You have probably heard about Clouds, whether that be for Amazon, Microsoft, Adobe, the sky, and others. I have started using Amazon’s Music Cloud, which I automatically became a member of by purchasing CDs from Amazon. It’s very convenient and I can access my Cloud’s songs on multiple devices including my Kindle. Some limitations are the amount of free space you are given and not all purchased CDs allow you to rip sound tracks to the Cloud. Now, I am thinking about taking the Adobe Creative Cloud plunge.
What is the Adobe Creative Cloud? It is a membership service you purchase through Adobe, which allows you to use their software applications on your computer to create publications, to edit photographs, to make videos, and more. The most popular creative tools include Photoshop and Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Flash Pro, and Dreamweaver. You can pay monthly or annually, or you still can buy the Creative Suite CS6. You are also able to share, sync, and store files on the Cloud. You are given 20MB storage space free.
Adobe also provides training videos at Adobe TV and up-grades are provided immediately, compared to having to wait a few months to receive the up-grade after you pay for it. You can also promote your talents through a network with Behance and Pro-Site for an additional fee. Take a look at a preview of the Cloud.
As a designer, I use Adobe’s software everyday and my software is outdated. I am also taking video classes and will be using Premier soon, which I do not currently have on my computer. So, I would have to buy more programs and up-grades. To buy the entire CS6 Master Collection, it will cost $2,599.00. You can review a list of all the programs in the Master Collection by clicking here. And, we all know software companies like to up-grade their programs for an additional cost. So, do I license the Cloud or Master Suite CS6?
If you’re fortunate enough to work for a company that keeps their Adobe software up-graded for their employees to complete projects, then you’re all set. If you own your own business, this is a business expense. But, if you’re not a student able to use the Cloud at a reduced introductory rate of $19.99 per month, than you’ll have to pay $49.99 per month. If you have bought CS3-CS6 packages before, you can up-grade to the Creative Cloud for $29.99 a month for a year. That’s not cheap, unless you consider the cost of purchasing the programs you need.
There have been reviews of the Creative Cloud, which can help to direct your decision. In Digital Arts online, the article “Creative Cloud Review” by Neil Bennett was published in June 2013 and it gives suggestions concerning who should up-grade to the Creative Cloud depending on profession. For example, photographers may only need to use Photoshop CC and Lightroom, so they may only need to license a few programs. However, multi-media professionals would benefit greatly from using the Cloud. Another review by Wired Magazine discusses how unhappy customers are in the article “Unhappy Customers Want to Parachute From Adobe’s Creative Cloud” by Klint Finley. Customers are up set, since Adobe will not be offering some of the new programs, like the web design program Muse, available in the Cloud to regular licensed packages. They view Adobe’s attitude as, go with the Cloud or lose out, and there is a time limit to take advantage of the “Jump into the Cloud”.
I hope you have found this article interesting and helpful to guide your decision. Review a comparison chart of the Creative Cloud versus the Master Collection CS6. This article will be continued in Part 2, Taking the Plunge. In this blog post, I will share my experience using the Creative Cloud.