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What Are the Differences Between Adobe CC 2015 vs. CS6 and Other Versions — What's New?

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 just-launched CC 2015 release and the previous CC 2014, CC 2013, or 2012’s Creative Suite 6 – or even the older CS5, CS4, CS3?  Or more fundamentally, what are the key new features in CC 2015 versus prior versions?

Now that the new CC 2015 mile­stone release is out world­wide, everyone is entitled to either a free upgrade or a free 30-day trial (possibly up to 60 days). Ongoing access to these tools requires a Creative Cloud mem­ber­ship (either for one app or for all of them), with discounts available for education custom­ers. Adobe says that if you look at all of the changes since CS6 to the current CC 2015 release, there have been well over 1,000 significant updates – meaning new and improved features, added capabil­ities, and perfor­mance improve­ments – to the key creative applications.

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There are 20 different desktop tools included in Creative Cloud, so the easiest way to look at it is by product… For example, Photoshop CC 2015 contains all of the 3D functions that were previously only available in the PS ‘Extended’ edition – and overall is packed with new features for designers, photographers and digital artists – something for everyone. You’ll find the details on these additions in the table below.

Also rolling out this week are additional technologies like Adobe Stock, which offers over 40 million photos, images and illustrations smoothly integrated with the CC toolset – and CreativeSync, which ensures that your files, fonts, design assets, settings, and more all instantly appear in your workflow wherever you need them, so you can start your creative work on any device and seamlessly pick it up on another.

A variety of free new mobile apps have also been released for iOS and Android, which work together with the cloud and the desktop applications. And other top tools and services like Lightroom 6/CC (desktop & mobile), Typekit, Behance ProSite, Creative Cloud Market, and Acrobat DC Pro continue to be included in Creative Cloud 2015 as well.

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If you want to try any of the CC apps out, then just sign up for a free level of Creative Cloud membership to gain access. Alternatively, all of the free trials are also available for immediate direct download. For learning how to best use the products, there are plenty of free PDF manuals available as well as free tutorial videos to get you going. There are even dozens of completely free books that you can download for all of the most popular applica­tions.

Typically you can install and use the CC software on up to two computers, including both a PC and a Mac. Further, CC programs generally 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 can always be running the latest and greatest version available.

It’s also important to know that the system requirements for Mac have changed meaningfully… The CC 2015 release requires Mac OS X 10.9 (“Mavericks”) or higher. If you’re not running that yet, then you can get a free upgrade from Apple to the latest version of OS X (10.10). For Windows, there are no big changes to the specs or requirements from CC 2014.

So here they are, the feature breakouts by individual product – what’s new (at-a-glance or in depth), as well as the version comparisons and differences between Adobe CC 2015 vs. the CC 2014, CC 2013, CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4, and CS3 releases:

What’s New in Adobe CC 2015
Product At-a-Glance In Depth By Release
See the CC System Requirements for complete platform information.
Photoshop CC 2015 What’s New? New Features Compare Versions
Illustrator CC 2015 What’s New? New Features Compare Versions
InDesign CC 2015 What’s New? New Features Compare Versions
InCopy CC 2015 What’s New? Compare Versions
Dreamweaver CC 2015 What’s New? New Features Compare Versions
Flash Pro CC 2015 What’s New? New Features Compare Versions
Premiere Pro CC 2015 What’s New? New Features Compare Versions
After Effects CC 2015 What’s New? New Features Compare Versions
Audition CC 2015 What’s New? New Features Compare Versions
Prelude CC 2015 What’s New? New Features Compare Versions
SpeedGrade CC 2015 What’s New? New Features Compare Versions
Media Encoder CC 2015 What’s New? New Features Compare Versions
Adobe Bridge CC What’s New? New Features
Adobe Muse CC 2015 What’s New? New Features Compare Versions
Edge Animate CC 2015 What’s New? New Features Compare Versions
Edge Inspect CC What’s New?
Edge Reflow CC Preview What’s New?
Edge Code CC Preview What’s New?

Check Out Key Highlights of What's New in  the CC 2015 Desktop Apps (Click to Enlarge)

Adobe says this is their biggest software release since CS6 in spring 2012, so for more details on the essentials and differences don’t miss our CC 2015 Review Guide.

See Also

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  1. Erling Smith

    Hi, I am over 50 disabled and paralyzed Mech. engineer. I love to study and to learn, can you please send me Dreamweaver cs6 and Photoshop tutorial. Sorry but I can not pay.

