Adobe has just announced the immediate availability of the all-new CC 2015 release, with hundreds of new features and enhancements across their creative product line focusing on workflow, performance, connectivity, and some of that Adobe magic… Creative Cloud 2015 is the next major release following the CC 2014 and CC 2013 versions, which in turn replaced CS6 from 2012. So thinking in the old terms, this would roughly be equivalent to CS9 (and more).
The 15 desktop tools updated today are Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Dreamweaver, Flash Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects (including the highly-anticipated Character Animator), Audition, Prelude, Speedgrade, Media Encoder, Muse, and Edge Animate. All current Creative Cloud members will receive an automatic upgrade to the 2015 Release, and all of the new free trial downloads are also now live online. As before, the new tools and services are available via affordable annual or monthly memberships. Adobe continues to grow Creative Cloud in a big way, now with over 22 million paid customers already having signed up.
Also rolling out today are additional technologies like Adobe Stock, which offers over 285 million royalty-free photos, images and illustrations at your fingertips from the company’s recent acquisition of Fotolia – and CreativeSync, which gives instant access to your photos, brushes, sketches, colors, fonts, design assets and more within your CC apps (desktop or mobile) so you can start your work in one place and finish it in another.
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Things You Should Know About the 2015 Release
The CC 2015 applications are full new builds of the tools and not just “in place” feature updates to the existing versions. But there’s been an important change in the CC Desktop App that normally manages downloads and installations of the programs. In previous releases, it installed new versions side-by-side with any previous tools that you had. Now, the default behavior is to uninstall prior CC (not CS) versions on your machine, so that you just have the latest. It will automatically migrate your presets, preferences and any compatible add-ons; however it will not migrate third-party plug-ins.
If you do not want it to uninstall your prior versions – for third-party compatibility reasons or just to wait until you’re comfortable with the new CC 2015 version – then click on “Advanced Options” and uncheck “Remove old versions.” In all cases, per usual, you’ll have to reinstall any third-party plug-ins and extension panels after you upgrade. For more information and details, please see this guide. So, it’s up to you: if you choose, CC 2015 will install and run alongside CC 2014, CS6, CS5, or any older CS versions with no problem (and many people do this), or you can have the the older release(s) removed. Of course, if you use the CC 2015 direct download links instead of the Desktop App, then you have full control of everything yourself.
In any event, as a Creative Cloud member you always have access to older CC 2014, CC 2013, and CS6 versions available in an online archive for all subscribers to download and use if/when needed. So if you ever uninstall an earlier version that you want back later, it’s there for you. If you’re trying out CC 2015 and decide to join when the free trial period is up, you can easily convert your trial to ongoing use without reinstalling the software. For those who still want traditional (perpetual) licensing instead, Adobe continues to sell CS6 direct for those who wish it (the CS6 free trials are also still available), although keep in mind this software is from 2012 and will not be updated any further.
Also critical to know is that the system requirements for Mac have changed significantly… Adobe advised two months ago that 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). Or instead you can continue to use the older CC 2014 applications. For Windows, there are no big changes to the specs or requirements from CC 2014. For more details, see the complete CC 2015 System Requirements.
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Pricing and Availability
The complete CC 2015 release is now shipping and available for instant download. If you’re not ready for the complete Creative Cloud now ($49.99/month) and prefer just a single application like Photoshop CC 2015, then you can get any standalone CC tool for $9.99 or $19.99 a month with what’s known as a Single-App Membership, or (for both Photoshop + Lightroom) the CC Photography Plan.
Education customers still receive significant savings of 60-70% off the regular CC prices, for students, teachers, and staff at all levels of school: primary, middle, secondary, college and university… See our guide on how to qualify.
If you need to run CC on multiple computers for a group of users, then Adobe offers Creative Cloud for Teams for the most flexibility and ease of management plus two-year-long 30% upgrade discounts from Creative Suite.
As a Creative Cloud member, all of these just-launched apps and services are available to you immediately. Just download and install the apps from your Creative Cloud account (completely on your schedule), or start using the new or updated services. Everyone can also run everything for free for
30 7 days (or possibly longer), as all trial periods have been reset from CC 2014.
You can find more details about all the new features on the Creative Cloud webpage and blog, or check out Adobe’s official press release. The extensive CC FAQ also answers many common questions, and don’t miss the broad collection of CC tutorials on Adobe TV.
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