The buzz word this year is “The Cloud” and Adobe have done their bit adding another couple of oktas, by releasing Adobe Creative Cloud CS6.
In Adobe’s own words…”Adobe Creative Cloud is the digital hub that lets you download and install every Adobe Creative Suite 6 application; access online services for file sharing, collaboration, and publishing; and benefit from new apps and features as soon as they’re released — giving you the freedom to create anything you can imagine.”
How does it work?
Adobe Cloud works on a subscription model. If you sign up for a year, you get it at the monthly cost of £46.88 or if you just pay on a rolling 1 month basis it works out at £70.32 a month (inc VAT)
During your subscription you can download and install any of the applications from Creative Cloud CS6, but as soon as you stop your subscription, they cease to work!
So what do you get for you money?
The list of software available to you through the subscription is amazing – it includes:
Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, Acrobat X Pro, Flash Pro, Flash Builder, Dreamweaver, Edge Preview, Fireworks, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, SpeedGrade, Prelude, Encore, Bridge, Media Encoder, Business Catalyst, Typekit and Story Plus and 20GB of cloud storage. Unfortunately it doesn’t include any of the Touch Apps which have to be purchased separately at a cost of £6.99 each.
So is it worth subscribing?
The major plus to this subscription model is that you get access to the latest feature updates as soon as they are released, and you don’t have to scrape together the funds to purchase another copy of said piece of software.
If you compare the yearly cost of subscribing to the service with the one off cost of an OEM copy of the Adobe Master Collection (which is what you are in effect getting access to) which retails at £2,667.60, it equates to paying for it over a 4.7 years period with the added benefit of feature updates.
Will I be subscribing?
I am the lucky owner of a copy of the Adobe Master Collection CS5. The work that I do means that I predominantly use Flash Pro, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver…and haven’t even installed any of the other applications in the suite so the subscription seems less appealing to me due to the reduced number of applications I want or need access to.
The other, more important issue is that many of the clients I do freelance work for are not up to date with the newest version of the Adobe Suite either – this causes problems when working with InDesign and Flash and having to provide them with source files that they can open and work with! I would gladly pay the subscription if Adobe produced a little app which enabled you to save back to any older version of Flash rather than limiting you to just saving back 1 version.
Unfortunately, for now I will be sticking with my OEM copy of Adobe CS5 as it is more than adequate for my needs, but I am sure at some point in the future we will all be heading down this subscription route!