    Erling Smith in Iceland

  2. Taylor

    @Arry Sharma

    @Brian Lawson

    why on earth are you trying to do anything productive with 512gb of vram? ive had a laptop gpu with 8gb of vram since early 2014

  3. Anonymous

    I can’t afford the whole CC idea. AMEN!

  4. Lynn

    We are installing this on several of the contracted pc’s for the State of Ct DOT. Can the files be saved locally to the hard drive or do all the files have to be saved to the cloud?

    from what I have read, only the user that logs into the pc can see his/her files – unless they share their files with others?

    Thank you for any information-

    • Hello Lynn, it sounds like you may be under a frequent misconception – you don’t have to store any files online or “in the cloud” if you don’t want to… See:

      The 10 Most Common Myths About Creative Cloud (CC)

      Put simply, using Adobe CC is not true “cloud computing,”, despite the name. Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. are desktop apps that run locally on your computer, just like before. You don’t have to upload, share, or store a single file online unless that’s what you want! And in fact it’s easier to store your work offline than online.

      Finally, to answer your last question – just like any computer, your local files are only available to others if you decide to share them in some fashion… and that can be via the online storage provided with Creative Cloud, or using some other connected facility like Dropbox or shared storage on your network.

  5. Vince

    Are there any benefits using Win 7 Pro over Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit on CC2015?



  6. Kazeem Sanni


    I live in Nigeria and unfortunately Nigeria like many other african countries are not permitted into the creative cloud monthly payment option.

    Please do you have details of any reseller that I can buy the CC2015 full suite of Photoshop from?

  7. Marcus

    Adobe turned the design industry into the oil industry. While I understand Adobe’s need to survive, I think Adobe CC creates a very BIG moral issue. After a graphic designer/web designer obtains a four year degree, the individual becomes stuck in a continuous yearly subscription. If a graphic designer does not buy a yearly subscription, the individual’s skills will become outdated. Since Adobe does not have any viable competition, the company is able to tap designers as if they are oil.

    I didn’t graduate from college, so I can see my field of study become hijacked. When you go to the art store, the manufacture of pens, paper, and ink doesn’t require a subscription fee.

    Adobe has turned a time honored field of study into an economic conundrum.

    I only need two to three programs. Why am I paying for all of them?

    Adobe needs to feel the pressure of competition.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts Marcus, but nothing has changed there. In the old days when you needed 2-3 tools, you bought a CS bundle called a suite – which included more programs than two or three (and technically you also paid for those). In both situations, then and now, at least you have the opportunity to expand your skills and learn new products that come with what you bought.

      Also, it was just as easy for a graphic designer’s skills to become outdated if they did not frequently update their CS software, which previously cost more money each time with each upgrade. Now with CC, all ongoing upgrades are always included, so everyone can be running the latest-and-greatest versions.

      Finally, it’s arguably easier for designers just to get a foot in the door with all the industry-leading tools – because there is no upfront cost with CC, versus having to pay thousands of dollars for static programs as it used to be with CS6.

      For more discussion of the pros and cons of the different options, see:

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

    • PS – Note you can still purchase CS6 (full or upgrade) direct from Adobe, if that’s what you prefer, including the CS6 education versions.

  8. Kieron O’Meara

    Please assist me to understand…

    I just want to do one thing: Convert my old (2001) flash interactive animations into HTML5.

    The journey so far has lead me to:

    1) Try Google’s Flash Converter
    (It was no good because it didn’t convert the interactive elements successfully) So then I…

    2) Downloaded a free trial of Flash Professional CC

    3) Which somehow turned into Flash CS6 after I downloaded it (Probably some kind of protection mechanism for the trial expiry?)
    Anyway, I think I now understand the difference – CS6 is a one-off payment / CC is a subscription service.

    3) I went to YouTube and searched “How to Export HTML5 Content In Adobe Flash CS6.”
    The video must be out-of-date because the URL given ( automatically changes to (

    4) Instead I tried to find my way to a download of CreateJS by Google searching “download for flash professional toolkit for createjs” – but that led me to a page that encourages me to download CDNs? And tells me about Easels, Sounds and Preloads

    …My mind is now officially BLOWN.

    So I’m left really confused… Can no one just tell me how to convert my old Flash Files to HTML5?
    Pretty please…

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