Adobe Creative Cloud, subscription editions, go on sale

Jackie Dove, Macworld
12 May, 2012
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After building in an extra four days of anticipation, Adobe has now made available its Creative Cloud software suite. Creative Cloud, a set of pro-level applications that target individual artists, graphic designers, videographers and others in the creative arts, was originally slated to be released alongside Creative Suite 6, which made its debut on Tuesday. At the last minute, Adobe decided to hold the release of all of its subscription services and upgrades for several days to make sure they were all working properly and to ensure the smoothest user experience.

Two years in the making, Creative Cloud now offers Adobe’s creative software for download to your desktop – the entire CS6 collection and more – to individuals at a flat rate of $63 per month, based on a year’s subscription. Month-to-month subscriptions cost $95 per month. A special introductory offer per month for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 individual customers is also available. Adobe has more details about the special offer on its website.

Adobe’s brand new Creative Cloud includes, but is not limited to, all CS6 applications plus an assortment of subscription-only online apps and services. Membership is available to customers in 36 countries and in multiple languages.

Bundled into four distinct packages, CS6 features upgrades of Photoshop and Photoshop Extended, Premiere Pro, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Illustrator, Flash Professional, Audition and Fireworks, as well as companion apps Bridge and Encore. It also debuts two new video-related software packages – Prelude and SpeedGrade.

Muse and Touch releases

With the release of Creative Cloud, Adobe has also released the first commercial version of Adobe Muse, which enables designers to create HTML 5-based websites without writing code. It’s available only to Creative Cloud members and included in the overall price of the membership or via subscription to individuals. Adobe has more information about Muse 1.0 on its website.

In addition, two new Touch Apps – Adobe Proto and Adobe Collage – are now available for iOS devices, as are new features and additional language support for both Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas.

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