Creative Cloud product has caused some confusion in people’s minds. They think they are buying a service like Google Docs that STAYS in the cloud. Not true. Photoshop stays on your computer, not in the cloud. These are not web-based apps. But unlike the old days when you had to pay big bucks to access EVERYTHING Adobe offered, now it’s just all part of the package. For as little as $30 a month (For existing Adobe CS customers) you can have all the programs. People who are new to Adobe pay $49.99 a month if you commit to the one-year plan. If you want to sign up for a month-to-month plan, it costs $74.99 per month. If you just need Photoshop, Adobe is offering a subscription for point products as well. You can get individual products like Photoshop CS6 or Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 for US$19.99 a month for an annual contract.
Bottom line is that Creative Cloud is merely a software subscription, not a cloud-based solution. It allows Adobe to streamline the update process, doing away with the artificially – imposed 18 month cycle. It also allows people to pay for what they use. You can buy a one-month subscription or a yearly subscription. You don’t have to plunk down any deposit or buy-in fee. The cost of ownership is spread out so you don’t get a big hit to your budget all at once.
Other myths about Creative Cloud include the notion that you have to be connected to the Internet to use CS products purchased via Creative Cloud. Not true at all. You can work off-line as you always did. Adobe merely checks once a month to make sure your subscription is active. They aren’t stealing your data. They’re looking for a security token that says – “Yep I am legal.”
The list of software you get for the money is mind-boggling. Here’s what I get with my Creative Cloud membership.
• Photoshop CS6 (graphics editing program)
• Lightroom 4.3 (is a photography software program)
• After Effects CS6 (digital motion graphics and compositing software)
• Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Family (timeline-based video editing software)
• InDesign CS6 (create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books)
• Flash Professional CS6 (create flash games, videos, etc.)
• Illustrator CS6 (vector graphics editor)
• Firewords CS6 (bitmap and vector graphics editor)
• Muse (allowing designers to create websites without having to write any code)
• Dreamweaver CS6 (web development application)
• Audition CS6 (digital audio workstation)
• SpeedGrade CS6 (color correction and color grading software)
• Prelude CS6 (to manage your footage, metadata, and comments in one place)
• Flash Builder Mobile (to build flash for mobile)
• Edge Animate (web development tool )
• Adobe Acrobat XI Pro (view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format (PDF))
• Creative Cloud Connetion
• Touch App Plugins
…And a handy application manager that helps you keep track of what you’ve downloaded and what you haven’t. You also get automatic notice up updates. And here is where Creative Cloud shines.
Recently, Adobe added more than a dozen new features for their Creative Cloud customers. If you buy DVD’s and upgrade every 18 months on the old cycle YOU WILL NOT GET THESE FEATURES – they won’t be available to you until the next update. But if you are a Creative Cloud customer they come to you free, and right now.
I think that Creative Cloud is good for people who use the products occasionally like every other week or monthly. This is probably not the way to go if you use it daily or weekly and for the person who always gets the latest.