Did you miss Adobe’s Create Now Tour? Would you like to see it now, online and on-demand?
The two-hour session we attended earlier this month was packed – standing-room only – and got terrific audience reviews and feedback…
In the video below, Adobe Creative Evangelist Terry White presents the Create Now World Tour at a recent stop in Michigan. Watch as Terry walks you through powerful capabilities and new features in the latest versions of Creative Cloud, Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, InDesign CS6, Digital Publishing Suite Single Edition, and Adobe Muse! If you missed the tour in your city, here’s your chance to see what happens at these live events.
Last week Adobe Lightroom 4 celebrated its first birthday – yes, it was released one year ago this month – and so this is usually around the time when people start asking: when will Photoshop Lightroom 5 be released, and what new features will be included in it?
Adobe hasn’t said, and has not given advance notice in the past. But as shown in the chart below, Lightroom has run an average of about 20 months between releases (ranging from 17 to 23 months). So if history is any measure, then moving forward twenty months from when version 4.0 came out could put Lightroom 5 shipping in the fall of 2013…
But there’s more to the story. Every previous release of Lightroom has had at least one public beta period – and even all the dot-releases have had betas as well – so a beta release would generally be expected for Lightroom 5 too. These beta periods have lasted 2-3 months each. Adobe has not yet announced a Lightroom 5 beta, so it’s reasonable to assume that we should be seeing one on Adobe Labs well before the official release of the product. In other words, don’t expect (the final) Lightroom 5 for at least several months from now – or from the time the beta comes out.
The regular pricing for Adobe’s new Creative Cloud all-in-one offering is US$50/month with an annual membership. Recently, the company extended their introductory offer for existing CS customers, which gives a 40% discount off that price…
How about for education customers? On price, the offer is similar – all students and teachers can now pay just US$29.99/month with an annual plan (under $1/day) – but importantly, no previous ownership of any Adobe product is required and no coupon code is necessary. Outside of North America, it’s an even greater level of reduction at £22.46 or €30,74 or A$24.99 per month (including VAT), which is up to 52% off.
Get every CS6 tool — everything in the entire CS6 Master Collection — plus more, including exclusive new products and features whenever they’re released — at a special rate for students and teachers… Just $29.99 a month.
We’ve previously covered here how to transfer Adobe software products (like CS6, Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements, or Acrobat) between two computers, including from PC to Mac or vice versa. In this article we’re going to focus on transferring the actual legal license from one person or company to another, like transferring the title to a car or home between two people.
Moving the software physically is mostly a technical task, but doesn’t cover what happens if the recipient has problems, needs customer support or updates, wants to be registered with Adobe, and be recognized as the new legal owner and user of the tools. To address those needs, just follow the transfer process described below to “unregister” the program from the old owner and re-register for the new one.
You could use this technique when giving or selling a traditional Adobe license to a friend or family member. In fact, transferring your Adobe software can be a great strategy in certain situations… Say for example you are thinking of getting the Creative Cloud, and so would have an older Creative Suite tool that you wouldn’t use anymore… You can easily transfer that to someone else you know, and then sign up for the Creative Cloud instead – and this is exactly what customers are doing.
[UPDATE (May 6th) – The next release is announced! Learn more about new Adobe CC.]
Adobe has just now confirmed what’s been going around as a rumor – that they will soon discontinue selling all boxed versions of Creative Suite 6 software…
Here it is direct from the company themselves:
… As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will be phasing out shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite. Electronic downloads for Creative Suite products will continue to be available as they are today …
Now there’s been some confusion about this, so we’ll try to make it clearer: This news does not mean Adobe will stop selling any of the traditional CS products, only that you will no longer be able to buy them in the form of a shrinkwrapped box package, physically hand-delivered via mail, courier, or store. Customers can continue to download their purchases instantly as most already do, saving on both shipping costs and the environment.
Why is Adobe doing this? Besides not being green, boxed software is static and costly to produce, manage, and deliver. In line with software industry trends, Adobe is focusing more on the Creative Cloud – which for an affordable membership rate, digitally delivers the entire Creative Suite and more to your desktop, and is always up-to-date with the latest upgrades.
The Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6 are the most powerful and versatile toolsets Adobe has ever produced and so we’re seeing a lot of demand for training resources to learn how to best use these products…
In January we posted details on over 30 hours of free video tutorials for CS6. But if you’re just getting started with Adobe’s core design tools, what’s better than a step-by-step book that will teach you the essentials of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign from the ground up?
