Adobe just announced the immediate availability of the all-new CC 2017 release, with hundreds of new features and enhancements across their creative product line focusing on innovative new tools, improved performance, smoother workflow & connectivity, and some of that Adobe magic… Creative Cloud 2017 is the next major release following the CC 2015, CC 2014, and CC 2013 versions, which in turn replaced CS6 from 2012.
The 15 upgraded desktop applications are Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Animate (formerly Flash Pro), Muse, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Character Animator, Audition, Prelude, Media Encoder, Bridge, and Experience Design (XD). All current Creative Cloud members receive an automatic upgrade to the 2017 Release, and all of the new free trial downloads are also now live online. As before, the new tools and services are available via budget-friendly annual or monthly memberships. Creative Cloud membership continues to expand at an accelerating pace around the world, with now over 22 million paid customers having signed up.
Also rolling out are cool technologies like Project Felix, a powerful new 3D compositing tool created for designers, as well as impressive further growth in Adobe Stock, now offering 250 million assets and some amazing visual search capabilities, plus the introduction of a new collection of intelligent services built into the Adobe Cloud Platform called Adobe Sensei.
A variety of free mobile apps have also been released or updated for both iOS and Android, which work together with the cloud and the desktop applications. And other top tools and services like Behance, your own Adobe Portfolio website, Typekit fonts, Creative Cloud Market assets, Lightroom CC, and Acrobat DC Pro continue to be included in Creative Cloud 2017 as well.
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What You Should Know About the 2017 Release
The CC 2017 applications are complete new builds of the tools and not just “in place” feature updates to the existing versions. When upgrading your system, the CC Desktop App will, by default, uninstall prior CC (not CS) versions on your machine, so that you just have the latest release… 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 2017 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 2017 will install and run alongside CC 2015, CS6, CS5, or any older CS versions with no problem (and some people do this), or you can have the the older release(s) removed. Of course, if you use the CC 2017 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 2015, 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 2017 and decide to join when the free trial period is up, you can easily convert your trial to ongoing use without reinstalling the software.
Also important to know is that the system requirements for Mac have changed… The CC 2017 release now requires Mac OS X 10.10 (“Yosemite”) or higher. If you’re not running that yet, then you can get a free upgrade from Apple to the latest version of macOS 10.12 Sierra. Or instead you can continue to use the older CC 2015.5 applications. For Windows, there are no major changes to the specs or requirements from CC 2015; Windows 7 and higher still work fine. For more details, see the complete CC 2017 System Requirements.
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Pricing and Availability
The complete CC 2017 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 2017, 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 a discount 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 other significant advantages over the Individual CC offering such as the groundbreaking Team Projects.
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 7 days, as all trial periods have been reset from CC 2015.
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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