In keeping with our tradition 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 and full offline installers for the new releases of Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15, for both Windows and Mac OS.
[UPDATE (Nov. 2016) – These still work to download the original CC 2015.5 installers. If you’re looking for direct links to the newest CC 2017 versions, then see this post.]
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).
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:
[UPDATE – Also see our new Adobe CC 2017 Holiday Giveaway!]
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 – Also see our new Adobe CC 2017 Holiday 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 9 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.
Adobe Acrobat DC 2016 is now shipping! “DC” stands for Document Cloud, which is Adobe’s new set of integrated online services that helps 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 was completely reengineered last year for the initial DC 2015 milestone release.
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 has moved to a year-based versioning model for Acrobat… So this revision is officially called the “the 2016 Release of Acrobat DC” – and the technical version number is actually 15 rather than 12.
After decades of 30-day free trials for its flagship creative applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and all the others, today Adobe announced that going forward, the length of the trial period for Creative Cloud (i.e., the CC 2015 desktop apps) will be standardized worldwide at 7 days.
The company has been running some tests over the past couple months, and says the changes better align with how individuals are actually using the trial software – meaning the degree and duration of time they use them the most after initial installation. By moving to seven days, Adobe feels they can follow up better with the customer when the experience is freshest than if it happened a month later. It also gives users greater incentive to bump up the priority of the new software evaluations. Given the accelerating pace of change in technology (and pretty much everything else moving faster these days), these findings aren’t entirely surprising.
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:
- Folks with slow or limited Internet connections who need to complete large (multi-gigabyte) downloads to get started with their Creative Cloud memberships.
- 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.
- Users who just want to maintain secure backup copies of the offline CC 2015 installers should they ever be without connectivity and need to quickly reinstall their products.
- 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.
Here’s an incredible new resource that you should not miss – and even bookmark/share… It’s a comprehensive professional training course on how to best use Adobe Photoshop from O’Reilly’s InfiniteSkills – normally costing US$130, but now completely FREE with no catch. It includes 13 hours of high-quality instruction broken out into 23 chapters with 166 video tutorials (in HD or SD), covering all major aspects of Photoshop – the world’s most popular graphics and photo editing software – at no cost!
Time-lapse photography videos never go out of style… Here is one of our all-time favorites from Norwegian landscape photographer Terje Sorgjerd – incredibly beautiful and perfect for the clear, dark nights of the season (watch full-screen):
Prior to the extensive video editing tools first introduced in CS6, Photoshop wasn’t normally known for its video capabilities – but in fact it’s always been possible to take a series of still photographs (manipulated as desired) and then quickly create your own timelapse video using Photoshop Extended…