At its annual MAX conference today in Los Angeles, Adobe Systems announced that its market leading Creative Suite, will be replaced entirely by Creative Cloud, the company’s software subscription option. The new suite version ties in with the company’s push to this Creative Cloud subscription model that includes downloads of updated apps for subscribers along with new collaboration tools and online services.
The new suite version will become available on June 17, according to the company. All the applications will be included in the $49.99 a month subscription. Adobe launched Creative Cloud in April 2012, and since then, over a half million members have joined at the premium level. The company offers 20 new features for the suite applications, including brand-new apps like Edge Animate and Muse Mobile, tools for creating Flash-like effects using HTML5 and producing mobile websites from designs without coding. As a result of this new strategy, subscribers will no longer have to wait up to a year to purchase the next release to get new features.
This update to Creative Cloud includes the next generation of Adobe desktop applications — including Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC and Premiere Pro CC.
The Creative Cloud enables the new Adobe CC tools to be much more collaborative and readily available. Settings, styles, fonts, colors, and assets are now synced and available across all desktops and mobile devices and allow users to be connected to the resources and people they need.
- With Creative Cloud membership, users now have the new Sync Settings feature in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC, which enables them to synchronize preferences, including keyboard shortcuts and workspaces, across multiple computers.
- Creative Cloud membership now includes integration Behance so members can upload their portfolios and share their ideas and projects with one of the largest online creative communities
- Creative Cloud members have access to a rich library of tutorials from both Adobe and industry-leading partners to help customers learn new tools and techniques fast.
Adobe also unveiled the release of its new Photoshop CC as part of a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe Photoshop CC will be available, exclusively to Creative Cloud members, in June.
Adobe’s desktop apps, including Photoshop, were previously known as Creative Suite(R) (CS), and will now be branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud and have been reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating. Photoshop CC includes a wide range of innovative enhancements, including new image deblurring and sharpening features to improve design workflows, and new Camera Raw capabilities. This update combines Photoshop standard and Photoshop Extended features to deliver greater accessibility to 3D tools and image analysis, while Creative Cloud integration offers flexible collaboration and sharing capabilities.
New Features in Photoshop CC include:
- A fleet of new tools introduce the most advanced deblurring and sharpening technologies to date. The new Camera Shake Reduction tool analyzes and corrects for blur from camera movement to produce a better image. The all-new Smart Sharpen tool uses adaptive sharpening algorithms to minimize noise and halo effects while producing high-quality results. With intelligent upsampling users can increase the size of an image – large enough for a billboard – without pixelating the image.
- Adobe Camera Raw 8 brings three new photo-editing capabilities to Photoshop CC. The Advanced Healing brush allows photographers to “heal” or “patch” images with a brush stroke instead of a circular area. The new Radial Gradient offers powerful controls to draw attention to the focus of an image without applying a standard vignette, and the Upright tool automatically straightens horizons and applies perspective corrections without distorting the image. Camera Raw edits can also be made to any layer or file within Photoshop CC.
- For designers, improvements to rounded rectangles add the ability to adjust corner radii at any time. Users can also now select multiple paths, shapes and vectors at once, providing a faster, easier workflow for working with multiple objects.
- In previous releases, Adobe Photoshop Extended was released as a separate application comprising all Photoshop features as well as 3D and image analysis capabilities. Beginning with Photoshop CC, all Photoshop Extended features will be integrated within one application, providing all users with advanced capabilities for 3D image editing and image analysis.
- Photoshop CC is the first Adobe desktop app 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. Behance is the world’s leading online creative community, with over 1.4 million members.
- Photoshop CC includes all the Photoshop feature innovation delivered exclusively to Creative Cloud members over the last year, including: Smart Object support for Blur Gallery and Liquify effects, Conditional Actions, and CSS support for faster web design.
- 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 websites, viewable across devices. Adobe expects to update Photoshop CC with this new capability this summer, underscoring the constant steam of innovation delivered to Creative Cloud members.
To find out more about Photoshop CC, users can go to blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotcom.