Last week at the annual MAX conference, Adobe launched the new 2022 release of Creative Cloud – and customers want to know what’s new, what’s different, and what’s changed between CC 2022 and the previous releases. In other words, what are the key new features and advancements in the 2022 upgrade versus prior versions?
With the new release, everyone is entitled to either a free update or a free trial for 7 days. Ongoing access to these tools requires a Creative Cloud membership (either for one app or for all), with discounts available for education customers. Adobe says if you look at all of changes since CS6 to the current CC 2022 release, there have been thousands of significant updates – meaning new and enhanced features, added capabilities, and performance improvements – to the key creative applications.
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There are now 21 desktop applications included in Creative Cloud: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Acrobat DC, Adobe XD, Dimension, Animate, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, After Effects, Audition, Character Animator, Media Encoder, Prelude, Bridge, Camera Raw, Lightroom and Lightroom Classic. Almost all of the apps received full upgrades (more below).
In addition, Adobe is unveiling other innovations. There’s now the real Photoshop and Illustrator actually running in a web browser, online collaboration and virtual whiteboarding using Spaces and Canvas, new content attribution capabilities via the Content Authenticity Initiative, and batch automation of repetitive imaging tasks using Project Aspen. Please see the table below for what’s new in each Creative Cloud tool.
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Other top tools and services continue to be included in Creative Cloud 2022 as well, such as Adobe Fonts with over 20,000 premium fonts for unlimited use (a $100/year value), 1,000+ creative brushes from award-winning illustrator Kyle T. Webster, your own Adobe Portfolio website, plus Behance to showcase (and even sell) your work and talents online.
If you want to try any of the CC apps out, then just sign up for a free level of Creative Cloud membership to gain access. For learning how to best use the products, there are plenty of free tutorial videos, and even dozens of completely free books that you can download for all of the most popular applications. And don’t forget that all products include ongoing upgrades at no extra cost, so you can always be running the latest and greatest versions.
Feature Comparison: Creative Cloud 2022 vs. Previous Releases
So here they are, the feature breakouts by individual product – what’s new including version comparisons and differences between Creative Cloud 2022 vs. the 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, and CS6 releases:
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The System Requirements Have Evolved
You should also know that the minimum system requirements have changed meaningfully both 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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