Creative Cloud, a new cloud-based subscription service, grants access to all tools of Adobe Creative Suite 6 at a much more tenable price instead of a one-off cost per program. The cloud service involves not only purchasing software, but also offers immediate access to new software versions, new technologies, and eventually community activities such as support, and training. This Creative Cloud includes Adobe staples such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.
Subscribers to the Creative Cloud will also gain access to products focusing on HTML5 web design, such as Adobe Muse, and 20GB of cloud storage which can be used to save projects. The storage can be accessed from other Adobe software or viewed via a web browser. Also there are some flexible options to take advantage of. For instance, if you are a business owner, want predictable expenses and always want access to the latest version. You hire temporary workers or need access to our applications on a project by project basis. Or you’re a new user or are starting a business and don’t want to invest up front in a traditional perpetual license. These licenses also allow for the following:
- Cross Platform License - Access to both the Mac OS and Windows versions of the desktop applications and the ability to install them on your primary computer and one backup computer.
- Multi-Language License - Access to any language version in which the CS6 and other desktop applications are available. Unlike owning the traditional licensed version of a Creative Suite product, Creative Cloud membership gives you the freedom and flexibility to choose whichever language works best for you in any given application.
Signing up for Creative Cloud costs as little as $49.99 per month, but you only receive that rate if you choose an annual membership. Customers looking for a month-to-month subscription will have to pay $74.99. Anyone owning Creative Suite 3 or newer can sign up for $29.99, but that also is an annual rate and is only valid for the first year.
The name implies that the software is hosted online, but that’s not the case. Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers install the same software as everyone else and don’t need to be online to use it. Adobe only requires authentication once every thirty days.