Adobe has announced a significant update to Adobe® Creative Cloud™, the company’s flagship offering for creatives. The update includes rebranded “CC” versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Premiere Pro that represent the next generation of the desktop applications formerly known as Creative Suite (CS). These CC versions will be available exclusively to Creative Cloud Members.
The update, which is expected to be available in June, includes enhanced services for building and powering websites, mobile apps, tablet publications, online portfolios, and content for virtually any medium and device. Creative Cloud users can store, sync, and share creative files on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android devices. Plus, on the integrated Behance online creative community, Creative Cloud users can showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure.
“Creative Cloud brings together everything you need to create your best work. We’re delivering incredible new versions of our desktop tools, services that take publishing content to the next level and we’re making it easier than ever for creatives to collaborate and share their work worldwide,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media, Adobe. “Creative Cloud is a destination that champions inspiring work and builds lasting connections within a vibrant global creative community.”
Frictionless Creative Workflows
This milestone update to Creative Cloud is designed to simplify the entire creative process. Core features include:
Desktop, Web and Mobile Access. Creative Cloud allows users to stay connected with workgroups and the creative community via their desktop, website, or mobile device. With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world gets its own centralized hub where ideas, files, fonts, settings, notifications, and team members are connected and organized. Join group folders to work collaboratively; track updates and comments to shared files; stay connected to work on Behance; get notified when app updates are available and download the latest updates; and access favorite colors, fonts and settings, wherever you are.
Integration With The World’s Leading Creative Community. With Behance now integrated with Creative Cloud, members will be able to publish their own portfolios, follow other creatives, publish work-in-progress from within a growing number of CC apps and solicit feedback from the worldwide creative community. Over 1.4 million creatives globally are part of the Behance network.
Synchronize, Store, Share and Collaborate. All files and assets will be automatically synchronized between the desktop, cloud and mobile devices. A designer can take a photo on an iPad, use Photoshop® Touch to refine the photo while on the go, then access that file, via the cloud, and use Photoshop CC on their Mac or Windows PC to further enhance the image. Designers can designate shared folders and invite others to collaborate on files. Edits are stored with version history so users can share their files with confidence. Individual members receive 20GB of storage.
Seamless Publishing. Creative Cloud members have access to the services necessary to publish highly personalized portfolio websites using Behance ProSite, high-impact digital magazines for iPad using Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) Single Edition, and PhoneGap™ Build to create and publish mobile apps for any device. Adobe Typekit features an unmatched library of old-classic to new-favorite fonts for use on websites – and, with this update, creatives can use many of these same fonts directly in their desktop applications.
New Family of CC Desktop Apps
This update to Creative Cloud includes the next generation of Adobe desktop applications — including Adobe Photoshop CC, InDesign® CC, Illustrator® CC, Dreamweaver® CC and Premiere® Pro CC. Each of these tools has been reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating professional-grade content for print, web, mobile apps, video, and photography. Hundreds of new features are included in these latest versions of Adobe’s desktop tools.
PhotoshopCC will ship with new sharpening technologies and designer workflow enhancements. Camera Shake Reduction deblurs images that would have otherwise been lost due to camera movement. All-new Smart Sharpen makes texture and detail pop, and Adobe Camera Raw 8 adds even more powerful photographic controls to straighten and perfect images. Photoshop CC is the first Adobe desktop application to include the ability to post files directly to Behance from within the application, showcasing work immediately and integrating peer feedback into the creative process.
IllustratorCC includes a Touch Type tool that gives designers a new level of creativity with type. Move, scale, and rotate text characters knowing that it remains editable. This feature works with a mouse, stylus or multi-touch device. Illustrator also enables painting with a brush made from a photo. Art, Pattern, and Scatter brushes can contain raster images, so designers can create complex organic designs quickly, with simple brush strokes.
Adobe Muse CC, a tool that enables designers to create and publish HTML websites without writing code, allows clients to make edits to a published website. These edits can then be reviewed, approved, and updated by the designer
AdobePremiereProCC includes new editing features, customizations and improvements to help editors work efficiently. Premiere Pro CC integrates powerful color workflows, with the addition of the Lumetri™ Deep Color Engine to easily apply rich color grading looks.
Adobe After Effects® CC brings more creative possibilities to motion graphics and visual effects artists. Users can work more easily in 3D with the new Live 3D Pipeline with Maxon Cinema4D integration. There are also all-new versions of Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Audition® CC, Prelude™ CC and Adobe Story CC Plus.
Adobe is also previewing a new workflow from Photoshop CC to Edge Reflow CC that will enable creatives to build web designs in Photoshop that can easily be turned into responsive web sites.
DreamweaverCC users can look forward to the most up-to-date CSS and properties via the intuitive visual editing tool, CSS Designer. And Adobe Flash® Pro CC features a modern, modular 64-bit architecture rebuilt from the ground up to be fast and reliable.
Although the updates won’t be available until June, Adobe is encouraging creatives to sign up for Creative Cloud now so they can be prepared to download the latest innovations as soon as they are available. Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership. Existing customers who own CS3 to CS5.5 get their first year of Creative Cloud at the discounted rate of US $29.99 per month.
Students and teachers can get Creative Cloud for $29.99 per month. Promotional pricing is available for some customers, including CS6 users. Subscription plans are also available for teams, enterprises, educational institutions, and governments.