Adobe's head will be in the clouds from here on out. The maker of Photoshop, Illustrator, and other digital creation software pushed major updates today to Creative Cloud, a new controversial subscription-based model for its most popular products. At the Adobe MAX conference in May, the company announced that it was taking its entire suite to the cloud to prevent software piracy and provide updates over the air.
The new model also establishes a more stable revenue stream for the company because as it turns out, convincing users to pay for expensive upgrades every few years is difficult. Traditional desktop versions of Adobe programs, like Photoshop, can run upwards of $700 a piece. Will the digital artist community be willing to fork over $20 or $50 per month, instead of a one-time fee, for the same tools in a new web-ready format?
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Audition, Premiere Pro, and a host of other Adobe Creative Suite tools are all getting the cloud treatment. Creative Cloud offers automatic software updates, along with additional perks like 20GB of cloud storage, workspace syncing between devices, the Adobe Kuler app, and integration with the design showcase network, Behance, which Adobe acquired in December.
But are all the bells and whistles included with Adobe CC worth it? Or is it time to switch to an alternative like Final Cut Pro or Acorn? We weigh the pros and cons after the break.