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)
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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?
What exactly do I get with my subscription?
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.