Last Monday, Adobe announced at MAX that it would no longer release a “Creative Suite” set, but would move forward focusing on Creative Cloud only. As you can imagine, social media and blogs went crazy with information, thoughts and opinions. C2 is here to help you understand Creative Cloud, available June 17th, and answer your questions about this change in your workflow.
Is my software in “The Cloud?” Adobe announced earlier this spring that it would be going to a “download only” digital format for the software, i.e. no more boxes. The CC subscription is the same format. You will need to be online when you install and license your software. The application itself will be stored on your local machine. If you have an annual membership, you’ll be asked to connect to the web to validate your software license every 30 days.
Will I need separate accounts for my Mac and Windows machines? One of the great benefits of Creative Cloud is that you can download and install on two machines – your primary and backup. The best part? It can mix Mac and Windows versions within the two. Need to install it on a third? First deactivate one of your machines and then activate on a new machine.
Is this more expensive? This is the BIG question! Here is the pricing structure based on the information currently available from Adobe:
If you purchase by July 31st, Creative Cloud upgrade for existing CS6 users is $19.99/month or $240 annually for the first year. After July 31st, pricing is $49.99/month or $600 annually.
If you purchase by July 31st, Creative Cloud upgrade for CS3-5 users is $29.99/month or $340 annually for the first year. After July 31st, pricing is $49.99/month or $600 annually.
The full upgrade price from the CS5 to CS6 Master Collection was $1,049. If you do the math, using the normal Adobe 18-month product cycle, the current special pricing would be only $540 – half the price of the standard perpetual license.
For new (or pre-CS3 users), Cloud pricing is $49.99 month. That’s a lot less expensive than the full price of $2,600 for the entire CS6 collection.
(Note: all pricing here is based on Adobe’s annual commitment plans. Month-to-month plans with no commitment are available at a higher monthly price.)
Do I have to get the entire Master Collection? First, if you do subscribe to the entire Creative Cloud, you choose what you want to download. I, for instance, do not have any of the video apps on my laptop. But if I need them, they are only a download away, included in my licensing fee.
If you only want a single product, say InDesign, there is a solution for you called “Single App.” It’s currently available until July 31st for CS3-6 users at $9.99/month for the first year. After July 31st, the price will be $19.99/month.
Do I have to subscribe to Creative Cloud right now? Adobe will still offer a CS6 perpetual license indefinitely until the OS no longer supports it. If you have CS6, keep it. If you have something earlier you can still upgrade to CS6 and stop.
If I quit the Cloud, are my files gone? Your files will be right where you left them if you stored them on your server, your desktop or your drives. Once you cancel your subscription, you have a 90-day grace period to remove any files in your Cloud storage and back them up on a separate storage device/machine. Just remember, without an active license, you will not be able to open those files.
With all the information going around the interwebs, it can be very confusing. C2 is here to help! To this end, we will be hosting a Creative Cloud Launch: All Your Questions Answered session coming up in June. We’re working on getting a representative from Adobe to attend, who along with C2 instructors, will help you make this transition as seamless as possible. Keep your eyes peeled for the invite as we expect standing room only for this event!
Please check with Adobe for their most current info:
Adobe Creative Cloud Overview
Adobe Creative Cloud Pricing
Adobe Creative Cloud Early Upgrade Pricing
Adobe Creative Cloud FAQ’s