= BREAKING NEWS =
The next generation of Creative Suite products – sometimes referred to as CS7 or CS-Next – will actually be called “CC” (as in “Photoshop CC“) and from here on out will be available exclusively through the Creative Cloud. So there will not be a line called “Creative Suite 7.”
What this means is that we’ve reached the end of the line with the traditional high-priced boxed releases – the last one was CS6, which came out over a year ago. Adobe will continue to offer CS6 for purchase and free trial going forward (in download form only), for those who need perpetual licensing – however, if you want the the new versions of Adobe’s creative tools with the latest features and upgrades, then getting Adobe CC via the Creative Cloud is now the only way to do it.
Adobe sees the old model of static, monolithic 12-to-18-month software releases as outmoded in an increasingly fast-moving, connected, and collaborative world… Creative Cloud was introduced 18 months ago and since that time adoption has exceeded expectations: the Cloud has gained millions of users and received nearly 5-star reviews from customers, and so the company is now putting all of their resources into it.
“Adobe’s desktop tools, previously known as Creative Suite (CS) are now branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud and have been reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating. In all, Creative Cloud will now consist of more than 30 tools and services that enable professional grade content creation and delivery across print, web, mobile apps, video and photography. Focusing development on Creative Cloud will not only accelerate the rate at which Adobe can innovate but also broaden the type of innovation the company can offer the creative community.”
You can read more about Adobe’s reasons for the move in their online message to customers:
What’s New in Adobe CC?
The company has added hundreds of new features into the CC release since CS6, focusing on productivity, performance, and connectivity. The 15 new CC products will download and run locally on your desktop just like normal; they are not web applications nor do they require continual Internet access to use.
They will be available automatically to all Creative Cloud members on the “CC” release date of Monday, June 17th – and free new 30-day trials will be offered for download, even if you already have the free level of Creative Cloud membership and/or have used the CS6 trials.
[UPDATE (June 17th) – Right on schedule, Adobe’s new CC release is now available!]
Even after the CC release ships, Creative Cloud members will continue to be able to download and/or run all the CS6 tools if desired, on the same computer(s). In fact, the CC applications can co-exist side-by-side with all earlier CS versions. As a reminder, Creative Cloud apps can be installed on up to two systems, including both Windows and Mac.
If you don’t want or need the whole Creative Cloud at this time, then Adobe also offers single-app memberships for $19.99 a month. And if you own any previous CS tool (from CS3 to CS6), then you can subscribe to any individual app for just $9.99 a month for the first year. So for example, a Photoshop CS3 user can get Photoshop CC for that price.
Adobe will continue to offer Student & Teacher Editions with discounts up to 70% off the regular prices for education customers including students, teachers, and academic staff. Just be sure you know the key differences between Adobe’s academic versions vs. regular. Here is the link to buy the CS6 education editions if you want that instead of the Cloud.
Here are some important aspects of what’s new with Adobe CC generally:
- Photoshop CC now includes all of the additional features and functionality that were only available in Photoshop Extended previously.
- InDesign CC, Flash Pro CC, and Audition CC now come in native 64-bit (fast) versions, in addition to 32-bit versions (similar to Photoshop and Illustrator).
- Fireworks CS6 will still be included in the Creative Cloud plus sold separately, however is not being upgraded to the “CC” family of tools.
- Likewise, Encore (for making DVD’s) is also not being updated to CC, but Encore CS6 can be used with Premiere Pro CC.
- We have the much-requested addition of Adobe InCopy, now included in the Creative Cloud as InCopy CC.
- Although on customer wishlists, the new Captivate 7 product is not included in the CC release and is purchased separately.
- Lightroom (including LR5) will continue to be available as a perpetual standalone product, as well as an included part of Creative Cloud.
- Adobe has lowered some prices with special promotions: Current CS6 owners can now get the Creative Cloud for $19.99 a month for the first year. From CS3 – CS5.5, it’s $29.99.
- The education deal is back: Students and teachers receive a discount of 60%-70% off the regular price worldwide, and pay US$19.99/month for the complete Cloud.
- If you need more than one copy, check out Creative Cloud for Teams – where pricing has been reduced to $39.99 a month for the first year (40% off) for upgraders.
For more in-depth coverage, see our CS6 vs. “CC” Version Comparison Guide just published.
Give your input before it ships – what would you like to see in the next release? Or do you have any questions about what’s coming? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at Adobe’s official feature request “wishlist”…
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