Fortunately there’s a terrific new book you can download that will teach you all of this for free, courtesy of author Professor Thomas Payne… The way the book does this is by introducing and explaining the tools in a logical way that builds upon what is previously learned. These applications present a vast array of buttons and gadgets that can be overwhelming to the new user. This book makes sense of it all, not showing how everything works, but instead giving a foundation and a path to learn about all those controls and what they can do for you.
The 12 chapters in this book (listed below) look a bit like tutorials. As with tutorials, you work in the programs as you follow along with the reading. Unlike tutorials, the steps here present the information in a way that is geared to having you actually learn the material, not just a list of steps to get something that looks decent.
Ever since it was announced seventeen months ago, Adobe made it clear that Creative Cloud was going to be a new way of purchasing their software, an avenue for anyone to use a complete collection of the most recent versions of all of their industry-leading creative tools with a set membership plan.
Last May the company rolled out the offering, and we’ve seen the Creative Cloud continuing to gain momentum – in fact, recently passing the one-million member milestone and signing up 10,000 more every week… Meanwhile, the traditional option of buying a one-time Creative Suite license has remained for those customers who prefer that path.
Since the launch, Adobe has issued numerous free updates to Creative Suite programs (as is customary), as well as several rounds of entirely new CS product features that are only available to Creative Cloud members:
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 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…
It exists in searchable and discussable form for all major Adobe applications, including the Creative Suite, Creative Cloud, Lightroom, Acrobat, Photoshop Elements, etc. – for all recent releases on both Windows and Mac OS.
For example, at least once a week we receive a question on how to save back to earlier versions from InDesign CS6… Fortunately, this is answered in the “Saving Documents” section in InDesign’s online manual.
Each reference is downloadable as a complete e-book if you so desire (more about this below)… the substantial “Adobe Photoshop Help & Tutorials ” guide is over 750 pages alone!
Also helpful is the ability to post comments and questions & answers on the individual documentation pages, in case something’s not entirely clear.
[ Trying to decide which is right for you? See: Creative Cloud vs. CS6 Comparison ]
So here below are the direct links to all the product guides to bookmark for future reference!
[UPDATE (May 6th) – Special! Adobe is now offering any single tool for just $9.99 a month for upgraders, for a limited time...]
With the increasing popularity of Adobe’s new Creative Cloud, some readers are telling us they’re not sure if they need all the tools that are included in the Cloud offering, or aren’t quite ready to join for US$49 a month…
Typically in these cases customers believe their only two choices are between purchasing CS6 in the traditional way vs. the Creative Cloud.
Fortunately there is a third option now – although this still remains underpublicized to most people. There is a new choice between paying US$700 for Photoshop CS6, and signing on for the full Creative Cloud…
The third route is called Single-App Membership – also known as the CS subscription editions. And it means you can now get full access to the very latest version of any single Creative Suite application for just US$14-19 a month – including Photoshop CS6, InDesign CS6, Illustrator CS6, Acrobat XI Pro, and more.
Importantly, these CS6 programs do not run online or “in the cloud” – your single-app membership lets you download and install the applications directly on your own computer desktop, providing you all the same features and functionality of regular Creative Suite products. Included with the plan you also get a free sign-up with the Creative Cloud, as well as 20GB of online storage and the ability to sync and share your work on virtually any device. You can also run the software on up to two of your computers, including both a PC and a Mac.
Creative Suite 6 and the Creative Cloud are the most powerful and sophisticated toolsets Adobe has ever released and so there is a lot of demand for training resources to learn how to best use these products…
Last month we posted details on over 30 hours of free video tutorials for CS6. But printed materials are also nice, to use side-by-side at your own pace. So how about a collection of free e-books to go along with those, which you can instantly download and learn from whenever you want?
There are 10 volumes of 169 chapters in total with over 1,000 pages for most CS6 products. Some tools receive more coverage than others, but the basics are reviewed for all. You can download in the ebooks in PDF format after signing in with your Adobe ID (which is easy to create if you don’t already have one).
Here’s how the files break out. Click on the title to download the e-book, or the trial to get the free product tryout. The book file sizes range from 4-10 MB each, so shouldn’t take long to download. The contents of each volume are listed below the table: