After the smash success of last year’s first-ever all-virtual MAX conference, Adobe is doing it again this week with an even bigger all-online, all-free MAX 2021. And, as usually happens at MAX, the company just rolled out a major new flagship release – Creative Cloud 2022 – a product line having so much that they had to speed through the 90-minute keynote just to try to cover it all.
There are significant updates across the entire suite of tools and services, with many new features and enhancements to existing applications, and even some surprises: extending Illustrator and Photoshop to the web by actually running in a browser, providing and ensuring digital content attribution with the new Content Authenticity Initiative, fueling online collaboration and virtual whiteboarding with Creative Cloud Spaces and Canvas, boosting content velocity by automating repetitive imaging tasks in the cloud using Project Aspen – plus, nearly one million photos, illustrations, templates, and videos now available to everyone at no cost with the new Adobe Stock Free Collection.
As always, all upgrades to your CC apps are included are part of your Creative Cloud membership at no additional cost. The new 2022 software is available immediately for worldwide download via the CC Desktop App… This means everyone gets either a free upgrade or a free trial – but some folks want or need to access the new tools directly without using Adobe’s download/app manager.
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Offline installers for the Creative Cloud Desktop app and for Acrobat DC Pro/Standard are currently available, but the rest of the new CC 2022 direct download links
have not yet been released, though we expect they’ll be out soon… As in the past, we are actively in touch with Adobe management and advocating for you – our readers and for customers everywhere.
In the meantime, the standalone installers for previous releases of Creative Cloud are still available for use and download.
Just reach out to Adobe’s Customer Care team via live online chat, and they will immediately give you temporary links to download offline installers for all the 2022 apps that you need.
You simply need to ask. We suggest: “Hello, I need the direct download links (offline installers) for the new 2022 releases of ___________. Could you please help me?”
You can connect with an agent to get the downloads here. Look for “Contact Us” or “Your contact options…” at the bottom of the page, or the Chat icon at the lower right. If asked, choose the “Download & Install” category. That’s it!
OPTION 2 – Or, you can do this instead: Anyone in the US or UK can now get a free Creative Cloud for Teams trial for 14 days. All users of the Teams plan can create their own custom Managed packages to download the latest 2022 offline installers for use on any computer.
No credit card or payment details are required, and you can get started immediately. You can do this if you don’t have an Adobe account, have a free Creative Cloud membership, or have a paid Individual subscription. If you decide not to purchase the Teams plan, then you can simply let the trial expire automatically.
For more info, check out the Adobe help page detailing this offer:
You can access versions 2022 and older, and there is no obligation to remove any of the apps you install; however they will continue to work only with an ongoing paid membership plan of some type.
We just tried it out and it works seamlessly as described, even if you already have an Individuals plan or if you currently have no paid plan at all. If you go this route, please let us know how it goes, or if you have any issues!
For decades now, Adobe has always provided publicly-available CC and CS industry-standard downloadable installers for many valid reasons… In our view, the need is strong and they should continue to do so.
As always, we will be following this story closely going forward – keeping this page up to date with the latest news regarding new offline installers, and publishing further information on the status of CC 2022 direct download links.
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Changing System Requirements
Also important to know that the system requirements have evolved, on both Windows and Mac, in order to take advantage of the latest operating system features and technologies… On Macs, the CC 2022 release now requires macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later. If you’re not yet running a compatible version of macOS, then you can get a free upgrade directly from Apple to Catalina. Be aware, however, that in Catalina, Apple has dropped support for any older 32-bit programs that you may have. macOS 11.0 (Big Sur) and the newly-launched macOS 12.0 (Monterey) are supported by Adobe as well.
On PCs, Windows 10 (version 1909 or higher) is a fully-supported platform for all Creative Cloud applications. Windows 11 is supported with some caveats. Importantly, except for Acrobat DC, the CC 2022 apps do not support 32-bit or any Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems.
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 2022 System Requirements. If these specifications don’t work for you for some reason, then you can continue to use the older CC 2021 applications, or even CC 2019 or CC 2018.
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