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What’s the Difference Between Adobe CS7(?) vs. CS6 – What’s New?

April 19th, 2013 10 comments

[UPDATE (May 6th) – The next release is announced! Learn more about new Adobe CC.]

Normally in the weeks before a new version of Creative Suite comes out, we don’t have a very concrete idea of what will be in it…

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However this year – thanks to the early upgrades already out for Creative Cloud members, some telling blog posts, several “first look” videos, and a “major reveal” at the recent NAB show – we have already a pretty good picture of some of the major new features that CS7 (let’s call it) will include. Adobe says all of the new products will be included in the Creative Cloud as soon as they’re out.

Here below we’ve compiled some of the key information on what’s new and expected in the upcoming release, and will keep this list up-to-date as we move forward…

Adobe promises much more will be revealed in the presentation on May 6th – so stay tuned!

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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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Spring Giveaway! Free Adobe CS6 Premium Suite + Photoshop CS6

March 19th, 2013 658 comments

[UPDATE – Also see our new Adobe CC 2017 Holiday Giveaway!]

Welcome Spring!  In recent years we’ve given away over $23,000 worth of new Adobe software, so to kick off the new season right we’re going to be giving away two brand new boxes: the Adobe CS6 Design & Web Premium Suite plus Photoshop CS6 – with a collective value of US$2,600 – and it’s open worldwide!

See What's Inside CS6 Design & Web Premium, Adobe's Top-Selling Suite

Creative Suite 6, Adobe’s flagship product line, has been doing very well in recent months… Available standalone for instant download or as the centerpiece of the popular Creative Cloud offering, there are many key differences in this release compared to CS5 and earlier, includ­ing hundreds of new features added to all the applications, major performance improvements, user interface enhancements, and much more.

And now we’re thrilled to give away new boxed copies of Adobe’s two best-selling CS6 products to our terrific readers who have helped build our site to what it is today… Just check out our most read posts over the past four years to see what you’ve helped create!

The Design Suite sells for $1,899 / €1,837 / £1,509 and contains over $4,000 in individual tools, including the industry-leading Photoshop Extended, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat X Pro, Flash Pro, among others… (see the complete list of programs it contains)  If you want to try it out first and install it on your computer, that’s easy as the free trial is available for download for both Windows and Mac.  All the tools (and much more) are also available through a free tryout of the Creative Cloud.

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Adobe to Stop Selling Boxed Versions of Creative Suite Software

March 14th, 2013 49 comments

[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 …

Adobe Creative Suite Soon Moving to All Digital Delivery

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 (discarded discs take 217 years to decompose), 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.

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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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Free New Adobe CS6 Tutorials: 30+ Hours of Online Video Training

January 31st, 2013 34 comments

We’ve mentioned Adobe TV in the past, but it just keeps getting bigger and better…  When Creative Suite 6 was released, they published a 15-hour series of new online tutorials – but have recently doubled this to over 30 hours now of free video training for all CS6 tools.

Learn Adobe Creative Suite 6 with Free Tutorials!

You’ll learn the basics with Getting Started overviews plus What’s New reviews by product experts, with 274 total chapters covering all major CS6 applications.

If you don’t already have the programs installed on your computer but would like to get going today, you can easily down­load the free working trials for any CS6 product for Windows or Mac – then install, run, and start your training…

Acrobat is not listed below, but if you want to learn how to use that software then see these separate three hours for Acrobat X or two hours for Acrobat XI.

We’ve also linked below nearly two hours of sessions for the Creative Cloud, if decide to sign up for free membership there, or are already a member.

Install now: Get all new Adobe CC 2017 direct download links and free trials.

