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What’s the Difference Between Adobe CC 2018 vs. Older Versions?

October 30th, 2017 11 comments

What Are the Differences Between Adobe CC 2018 vs. Older Versions — What's New?

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.

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The New Adobe CC 2018 Release Is Here – What You Need to Know

October 25th, 2017 5 comments

Download the New 2018 Release of Creative Cloud Now! (Try or Buy) See What's New

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.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 Direct Download Links + Premiere

October 5th, 2017 2 comments

Direct Download Links for Adobe Elements 2018 - Get It Now

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.

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Win the New Creative Cloud 2018 Release – FREE Full Subscription!

September 21st, 2017 688 comments

What's Included in this Adobe CC 2018 Giveaway? See All the Tools You Get with Creative Cloud

[UPDATE – Also see our new MAX 2018 Ticket Giveaway!]

Last fall at the annual MAX conference, Adobe launched the current version of Creative Cloud, CC 2017… This major release was announced, demoed, and shipped all on day one of the show.

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.)

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The 10 Most Common Myths About Adobe’s Creative Cloud (CC)

September 20th, 2017 352 comments

What's in the Adobe Creative Cloud?

With over 12 million customers having already signed up in the five years since it launched, Adobe’s Creative Cloud (CC) product line has been a success exceeding even the company’s own expecta­tions.  Still, there are a lot of misconceptions out there that we see from time to time, or that some folks seem to believe… (do you?)  Here below we dispel and debunk the top 10 most common myths we’ve heard – and hopefully even if you already know the scoop or use Creative Cloud you’ll pick something up… read on!

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What’s Included with Your Free Creative Cloud Membership

September 18th, 2017 102 comments

Get Adobe Creative Cloud Now, Free or Paid

Having originally launched almost six years ago, by this time you’ve heard about Adobe’s fast-growing Creative Cloud, you’ve dispelled the all-too-common myths out there surrounding it, and perhaps are considering subscribing to CC now that 12 million of your colleagues already have…

You probably also know that Adobe stopped development of the older “CS” releases back in 2012, and that there have been thousands of new product features, enhancements, and perform­ance improvements added to CC since Creative Suite ended, as well as integral new services.

But did you know that no matter what you do, you can sign up right now for a zero-cost class of membership that never expires and provides free benefits for life?  Anyone can have this free level currently in 83 countries worldwide, even if you still use the older tools instead, or even if you use no other Adobe products or services at all.  No credit card is required.

Here is all of what you get completely free (on Windows or macOS), permanently:

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Free Ticket to Adobe MAX 2017! Win a Full Pass Worth US$1,595

August 4th, 2017 47 comments

[UPDATE – Also see our new MAX 2018 Ticket Giveaway!]

MAX 2017 – the big annual conference intersecting creativity and Adobe technology – is coming up this fall in Las Vegas, Nevada… And continuing our long tradition of free Adobe giveaways, we’ve got one free regular full conference pass (worth US$1,595) to give away, courtesy of our friends at Adobe Systems! Plus, an exclusive US$400-off MAX ticket discount code that’s available to everyone… (details below)

Adobe MAX 2017—The Creativity Conference: Learn More!

Adobe MAX 2017, The Creativity Conference – running from October 18-20 – will be chock full of expert keynotes and presentations, technical and how-to ses­sions, product announce­ments and sneak peeks, evening events and parties, networking and meeting the teams, and possibly some surprises… The show is an amazing experi­ence where they really take care of you from start to finish while you soak up all the growth and learning you can.

In fact, many of the best courses and tutorial sessions from the last MAX were recorded and are still available on-demand for free viewing, covering all Adobe applications.

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Download 30 Free Adobe Books from Our Growing eBook Collection

April 27th, 2017 8 comments

Download 30 Free Adobe Books

Next to our Adobe software direct download links, easily the most popular resource here at ProDesignTools is the set of free Adobe books that we’ve put together over the years…

So we’re pleased to announce that, with the recent addition of the Adobe Animate Guidebook, this no-cost collection has now grown to 30 different titles that you can legally download and use royalty-free, forever. These eBooks comprise thousands of pages covering the CC and CS releases of all major Adobe products. So before you go and spend money for a book, you might want to check these out first!

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Download New Adobe Captivate 2017 Release: Direct Links & Trials

April 20th, 2017 8 comments

Download the New Adobe Captivate 2017 Free Trial Now

[UPDATE (August 2018) – These still work to download the older Captivate 2017 trials. We also now have the all-new Captivate 2019 Direct Download Links!]

Adobe just announced the latest versions of its industry-leading eLearning and mLearning authoring tool, Captivate 2017 (aka Captivate 10), and learning management system (LMS), Captivate Prime. Used in conjunction, as an end-to-end solution, or as standalone offerings, these powerful eLearning products continue to break new ground in learning, development, and training – delivering exceptional learning experiences that are personalized and available on any device.

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Update: You Can No Longer Buy CS6 from Adobe – Here’s Why

January 25th, 2017 92 comments

Almost five years ago, in the spring of 2012, Adobe launched two major products at one time: Creative Suite 6 and the Creative Cloud. The Creative Suite 6 suites were well received and cost from US$1,300 to $2,600 – while Creative Cloud, a subscription to their full range of creative applications, had a much lower cost of entry and gave customers access to the CS6 tools and services, as well as ongoing upgrades. A year later, Adobe announced that CS6 would be their last perpetual software release, and there would be no CS7.

Here's the page where you previously could buy Adobe CS6

Since then, the Creative Cloud has evolved to include the newer milestone releases CC 2013, CC 2014, CC 2015, CC 2015.5, and now CC 2017. Over this time, thousands of new features and improve­ments have been delivered exclusively to Creative Cloud members, while the original CS6 release has remained largely static. By law, with the purchasing model that CS6 had, Adobe could not legally add significant new features to the traditional release.

By June of 2014, after the first two major CC versions, Adobe described new CS6 sales as “de minimis,” with the vast majority of customers choosing Creative Cloud instead.

Adobe did continue providing maintenance (bug/security) fixes to CS6 and refreshing Camera Raw through July 2015, over 3 years after CS6 came out – but then finally discontinued support in order to evolve the platform and pursue further innovations in image processing and workflow technology.

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