“Creativity for All” is the key theme of the all-new CC 2020 release, which was just announced by Adobe this week at their annual MAX conference. This next generation of Creative Cloud includes hundreds of new features and advancements across their product line, focusing on three core goals: faster, more powerful & more reliable tools, creating anywhere & anytime with anyone, and exploring new frontiers… CC 2020 is the next major release following the CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015, CC 2014, and CC 2013 versions, which in turn replaced CS6 from 2012.
The 19 upgraded CC desktop applications are Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Animate, XD, Dimension, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, After Effects, Audition, Character Animator, Media Encoder, Prelude, Bridge, Camera Raw, Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic. In addition, there’s a recently-improved version of Acrobat DC Pro, plus these new Creative Cloud apps:
- Two brand new 1.0 tools are now available: Photoshop on iPad, which is included for all Creative Cloud customers who are subscribed to Photoshop, and Adobe Aero, a 100% free new authoring app for creating & viewing augmented reality (AR) experiences. Additionally, Adobe announced Illustrator on the iPad is coming in 2020.
- Photoshop Camera is a new, AI-powered mobile camera app that brings the magic of Photoshop to the point of capture, currently in Early Access Preview.
- Digital drawing and painting app Adobe Fresco is now available on Windows (desktop), including Microsoft Surface Pro X devices and Wacom MobileStudio Pro hardware.
- Substance by Adobe released Substance Alchemist 1.0.
All current Creative Cloud members receive an automatic upgrade to the 2020 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 around the world, with well over 26 million paid subscribers.
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What You Should Know About the 2020 Release
The CC 2020 applications are complete new builds of the tools and not just “in place” feature updates to the existing versions. When upgrading your system, the revamped 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’re trying out CC 2020 and decide to join when the free trial period is up, you can easily convert your trial to ongoing use without reinstalling the software.
If you don’t want to uninstall your prior version(s), then click on “Advanced Options” (if necessary) and make sure to 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, see this guide. So, it’s entirely up to you: if you choose, CC 2020 will install and run alongside CC 2019, CC 2018, CS6, or any older CS versions with no problem (and some people do this), or you can have the the older release(s) removed.
The System Requirements Have Changed
Also important to know that the system requirements have evolved, both on Windows as well as on Mac, in order to take advantage of the latest operating system features and technologies… On Macs, the CC 2020 release now requires macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or higher. If you’re not yet running a compatible version of macOS, then you can get a free upgrade directly from Apple to High Sierra (10.13), to Mojave (10.14), or to Catalina (10.15). Be aware, however, that in Catalina – the latest release – Apple has dropped support for any older 32-bit programs that may be installed on your Mac.
On PCs, Windows 10 (version 1809 or higher) is a fully-supported platform for all Creative Cloud applications. Windows 7 SP1 will still work for some CC tools, but not key ones like the video and audio apps, and Windows 8.x is not supported at all. Furthermore, except for Acrobat DC, Creative Cloud no longer supports Windows 32-bit systems. Most CC 2019 apps already required a Windows 64-bit OS, and that requirement has now expanded to all CC 2020 apps. This means that 32-bit versions of Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Dreamweaver and Bridge are not offered in CC 2020, as they were in CC 2019.
Adobe explains that focusing their efforts on more modern OS versions allows them to concentrate on developing the features and functionality most requested by members, while ensuring peak performance that takes advantage of modern hardware. For more details, please consult the complete CC 2020 System Requirements. If these specifications don’t work for you for some reason, then you can instead continue to use the older CC 2019 applications, or even CC 2018.
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Pricing and Availability
The 2020 release is now shipping and available for download. If you’re not ready for the complete Creative Cloud now (US$50/month prepaid) and prefer just a single application like Photoshop 2020, then you can get any standalone CC tool for $10-$20 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 game-changing 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 all apps for free for 7 days, as all trial periods have been reset from the previous major release.
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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