What’s New Comparison: Adobe “CC” (Creative Cloud) vs. CS6
One of the most common upgrade questions we see out there is asking what’s new, what’s different, what’s better, what’s changed between Adobe’s new CC release and last year’s Creative Suite 6? Or more fundamentally, what are the key new features in ‘CC’ versus the prior version?
The CC products initially launched in June but have already been updated substantially since that time. They are available only via Creative Cloud membership (either for one tool or all), with significant discounts available for upgraders and education customers. Compared to CS6, Adobe CC contains hundreds of new or improved features and functions throughout the entire line, across the 15 desktop applications that comprise it.
The easiest way to look at it is by major product… For example, Photoshop CC now always contains all the 3D functions that were previously only available in the PS ‘Extended’ edition – and is generally packed with new features for designers, photographers and digital artists – something for everyone. You’ll find all the details on these linked from the table below.
Generally you can install and use the CC software on up to two computers (including both a PC and a Mac), and even both at the same time. Further, the new CC tools can read and save or export back to the older CS6 file formats in most cases (or even CS5, CS4, or CS3). Also don’t forget that all CC products include ongoing upgrades at no extra cost, so you’ll always be running the latest and greatest version available.
For learning CC, there is plenty of free documentation as well as free tutorial videos available to get you going. Adobe says 80% of buyers are now choosing Creative Cloud, which is getting nearly 5-star reviews from customers.
Note that two of the CS6 tools were not upgraded to CC, namely Fireworks and Encore. However, the CS6 versions of each remain available for full use in the Creative Cloud. On the positive side, Adobe InCopy has been added to CC, and so InCopy CC is now part of your membership. And other major applications like Lightroom 5, Digital Publishing Suite, Typekit, Behance ProSite, and Acrobat XI Pro continue to be included in the Creative Cloud as well.
So here they are, the breakouts by individual product – the version comparisons and differences between Adobe CC vs. CS6:
What’s New in Adobe CC
See the CC System Requirements for complete platform information.
|Photoshop CC||What’s New?||New Features|
|Illustrator CC||What’s New?||New Features|
|InDesign CC||What’s New?||New Features|
|InCopy CC||What’s New?||New Features|
|Dreamweaver CC||What’s New?||New Features|
|Flash Professional CC||What’s New?||New Features|
|Edge Animate CC||What’s New?||New Features|
|Adobe Muse CC||What’s New?||New Features|
|Premiere Pro CC||What’s New?||New Features|
|After Effects CC||What’s New?||New Features|
|Audition CC||What’s New?||New Features|
|Prelude CC||What’s New?||New Features|
|SpeedGrade CC||What’s New?||New Features|
|Adobe Bridge CC||What’s New?||New Features|
|Media Encoder CC||What’s New?||New Features|