Adobe releases huge update to Creative Cloud, adds new hardware, mobile apps

Digital Trends by Les Shu

Adobe has announced a significant upgrade to its Creative Cloud platform, which the company says it’s its largest software release since Creative Suite 6 (CS6). CC 2014 (Adobe has also instituted a new naming convention, based on the year of release) will include 14 new versions of its desktop software, which includes popular Adobe programs Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Premiere Pro; four mobile-specific apps that tie into desktop workflows; new services (including a permanent $10-a-month Photography Plan; and the official availability of Adobe’s new digital pen and ruler hardware.

If you haven’t heard, Adobe transitioned to a subscription model where users pay a monthly fee to use the software, as oppose to buying expensive boxed sets. The new software is also based around a cloud platform, which allows you to continue your workflow wherever you may be, since your files are stored on the cloud; start a project on your desktop at work, continue it on your iPad while on the road, and finish it when you get home. (You will need access to the Internet, however, but there are things you can download beforehand to work offline, and your files are synced back to the cloud when you’re back online.) There’s also a focus on non-destructive workflows, so that you can always go back to your original, regardless of what device you’re using, or where you’re using it.

There are various pricing levels, but for photographers Adobe is introducing the Photography Plan, which gives full access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, regardless of skill level. Adobe had offered limited-time special pricing in the past, but this plan, which costs $10 a month, makes it permanent.

Adobe is also overhauling its website for a new experience. Besides finding out about all the apps, all in one place, and downloading the latest updates, you can now view your files stored on the cloud and do some basic management via the browser. You can also invite others to view files even if they don’t have access to the software you created them in, which is great for designers who are working on projects for clients. Think of it as a one-stop shop where, once logged in, you’ll have seamless access across all programs, as well as the creative community on read more...

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