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What Is New Adobe Acrobat “DC” – and the Document Cloud?

March 24th, 2015 170 comments
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Introducing the All-New Adobe Acrobat DC with Document Cloud

It’s been quite some time since the last release of Adobe Acrobat – it’s Acrobat XI, which shipped in October 2012 – so we’ve been eagerly awaiting to see what the next major version of this core product line would bring…

And now, we finally have some answers, announced by Adobe not as “Acrobat XII” or “Acrobat 12” – but as Acrobat DC, where “DC” stands for Document Cloud.

The Adobe “Document Cloud”? What does that mean? Is this the same brand of Acrobat toolset that we know and love, and use daily? Are there still Pro and Standard desktop tools, and perpetual licenses? Or is this a new type of web-based application or service that we can only use online, or via subscription?

Not to worry. Everything is as you want, only better. It looks like this long wait for Acrobat DC was actually worth it… This is Acrobat XII or 12, only raised to the next level.

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When is Adobe Acrobat XII (v. 12) Coming Out, and What’s New?

October 31st, 2014 24 comments
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What Do You Want to See in Acrobat XII? (Version 12)

[UPDATE (April 2015) – The next major release of Adobe Acrobat – the new Acrobat DC – is now shipping… Download a free trial!]

It’s been a while now since Acrobat XI was released, and considering Adobe usually runs on two-year release schedules for this product, give or take, what does this imply for when Acrobat XII (Pro/Standard/Reader version 12) will be coming out?

Ordinarily, our best estimate would be simply to go with the release dates for the past few major revisions of Acrobat and then extrapolate.

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Compare: Differences Between Photoshop Elements 13 vs. 12 vs. 11

October 3rd, 2014 106 comments
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It’s that time of year. Early each fall, Adobe launches a new version of Photoshop Elements, and this year is no exception… Last week the company introduced Photoshop Elements 13 (with brand new free trials to download), and one of the common upgrade questions we see is what’s new, what’s different, and what’s improved in version 13 compared to the previous Elements 12?  Or more essentially, what are the key new features in PSE 13, versus PSE 12 or 11?

What's New in Photoshop Elements 13?

The bottom line is you probably want to know what’s changed since the last release (or two) – but how about a version-by-version, feature-by-feature table? You’ll find this down below (or take a shortcut here), but first let’s take a quick look at some of the major additions.

First off, on two things folks often ask about:  Is Photoshop Elements 13 available a native 64-bit application on Windows (as Photoshop CC 2014 is), and does it offer improved 16-bit imaging function­ality compared to earlier versions?  The answers are: PSE 13 is now available for the first time in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions for Windows systems (and continues as 64-bit-only for Mac), and 16 bits-per-pixel image support is only slightly better than in PSE 12 – meaning you can open 16-bit files, convert to 16-bit color depth in ACR, do basic edits, but there is still no 16-bit support for layers, many artistic filters, and so on.

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What’s New in Adobe CC 2014? Lower Prices, More & Better Apps

September 23rd, 2014 2 comments
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Check Out the New 'Creative Cloud Learn' Center - with Hundreds of Free, High-Quality Tutorials

[UPDATE (Oct. 2018) – The all-new Adobe CC 2019 release has launched and is now available! See what’s new in features and all the differences compared to older versions and CS6.]

When readers ask us, “What’s new in the Adobe CC 2014 release?” – they usually mean what’s been added in terms of product features and improvements compared to previous versions such as CC 2013 or CS6.

And for the most part, we’ve answered that question in our prior article here:

 » What Are the Differences Between Adobe CC 2014 vs. CS6, CS5, CS4, CS3?

But there’s a larger picture as well – in terms of what’s going on with pricing and what’s included with the different Creative Cloud plans, and whether/how Adobe is keeping its promise to evolve and bring new innovation to CC subscribers. So we’re going to try to tackle that here.

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All Adobe CC 2014 Updates: The Direct Download Links for Windows

August 4th, 2014 230 comments
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Download New Adobe CC 2014 Now! (Try or Buy)

[UPDATE (July 2015) – These still work to download updates for last year’s CC 2014 release… However we also now have direct links for the new CC 2015 product updates.]

Important! On this page you’ll find all the updates to CC 2014 (on Windows), since its initial launch in June 2014.  If you need to install the full products themselves, then please see our CC 2014 download links first.

One of the main benefits of the Adobe CC 2014 release is receiving an ongoing stream of product updates at no extra cost… No longer do we have to wait 1-2 years for our tools to innovate and keep pace with evolving technologies; instead we get the latest and greatest features and enhance­ments as soon as they are ready.

