If you use a number of Adobe products, a new service may appeal to you. Adobe is now offering Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition, Acrobat X Professional, Adobe Business Catalyst, Adobe Edge, Adobe Muse, Adobe Story Plus, Adobe Typekit, and the Adobe Touch Apps as a cloud-based service for a monthly fee. Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition will also be added soon, allowing you to be able to deliver digital publications to the iPad. Desktop applications included with your monthly membership are available in both Macintosh OS and Windows versions.
The monthly fee for Adobe Creative Cloud is expensive at $49.99 per month. However, current Adobe Creative Suite customers may upgrade to the cloud-based service for $29.99 per month for the first year with the price increasing to $49.99 starting in the second year. That sounds like a lot of money but, for some users, those prices will actually be cheaper than purchasing all these products separately as traditional programs. Anyone who has purchased Adobe products in the past already knows that these products are powerful, but expensive. If you use several Adobe products, this is a very good deal. Best of all, the monthly subscription includes upgrades to all new versions immediately upon release.
While Adobe Creative Cloud is available in the cloud, the programs themselves do not run from the online service. Instead, you can download the applications and install them on your Windows or Macintosh computer in the same manner as always. The new Adobe Creative Cloud is "cloud based" only in that it uses the cloud to distribute the programs and updates. Once installed, the programs all run from your local hard drive, as always. All the programs are bundled together at a price that is cheaper than purchasing the applications separately.
Note that Adobe InDesign Server CS6 and InCopy CS6 are not included in Creative Cloud. You can learn more at http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html.
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