide free upgrades to the next versions for customers buying the older software around the time of new releases – and in fact, such an “Upgrade Assurance promotion” deal was announced for CS6 in March of last year.

However, no such announcement has been forth­coming this year, perhaps due to the advent of Creative Cloud – where all paid members already receive all product updates and upgrades at no additional charge as soon as they are available.

But no matter – you can actually create your own grace period now, whether one officially exists or not.

The key is in awareness of Adobe’s longstanding Software Return/Exchange Policy – whereby you can return your purchase to them within 30 days and they will grant you a full refund, no questions asked. This is possible even if you’ve already opened, installed, activated, and started using your product – and can be done quickly over live online chat with their customer service team.

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Free Adobe Illustrator CS6 How-to Tutorial: The Top 10 Techniques

February 21st, 2013 2 comments

Watch the Free Illustrator CS6 How-to Tutorial: The Top 10 Techniques

Adobe Evangelist Terry White has a great new training session out showing you how to get started achieving immediate and productive results using new Illustrator CS6… This 42-minute class covers all the basics and walks through how to accomplish the top 10 techniques that beginners always want to know how to do. Earlier Terry did similar introductory primers for Photoshop, Lightroom, and InDesign – and now it’s Illustrator’s turn.

Here’s the overview:

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