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All Adobe CC 2014 Updates: The Direct Download Links for Mac OS

August 4th, 2014 191 comments
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Download New Adobe CC 2014 Now! (Try or Buy)

[UPDATE (July 2015) – These still work to download updates for last year’s CC 2014 release… However we also now have direct links for the new CC 2015 product updates.]

Important! On this page you’ll find all the updates to CC 2014 (on Mac OS), since its initial launch in June 2014.  If you need to install the full products themselves, then please see our CC 2014 download links first.

One of the main benefits of the Adobe CC 2014 release is receiving an ongoing stream of product updates at no extra cost… No longer do we have to wait 1-2 years for our tools to innovate and keep pace with evolving technologies; instead we get the latest and greatest features and enhance­ments as soon as they are ready.

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The New Adobe CC 2014 Release Is Here – What You Need to Know

June 18th, 2014 19 comments
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Download the New 2014 Release of Creative Cloud Now! (Try or Buy) Get Hundreds of New Features in All the Apps

[UPDATE (Oct. 2018) – The all-new Adobe CC 2019 release has launched and is now available! See what’s new in features and all the differences compared to older versions and CS6.]

BREAKING NEWS (New York) — Adobe has just announced the immediate availability of the all-new CC 2014 release, with hundreds of new features and enhancements across their creative product line (all tools) focusing on workflow, performance, and connectivity.  In this fast-paced and rapidly evolving world of technology and platforms, CC 2014 succeeds the CC 2013 version which launched last June, which in turn replaced CS6 from 2012. So thinking in the old terms, this would roughly be equivalent to CS8 (and more).

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Announcing the 2014 Release of Adobe Creative Cloud – Live Event!

May 20th, 2014 4 comments
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Sign Up for the Free Online Adobe CC 2014 Launch Event!

BREAKING NEWS — This just out from Adobe:

The 2014 release of Creative Cloud is coming: Watch the keynote live online.

On June 18th at 1pm ET, see the next evolution of Creative Cloud. All-new desktop and mobile apps, new creative hardware, hundreds of new features and other surprises – all designed to accelerate your creativity and make everything you do every day easier and faster.

Watch the free keynote live on June 18th:  Catch the replay.

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What’s New & Upgraded in Adobe CC Since Its Initial June Launch?

April 24th, 2014 5 comments
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All Adobe CC Free Upgrades Included Since Initial Launch in June 2013

When comparing Creative Cloud to the older Creative Suite model, one of the promises of CC is an ongoing stream of product updates that comes included with every membership. Paying extra for upgrades is a thing of the past because your tools are always up-to-date with the latest-and-greatest versions – instantly as soon as the download is available, or whenever you want it to happen…

So, after a long history of monolithic 18-24 month product cycles, how is the company now adapt­ing and delivering on this new rapid refresh model in this time of fast-paced techno­logical changes?

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Creative Cloud (CC) or Adobe CS6 – Which Should You Buy?

March 14th, 2014 295 comments
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[UPDATE (Jan. 2017) – Adobe just stopped selling CS6 entirely – here’s why.]

When Creative Suite 6 arrived in 2012, there came with it a new way to buy Adobe software that the world had not seen before: the Creative Cloud.  Traditionally, most Adobe products had only been sold with “perpetual” licensing that doesn’t expire. The flip side is that these best-in-class tools often come with a steep price tag that is out of reach for many folks – though there have always been substantial discounts when upgrading from recent older releases, plus much lower pricing for some market segments like students and teachers

Trying to Decide Between? Read the Reviews Creative Cloud Has Been Getting from Customers

When Creative Cloud first entered the scene, there was (and still is) some uncertainty about what it meant and where it was going… But despite that skepticism, the Cloud has since gained strong adoption to become the company’s dominant product line with most customers choosing it over CS6, which Adobe still continues to sell for people who want it.  With Creative Cloud you receive the newer “CC” release that succeeds CS6 as the latest and greatest toolset, and generally gets high ratings from users.

Related: Compare Features – What’s New in Adobe CC vs. CS6?

Adobe CC is available only via a subscription model which, yes, is cloud-based in some ways – but the name has been called confusing and misconceptions abound because in fact the major applications are not online or web-based, but still run locally on your computer as before.  What’s more, the company has been clear that powerful tools like Photoshop may add some online capabilities but will never run completely in the cloud.

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