Adobe Gets Serious About Cloud, Kills Adobe Creative Suite In Favor Of Creative Cloud


Remember Adobe Creative Suite (CS)? The software suite of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications developed by the web company Adobe Systems? That software suite is now going for retirement, Adobe made the big announcement this week.

First introduced n the market in 2003, the Creative Suite actually consists of several Adobe web development and graphics applications, namely: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe After Effects, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator.

Adobe has officially launched the last version, Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6), at a release event on April 23, 2012, and then on the market on May 7, 2012.

In addition to that release, Adobe also launched a subscription-based offering named Adobe Creative Cloud, which allows Adobe customers to gain access to individual applications or the full Adobe Creative Suite 6 suite on a subscriptions basis with additional cloud-based services and even storage spaces.

Adobe Kills Adobe Creative Suite In Favor Of The Cloud-Based Service, Creative Cloud

During the opening keynote of its 2013 Adobe MAX conference, Adobe made the huge announcement that it was retiring the Adobe Creative Suite in the cloud-based subscription service, Creative Cloud, and at the same time, made all future feature updates to its software available via the Creative Cloud subscription service instead of purchasing the perpetual licenses.

Unfortunately, Adobe's decision to focus more on its cloud-based subscription service and to make it the only sales route for its creative software has earned strong criticism and relentless barrage. An online petition against the company's Creative Cloud approaches started to emerge and gained too much attention, PC Mag reported.

Aside from online petitions, several online articles start offering alternatives for Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe software, with free or open source software such as GIMP and Inkscape or competing products from CorelDRAW and more.

Adobe made its final update to the Creative Suite in May 2013, and at the same time urged users to take a switch to the cloud-based services Creative Cloud.

According to Digital Trend, the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is currently priced at $50 for all of the programs but starts at $10 a month for the photography package with only Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop features included.

Overall, Adobe has added more than 500 features to the software since the Creative Suite's last update in 2012. While the full Creative Suite is no longer available on the market, Adobe still offering Lightroom 6, which still available online, including Amazon.

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