Lastly, if you also like learning in print, then don’t miss this nice set of free new CS6 ebooks (over 1,000 pages).  But here’s how the video courses break out:

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Free Online Quick Reference and Shortcut Guide for Photoshop CS6

January 23rd, 2013 3 comments

There’s a terrific free tool we’ve become quite fond of in the office here lately – a searchable online ‘assistant’ to all the power that is Photoshop CS6… Photoshop is obviously a very sophisticated application and this Photoshop Quick Reference Guide helps you find answers fast for where any feature is located, what it does, and its keyboard shortcuts on both Windows and Mac:

Try the Free Adobe Photoshop CS6 Quick Reference and Shortcut Guide

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What Are the Differences: Photoshop vs. Elements vs. Lightroom?

January 17th, 2013 64 comments

What's the Difference Between the 4 Photoshops?

“What’s the difference between the different Photoshops?”

We’ve seen this question sooo many times, we just had to write a complete article about it.  With four different members of the Adobe Photoshop family, it can be confusing what is what and which to get…  And now that Elements 11 is out, it’s a good time to look at this.

If you ask Adobe, they’ll tell you:

Q:  How do Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Extended, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom software differ?

A:  Photoshop Elements 11 (US$99) is designed for people who are just getting started with digital photo editing, and delivers powerful yet easy-to-use options that help you organize, edit, create, share, and help protect your personal photos.

Photoshop CS6 (US$699) is the professional standard for creating and manipulating powerful images, and Photoshop CS6 Extended (US$999) delivers every­thing in Photoshop plus tools for creating and editing 3D images and objects. [Both of these versions have recently been replaced by Photoshop CC, which is available by sub­scription (US$10-20/month), and has additional features compared to CS6.]

Photoshop Lightroom 4 (US$149) addresses the workflow needs of professional and serious amateur photographers, enabling them to import, process, organize, and showcase large volumes of digital photographs quickly, or develop a single image. [Lightroom 4 is succeeded by Lightroom 5 – see the differences between the two.]

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2013 Giveaway! FREE Adobe CS6 Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign

January 8th, 2013 836 comments

[UPDATE – Also see our new Adobe CC 2017 Holiday Giveaway!]

Welcome 2013!  Last year we gave away a lot of software, so to kick off the new year right, we’re going to be giving away brand new boxed copies of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, and InDesign CS6 – with a collective value of US$2,000!

Creative Suite 6, Adobe’s flagship product line, has been doing very well in recent months… Available standalone for instant download or direct shipping, or as the core component of their new Creative Cloud offering, there are many important differences in this release compared to Creative Suite 5, including hundreds of new features added to the individual applications, major performance improvements, and much more.

Which Adobe CS6 Product Would You Like?

And now we’re thrilled to give away brand new boxed copies of Adobe’s top-of-the-line CS6 products to our terrific readers who have helped build our site to what it is today… Just check out our most popular posts over the past four years to see what you’ve helped create!

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Biggest Ever: Win FREE Adobe CS6 Master Collection Suite! ($2,600)

October 23rd, 2012 735 comments

[UPDATE – Also see our new Adobe CC 2017 Holiday Giveaway!]

Creative Suite 6, Adobe’s flagship product line, has been doing very well in recent months… Available standalone for instant download or direct shipping, or as the central focus of their new Creative Cloud offering, there are many important differences in this release compared to Creative Suite 5, including hundreds of new features added to the individual applications.

Download the Free Adobe CS6 Master Collection Trial!

And now we’d like to give away a brand new boxed copy of Adobe’s top-of-the-line CS6 suite to our incredible readers who have helped build our site to what it is today… It’s the CS6 Master Collection – the biggest of the best Adobe premium suites, containing nearly every amazing application that Adobe makes!  It includes Photoshop Extended, Dreamweaver, Acrobat Pro, Illus­trator, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and many more – see all the applications it contains.

We’ve given away a lot of software through the years, but this prize is our largest one ever…  And it’s not an upgrade or an education version – this is the shrink­wrapped, full commercial English release of CS6.  Master Collection currently sells for $2,599 / €2,707 / £2,223 – and collectively the 14+ major programs within are worth US$7,988 if purchased separately.

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