Adobe abandons Creative Suite for the Creative Cloud Suite; we look at the pros and cons
After a decade and six versions since first launching Creative Suite, Adobe has abandoned its flagship retail software in favor of its Creative cloud pay-as-you go model. I have made some researches on this subject for you, I collect information for professional website and lblog because actually this is a big BUZZ… here we go.
Creative Cloud is Adobe’s subscription model for software (including such staples as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, InDesign and Lightroom) which has been available to customers since last year. It’s not a full cloud service, the software is installed locally on the user’s computer – instead it’s more of a digital rights management (DRM) system, which requires the user to log online at least once a month to confirm they have a valid subscription to continue using the software.
Why leaving Creative suite?
For the past years, Adobe has considered issue of clients who perpetually complains about the license price of products. Sincerely Adobe’s pricing structure is not in the advantage of customers – though there have always been discounts when upgrading from recent older releases, plus much lower pricing for some market segments like students and teachers…
It is true that the Creative Cloud,reduces this barrier as Users no longer have to pay for a full license up front. They can now subscribe to individual applications like Photoshop for just $19.99 per month or purchase a subscription to the full creative cloud, which includes all of Adobe’s Creative Suite apps, and more, for just $49.99 per month. This means users can now choose the option that works best for them. They can pay for a license up front, or choose to spread out the payments over time.
The Creative Cloud offering contains all applications that are part of Creative Suite 6 (the entire Master Collection), as well as others like Lightroom, Adobe Muse, Adobe Edge, plus a host of professional publishing services for getting your work out there. It also can offer more recent versions than the packaged CS6 suites do – for example, Acrobat XI Pro which was released in October (instead of Acrobat X) and Photoshop CS6.1 from last month. Most of these components do not run over the network – they download and install on your system desktop just like normal, and only need to be connected to the Internet once per month for membership revalidation… In other words, you are not ever running your Photoshop remotely – it works just the same as it always has, running locally (and fast) on your desktop.
Cloud-only improvements for Photoshop users include a new tool to eliminate blurring from shaky-handed camera operators, an “Intelligent Unsampling” system to turn low-res images into higher–res versions, and a claimed 100x faster response time for painting 3D objects and textures. Illustrator is getting a tweak with the addition of bitmap brushes and a Touch Type Tool, and AfterEffects users also get new goodies.
Adobe is also going to roll out new social and management tools with the Creative Cloud system. Group working, messaging, and social networking from acquisition Behance are all going to be included in the cloud package. But Wadhwani also showed off three software and hardware research project to woo publishers and gadget geeks to the cloud.
On linkedin, professionals are devised , because some of them expected that Adobe will come with a new CS for Box customers, but others praise the way Adobe announce the CC. Like Lar Matré (Professional Photo Compositing and Retouching) said; “Does your current CS version do everything you need it to do? If you feel you’ve got money to burn, then maybe investing in a nice large Wacom tablet, more memory, or some other goodies to get more out of what you’ve got. But bottom line, I’m not changing a thing until I absolutely must. I’m on CS5 and it does everything I need it to do.”
Reaction on the blogotweetosphere is most kindly put as apprehensive and understandably people and businesses are worried about change to such core part of their businesses. I’ve put together a few of the pros and cons of Adobe’s new strategy, feel free to voice your own in the comments section below.
• Creative Cloud isn’t a hosted in the cloud – the software is installed locally on your device and doesn’t require an always-on internet connection to use.
• The cloud component includes online storage, access to Behance designer portfolios, font discovery and syncing of files across computers.
• Adobe says it will have more regular updates to its software instead of packaging them up for full version releases every 18 or so months.
• The pricing is easier to swallow for many, with a monthly fee instead of an upfront cost of $2000-$3500.
• The software can be installed in more than one location as long as only one instance is used at a time.
• It’s easier to setup new users in your company with access to Adobe software an in the same token remove their access through the cloud.
• You no longer own the software you’re paying for, instead you’re merely renting the privilege of continual use.
• If your subscription lapses you have about a month to resubscribe or risk losing access to your work. With the previous CS software you could always open up your files even if you couldn’t afford the latest version.
• You need to have an internet connection at least once a month.
• While the monthly cost seems trivial in comparison to the large upfront cost of buying CS, many small businesses prefer to pick and choose upgrade years instead of paying a monthly expense.
• Outages in Adobe’s servers might affect your ability to confirm you have a valid subscription, affecting your ability to work.
I see that in this way of the clouds will create some unemployment in companies who resell its products. As now anywhere you are in the world you will have no need to go to any Adobe agency. GO online and subscribe. Also, this creates a reductive feeling that this subscription is talking all my money, it even appears as a loan stick to you. For fresh Freelancers, you may not want to start business with a loan of 20$ attach to you as the competition is rude on the market. I personally use trial version with some cracks but still I may think using the CS6 suite for the next 2yrs. But, as an ACE, I may think a plan because the new exams of Adobe will be based on the Creative Cloud suite
Adobe says: “The new version‘s release date has not been announced, but there is a great way to get yourself to the front of the line. If you join Creative Cloud now, you will immedi¬ately receive the entire stable of currently shipping CS6 applications AND you will automatically receive the new versions of all your favorite Adobe applications as soon as they are available.”