With the major announcement of Creative Cloud at Adobe Max there has also been a degree of confusion around what is and what isn’t on available from Adobe. A closer examination of the offerings can sort the fact from the fiction.
Fact – Adobe is moving from a perpetual model to a subscription offering. Future product releases (including a major CC update in June) will only be available to customer under subscription.
Fact – CS6 will still be available to purchase for those who don’t wish to transition to the subscription offering.
Fact – With an Adobe subscription you’ll have access to the latest releases from Adobe, as soon as Adobe release them.
Fact – You can purchase Creative Cloud for teams from an Adobe Partner, not just from Adobe directly; contact us today for a competitive quote.
Fiction – Creative Cloud means I’ll be streaming the software and need to be always online. This is the biggest misnomer surrounding Adobe’s Creative Cloud offering. The software is installed locally on your computer (downloaded as it was before) and only requires internet activation every 30 days. Basically it’s exactly like your previous versions of Adobe except that now you have the option to access Cloud tools & services. The big change to remember is that Adobe are moving from perpetual purchasing to subscription; the delivery of the software isn’t changing.
Fiction – Perpetual purchasing has been removed. Not so. While Adobe are moving rapidly towards subscription, you will still be able to purchase CS6 perpetually.
Fiction – Only Creative Cloud customers will receive updates. Not entirely true; Educational customers with an EEA Agreement or Commercial/Government customers with an ETLA in place can also access new version releases. The key is to have an active subscription offering in place.
Fiction – You need to run the latest version of the software constantly. This is not the case; you can chose when to install updates, not have them forced on your by Adobe.
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