Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 software. The CS6 product line includes powerful new releases of Photoshop®, InDesign®, lllustrator®, Dreamweaver®, Adobe Premiere® Pro, After Effects®, Flash® Professional and other products as well as four suite versions – Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium; Creative Suite 6 Design Standard; Creative Suite 6 Production Premium; and Creative Suite 6 Master Collection.
Adobe Creative Cloud™, a radical new way of providing tools and services* for creatives worldwide is expected to be available on Friday, May 11. A subscription-based offering, Adobe Creative Cloud is a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work and it is centered around a powerful release of Adobe Creative Suite® 6 software, packed with innovation across its industry-defining design, Web, video and digital imaging tools. CS6 point product subscriptions will also be available May 11.
Despite significant improvements across the Creative Suite product line, I find myself most excited about Creative Cloud. Available on Friday for $49.99 per month ($29.99 for existing users and students), Adobe’s Creative Cloud is an admirable attempt to utterly reshape the nature of Adobe’s creative products.
Shedding laughably enormous pricing, Creative Cloud is not only financially accessible, but it also offers 20 GB of cloud storage. Although many own Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Google Drive accounts with added space, such platforms are dogmatic to certain workflows. SkyDrive and Google Drive, for instance, excel when dealing with Microsoft and Google documents, respectively. Dropbox, although platform agnostic, lacks such power without manual intervention and dependent third party implementations.
Accordingly, Adobe’s introduction of a novel and powerful new cloud service — particularly for sensitive work like design — strikes me as utterly shrewd. Keeping files safe and devices in sync is an endlessly important cornerstone of the computing experience. And yet, despite this, the vast majority of manufacturers and developers are just coming to grips with such a basic tenet of the end-user’s routine. As a company well known for such poor responsiveness to its user-base, Adobe has shuttered the poor expectations of its users.
In building an accessible and affordable backbone for Adobe services, the likes of Photoshop and Illustrator are no longer relegated to the confines of the elite, but rendered open, seamless, and even affable to the average consumer. Although I have long been willing to pay for the full Creative Suite offering, I eagerly await the arrival of Creative Cloud this Friday. If the backbone works effectively, I imagine Adobe will find itself winning over a great many people in the coming months.
Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6 are available from Adobe.