Last month, Adobe unveiled the all-new CC 2018 Release, which they say is the biggest product launch since Adobe first introduced Creative Cloud over five years ago. And from what we’ve seen, it looks to be true. There are major updates across the entire suite of tools and services, including entirely new CC desktop tools as well as significant new features and performance improvements to existing applications, and even some surprises.
As always, all upgrades to your CC apps are included are part of your Creative Cloud membership at no additional cost. The CC 2018 software is available immediately for worldwide download via the Creative Cloud 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.
Adobe is having a worldwide sale with money-saving deals lined up through Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 (and beyond), and we’ve got the complete guide below… Although there are fewer offers than previous years, the new specials still match the same level of discount off the regular prices as past Black Fridays.
The company is running two major promotions for the all-new Creative Cloud (CC) 2018. Both are the lowest prices ever offered on these popular products. The holiday deals begin today and will run continuously until Friday, December 1st (extended!) at 11:59pm Pacific Time. So don’t delay, as these only come once per year!
The two available offers are:
— Creative Cloud 20% Off: Normally $49.99/month for new customers signing up for an annual plan – now the complete Adobe CC membership will be available at a special discounted rate of $39.99/month (or £39.95/€47.99/A$58.29 including VAT) for one year. No previous software ownership or other qualifications are necessary to receive this price reduction.
What are the differences between the types of Creative Cloud membership? This is a question we get a lot, so here’s a handy comparison guide on the major differences between Creative Cloud for Teams vs. CC for Individuals. In another article we already covered the all the differences between Creative Cloud Student & Teacher vs. regular editions.
Creative Cloud for Teams is Adobe’s volume licensing solution for businesses, studios, design shops, agencies, companies, offices, schools, and other organizations. It includes everything that CC for Individuals does, but gives you substantially more features and capabilities for managing and working with different users. It’s meant for groups (such as small to midsize businesses and departments) with multiple seats using the products at the same time. For large businesses, Adobe recommends Creative Cloud for Enterprise.
A fast way to get a sense of the biggest differences is to check out Adobe’s CC Plans-at-a-Glance comparison page for business – click to open for more details:
With the fast-growing adoption of Adobe’s Creative Cloud and the recent release of the all-new CC 2018 versions of creative applications, some readers are telling us they’re not sure if they need all the tools that are included in the complete Creative Cloud offering, or aren’t ready or able to join for US$50 a month…
The complete (or All Apps) Creative Cloud membership gives you the latest-and-greatest versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Muse, Animate (Flash Pro), XD, Dimension, Premiere, After Effects, Audition, and others – together in a well-integrated suite with ongoing product upgrades included as soon as they’re available.
Did you make it to MAX this year? Adobe’s Creativity Conference broke records with 12,000 attendees coming together in Las Vegas earlier this month, double from 6,000 just a few years ago… In fact, it was the largest gathering of talented creative professionals that there has ever been in one room, anytime in history!
Those who came enjoyed major new product launches, inspirational keynotes from creative luminaries, hundreds of enriching training sessions, plentiful opportunities for networking with colleagues, access to the latest cool technology on the pavilion floor, meeting the Adobe product teams in person, the highly-anticipated “Sneak Peek” demos of amazing new features under development, and of course the famous MAX Bash party.
But if you didn’t make it, no worries – believe it or not, you can still tap into many of the best resources from the comfort of your own laptop, tablet, or phone!
One of the most common upgrade questions we see out there is asking what’s new, what’s different, what’s better, what’s changed between Adobe’s just-launched CC 2018 release and the previous CC 2017, CC 2015.5, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC 2013, or 2012’s Creative Suite 6? Or more fundamentally, what are the key new features and advancements in CC 2018 versus prior versions?
Now that the new CC 2018 milestone release is shipping worldwide, everyone is entitled to either a free upgrade or a new free trial for 7 days. Ongoing access to these tools requires a Creative Cloud membership (either for one app or for all of them), with discounts available for education customers. Adobe says that if you look at all of the changes since CS6 to the current CC 2018 release, there have been thousands of significant updates – meaning new and enhanced features, added capabilities, and performance boosts – to the key creative applications.
Last week, Adobe announced the immediate availability of the all-new CC 2018 release, the next generation of Creative Cloud with hundreds of new features and advancements across their product line focusing on innovative new tools, improved performance, smoother workflow & connectivity, and some of that Adobe magic… CC 2018 is the next major release following the CC 2017, CC 2015, CC 2014, and CC 2013 versions, which in turn replaced CS6 from 2012.
The 15 upgraded CC desktop applications are Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Animate (formerly Flash Pro), Muse, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Prelude, Media Encoder, Bridge, Camera Raw, and the rebranded Lightroom Classic. In addition, there are four brand new 1.0 products: Adobe XD for user eXperience Design, Adobe Dimension (previously Project Felix) for 2D to 3D compositing, Character Animator for 2D animation, and an all-new cloud-centric photography service by the name of… Lightroom CC.
Hard to believe, but Adobe recently surpassed over 12 million paid members for Creative Cloud. So we get this question all the time from readers, asking us, “What’s a good book to get started with Creative Cloud?” While there are a lot of great CC books for sale on Amazon, why not begin with an excellent title that’s available to everyone for free?
Over the years, we’ve compiled a collection of over 30 free books that you can download and use for learning all of Adobe’s different creative tools… But there’s one volume that always stands out as a favorite – and even better, it has just been republished in a brand new expanded edition for the CC 2018 tools.
So if you’re just getting going with (or would like a solid primer covering) the core Creative Cloud design tools, then what better than a step-by-step guide that will teach you the essentials of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Muse from the ground up?
So here it is: the very helpful “Adobe CC Design Basics” that will give you all of this for free, courtesy of author Professor Thomas Payne… The book works by introducing and explaining the tools in a logical way that builds upon what is previously learned. These applications present a vast array of buttons and gadgets that can be overwhelming to the new user. This book makes sense of it all, not showing how everything works, but instead giving a foundation and a path to learn about all those controls and what they can do for you.
The new version 2018 of Adobe’s “Elements” line is out, and no, you didn’t miss versions 16 and 17… Moving forward, the Elements applications will take on the upcoming year of their release instead of a version number. So this year, we have the transition from (the previous) version 15 to (the new) Photoshop Elements 2018 and Premiere Elements 2018.
And continuing our tradition of publishing the direct download links for major Adobe products such as Creative Cloud, Lightroom 6/CC, and Acrobat DC, below you’ll find the direct links from Adobe’s servers for the free trials and full offline installers for the new releases of Photoshop Elements 2018 and Premiere Elements 2018, for both Windows and macOS.
[UPDATE – Also see our new Holiday CC 2018 Giveaway!]
This year, MAX is happening next month, from October 18-20. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to presume that the next major version of Creative Cloud – CC 2018 – could well be released in the same fashion and timeframe. (For example, see the Photoshop CC “Sneak Peek” video below.)