Adobe is putting all of its chips in the cloud, a move made readily apparent with a slew of announcements at its Max conference in Los Angeles today.
Perhaps the most notable change is that Photoshop (rebranded Photoshop CC, but more on that below) will be a subscription-based service, though Adobe assured us it will continue to support Photoshop CS6.
It’s all part of a major update to its Creative Cloud property, one that ultimately will do away with Creative Suite as Adobe won’t roll out new CS releases down the road. CS6 will still be available for purchase, but only in the forms currently on store shelves.
Come June, Adobe will introduce a new set of desktop applications branded “CC” aside from Photoshop CC, including InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC and Premiere Pro CC.
While now a pay-to-use service, the new Photoshop isn’t without its enhancements, which include sync settings, Adobe Camera Raw 8 improvements and other editing features.
For those that don’t own a steady cam, the most practical updated feature may be Camera Shake Reduction, a tool that deblurs formerly unsalvageable images.
So what will it cost to access Photoshop CC? Adobe is throwing out a Creative Cloud single-app membership for a special introductory price (read: limited time) of US$9.99/month for those who already own Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5 or CS6.
Following that pricing is a rate of US$49.99/month for individual Creative Cloud membership. Those who own CS3 through CS5.5 can get their first year in the Cloud at a rate of US$29.99/month.
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