You may have heard the news already but if you haven’t, Adobe apps will only be available from the cloud starting in June with the release of new versions of its apps. Here at Create Photographics I have been using Adobe apps via a subscription for several months now. At first I was a bit skeptical when I saw the subscriptions being offer months ago. After using the service for a while now, I’m all for it. I have the full Creative Cloud subscription which means I can use as many of the Creative Suite apps as I want to, for as long as I want to, as long as I keep my subscription up to date.
As a CS3 owner I went to the Creative Cloud for $29.99 per month and I can download all that Adobe has to offer ($29.99 per month for the first year and then $49.99 per month there after). If you don’t need the full Creative Suite of apps then you can choose only those you need at $9.99 per month per individual app. You can even put your subscription on hold if you know that your are not going to be needing it for a while. Say you are like me and probably won’t be buying another laptop, when you travel and are away from your computer, you can save a few bucks by putting your subscription on hold.
Another great thing for those who use PCs in one place and Macs in another, you can have one subscription and use the all the apps on both computers! All you need to do is sign into your Creative Cloud account and download the apps. You can use your Creative Cloud subscription on two computers as long as both computers are running the same apps at the same time. The apps stay on your computer, not “in the cloud” and you don’t have to be online to use the apps.
Until recently Lightroom 4 was not part of the Creative Cloud. Now that it is, its great for photographers that use both Lightroom and Photoshop. No need to purchase both apps plus you get the latest updates as soon as they are ready. I know there will be a lot of discussion about Adobe’s move to Creative Cloud exclusively but for me, I’m all for it!