Adobe Creative Cloud – What We Know...

Ben Greiner -

Creative Cloud is a monthly subscription that provides access to either a single Adobe CS6 application ($20/mo) or all of their applications ($50/mo), plus Adobe's Cloud hosted services. These hosted services include:

According to this Product Comparison chart and this Acrobat XI FAQ, the only way to get Acrobat XI Pro is to buy it separately or move to Creative Cloud. (Really Adobe? You no longer include the latest version of Acrobat as part of a Creative Suite package?)

Creative Suite 6 and CS5.5 editions include Acrobat X Pro. Acrobat XI Pro is available through Adobe Creative Cloud™, which provides access to the latest versions of Creative Suite applications on a membership basis.

All of the Creative Cloud applications are installed and updated as traditional desktop applications. Now that CS 6 requires an Adobe ID to serialize, you activate a Creative Cloud version simply by using the Adobe ID you used to buy Creative Cloud. (Yes, this is in addition to your Apple ID. :) Creative Cloud membership provides access for up to two computers (for example, desktop/portable or home/work machines or even PC/Mac if you swing both ways). When updates are released Creative Cloud members have instant access to new versions at no additional cost.

Each account comes with 20GB of online storage used to sync files between Adobe desktop and Adobe Touch Apps.  All Touch Apps require additional fees of $10 each and some are not yet available for iOS. (Only Adobe ignores the dominance of iOS and builds for Android first.)

  • $20/mo for single application access.
  • Creative Cloud All App Access upgrade program for existing CS3 and newer users, $30/mo for first year of a 1 year contract.
  • $50/mo for All App Access, non-upgrade users, with 1 year commitment
  • $75/mth for All App Access, month-to-month pay as you go.
For organizations who need more than a single user license there is a BETA program called Creative Cloud Team. Unfortunately, there is not much information here (and why a PDF, Adobe? Why not a web site?). We suspect they are working to integrate shared storage across multiple team members — and hopefully better workflow tools.

We hear Creative Cloud Team will be $80/mo per user and will provide the same services as an All App Access account to a group, rather than a single Adobe ID user.
  • PROS - Ongoing upgrade plan with free updates, less money upfront and cloud storage. Great for anyone new to Adobe. Easy to stay up-to-date.
  • CONS - Once you go Monthly there is no way to convert back to standard license without a full purchase. Only 20GB of cloud storage. Longtime Adobe users might save money avoiding the Cloud -- especially if you tend to skip versions.
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