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Adobe Creative Cloud apps now available; Photoshop CC includes new features

By Jesse
Jun 18, 2013
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  1. In line with their move towards a subscription-only application offering, Adobe has unveiled the new suite of apps it announced in May. Available immediately, Creative Cloud members can download the new applications via the Adobe Application Manager.

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  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,605   +110

    I think this is going to force a lot more amateurs to get Photoshop Elements as if you aren't making a profit from the use of the cloud products it's then quite expensive for a hobby or secondary job, even with the ability to subscribe for a month, then un-subscribe until the next time you need it. Unless they are planning to increase the cost of Elements considerably I think they'll be surprised by the amount of users that drop the use of full photoshop. At least Lightroom is continuing to be offered as a one off purchase and download rather than requiring a cloud membership.
     
  3. dotVezz

    dotVezz TS Enthusiast Posts: 117

    Looking at the pricing, I feel like this is a pretty solid move. $20/month for Photoshop and some extra features as long as you're willing to sign a one-year contract, or $30/month for Photoshop only and no contract... is a lot more accessible than it used to be, even if you're paying more over the long term.
     
  4. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,605   +110

    The UK listing for "new users of photoshop" is £46.88 per month ( http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/creativecloud/buying-guide.html ). Gives access to whole suite of products but a bit pricey for long term frequent use. I'd rather they did what they are doing with Lightroom and offer both "Cloud" and "Download" purchase options.
     
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,988   +957

    Adobe's "weapon of choice", forcing customers to upgrade is their, "Camera RAW" plugin. They simply fix very few bugs, stuff a couple new features in, then limit camera RAW updates to a finite period of time, mostly the period from version to the next.

    If you don't upgrade your cameras, you can pretty much use the version of Photoshop that matches them forever.

    In the case of PSCS-2, (now free on their servers), it will work for Raw file import from the Nikon D-80 (which I have), but not the D-90, (which I also have).

    In any event, PSCS-4 will import from both cameras. I have Lightroom 4, and PSE-7 which will do the same

    In the case of PSCS & PSE alike, if you're going to work in Jpeg only, there is almost no expiration date. The search engine in PSE-7 bogs down badly when confronted with high image count catalogs. Point, unless both my DSLRs take a dump, I can't picture myself kowtowing to this new subscription nonsense.

    Most of Adobe's applications are wildly overpriced anyway. It's just that they're so far superior to their contemporaries, they have made themselves seemingly irreplaceable.

    If Adobe succeeds in this subscription venture, I shudder when I think about which other software publishers will follow their lead.
     
  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,605   +110

    Maybe they should adopt a "free to play" model instead. You get a basic "elements" style feature set, or even more cut down for free. If you want to use a more advanced feature you have a micro transaction to use it for the month. :p

    I'm just glad that LR5 was still available as a non cloud purchase. The spot healing tool is now a spot healing brush ala CS, so think I'll be sticking with LR5 and Elements 11 for the foreseeable future.
     
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,988   +957

    "Once upon a time", Adobe Photoshop Elements was TWO programs. PSE, (the editor), and Photoshop Album, (the "Organizer") PA became a free program that was little more than nagware /adware for the newer complete versions of PSE (version 3.0 and above). "Album" was discontinued, much to the chagrin of many, many people, with no shame or concern for the appearance their photos.

    "Album" was given the axe during the reign of PSE-8. But, if you installed the demo version of PSE-8, when your 30 day trial was up, the organizer section still worked. This is how Adobe accommodated Album users. I don't know what their policy is ATM, regarding the "free-ness", of the organizer is, regarding the latest versions of PSE demos.

    That, and PSCS-2, is about all the free ride you'll be getting from Adobe.
     
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