Adobe Creative Cloud Guide

In May of 2013, Adobe walked away from selling boxed-versions of software and moved exclusively to selling subscriptions to software such as Photoshop and InDesign. What does that mean for you?

What is Creative Cloud?

Adobe’s Creative Cloud, CC replaces the old model of Adobe “CS.” Users pay a monthly fee to access Adobe’s entire software library, cloud storage and more. You are able to install the software on 2 computers, Mac or Windows.

  • Full versions of the Adobe desktop applications: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and more
  • Services to help create mobile-ready websites, content and apps
  • 20GB of cloud storage
  • Access to Béhance ProSite for portfolio development and hosting
  • 1 Year commitment billed monthly (yearly billing also available)
Guide to Adobe's Creative Cloud Software

Guide to Adobe’s Creative Cloud Software

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I use Photoshop, does that mean Photoshop is “in the cloud” like Google Docs?

No. The software is installed on your computer, but a license check is performed every 30 days. Photoshop and your files reside on your hard drive, just like before. You will need internet the first time you install CC.

If I cancel my subscription, do I lose my files?

No. You will need to make sure you save your files as compatible formats with earlier versions.

What exactly do I get with my subscription?

Acrobat Professional
After Effects
Digital Publishing Suite (DPS)
Edge Animate
Edge Inspect & Edge Code
Edge Reflow
Edge Web Fonts
Flash Professional
PhoneGap Build
Photoshop Touch
Premiere Pro
Speed Grade
20 GB Cloud Storage
Béhance Online Portfolio
Adobe Typekit

Any other benefits?

This is a big change for those in creative communities. One real benefit is that this model helps facilitate team-based workflows. If you have multiple people working at an organization, Team Licenses is the way to go. Team licenses give management the ability to add users, transfer software to a different user, or revoke licenses. So if someone quits, it’s very easy to transfer their license to the replacement employee.


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Quark 8 Chases Adobe InDesign

QuarkXPress is doing everything it can to regain its’ luster from the early days of the 90’s. A snappy new website, a new Quark Version 8 with the gun directly aimed atInDesign–but are any of these things enough to pull users away from Adobe?

Quark 8 has added Bézier curves, a Picture Content Tool for scaling and cropping pixel-based images, and a polished new interface. In addition, the new version has more “Standard”keyboard shortcuts designed to reach those that are familiar with the shortcutsfrom other programs. They have even added web features such as SWF authoringand export to HTML and PDF.


While these things all sound good on paper, some of remember the release of QuarkImmedia which was supposed to be the revolutionary way for Quark users to publish to the web in a “truecross-media solution.” I can tell you personally that sitting in on a demo ofthis in 1998 still hurts my brain. Moving print to the web has never been aneasy task, and Quark does not have a solid track record in this area. Quark has been the veritable one-trick pony for a long time, and deviating from the publishing arena with QuarkImmedia was truly the beginning of the end. We mustask ourselves if we were saddled with Quark 3 for so long because all energy was spent on moving towards the web?

Another stumbling block is that younger users have never even heard of Quark, let alone used it. Adobe has invested a vast amount of time, money and energy into reaching younger-audiences, such as the Adobe Interactive Video Wall to promote the Creative License campaign. People were able to interact with a slider on the wall tochange the video montage in front of them, which lended itself to the hip image and culture that Adobe has achieved.  Adobe Video Wall.

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In the early days of InDesign, it was the end user pushing for the move. Now, it has also become an accounting decision. To buy Photoshop and Illustrator separately totals $1248.To buy the Creative Suite (CS3) is $1199 that includes both Acrobat and InDesign. Quark expenditures on the corporate level are being denied partially because of the attitude of “You have InDesign on your computer already, why are we spending $799 for a full version, or $299 for an upgrade?”

While the changes in Quark 8 are commendable, the publishing ship has sailed, and InDesign has left Quark far behind. But we also said the same thing when Quark took over from Pagemaker…

– Jori Curry 

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