Adobe CS6 Downpour Begins
Today Adobe took the wraps off its upcoming Creative Suite 6 applications and, perhaps more significantly, its new Creative Cloud subscription service.
Creative Suite 6
In addition to upgrading all individual point products (except Acrobat and Flash Builder that will revved at a later date), the company also unveiled new suite line-ups: Design & Web Premium($1,899, upgrade $399), which combines Adobe's two most popular suite packages into one; http://Production Premium ($1,899; upgrade $399), which targets video producers; and Master Collection($2,599), that contains all Creative Suite applications. For those whose focus is print publishing, Design Standard ($1,299, upgrade $299) contains InDesign, Photoshop Standard, Illustrator, and Acrobat Pro X.
Users of CS5/5.5, CS4, and CS3 are eligible for upgrades, although the latter two are subject to a limited-time offer.
This week creativepro.com will feature first looks at three key CS applications: InDesign CS6, Illustrator CS6, and Photoshop CS6. First looks of other CS6 applications for creativepro.com readers will follow. Reviews of these applications will be published when Adobe releases the final products.
The CS6 introductions are being held in conjunction with the launch of the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription service. Adobe floated a trial balloon for the Creative Cloud service last year when it offered a subscription service for Creative Suite CS 5.5.
Now the Web-based application-as-service model has been officially launched. Creative Cloud gives subscribers access to software and services anytime and anywhere there is an Internet connection. Updated applications are available immediately to Cloud subscribers, and new tools designed specifically for Web-based deployment, like Adobe Muse and Adobe Edge, are only available through the service. Creative assets can also be stored and shared via the Cloud making it possible to access files through tablets and smartphones.
A Creative Cloud subscription is $50 per month when purchased with a one-year contract. Month-to-month access is $75 per month.
However, current registered owners of CS3 and above can take advantage of an introductory offer and subscribe for $30 per month with a one-year contract.
Keep watching creativepro.com for more CS6 and Creative Cloud developments. d