Richard O'Brien | 7 October 2013
Adobe’s Creative Cloud is here. QA’s Adobe expert, Richard O’Brien, answers all the questions to your concerns about the recent switch to the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.
So, Adobe Creative Cloud is here. It's caused a lot of furore that's for sure, but what exactly is it? Well, it's Adobe's move from a 'perpetual licence,' where you buy and own the software until you want to upgrade or replace it, to a subscription-based service, where you pay for the service or programme - that's essentially it.
Q: Do I have to be online to use Creative Cloud apps?
No. You do need to be online to download and install the applications - but they run from your computer. Your machine will 'phone home' every so often (it varies depending on your plan - an annual subscription will do this every 30 days) to validate your licence. You can use the products for 99 days even when offline.
Q: How practical is it to run the apps in my browser?
It's not practical at all, so they don't! The programme runs just as it always has, straight from your machine.
Q: Will I be forced to always use the latest versions?
No. The App Manager will notify you if updates are available, but it's your call whether or not they get installed.
Q: If I use both a PC and a Mac it'll cost me twice as much, right?
No. A Creative Cloud subscription allows you to install the software on two computers at once, regardless of whether they're both PCs, both Macs, or one of each.
Q: £50/month seems an awful lot to spend, I only use "insert product name here."
Not a problem. Adobe have a 'Single-app plan' from £17.58/month, and for an extra fee you can add other apps. Perfect for a user that tends to work in Photoshop, and may suddenly need InDesign, but doesn't want to buy it for a one-off project.
These are just a few of the basics that cover the main information about the shift to Adobe's new offering, the Creative Cloud. Hopefully now you can relax - the new change isn't too significant, at least not enough to make you feel unfamiliar with Adobe. It's a step in the right direction to adapt to the new trends in technology and the modern shift to the cloud.
For more information on Adobe Creative Cloud new features, specifically within Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, attend our free webinar on 18th October at 4pm. Register here .