Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Eliminate costly downtime!
Find out how with Free White Paper
& enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Cloud Computing
Real-time info services with Neustar
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Adobe
Adobe's Creative Suite Goes Cloud-Only

By Barry Levine
May 7, 2013 10:46AM

    Bookmark and Share
Analyst Al Hilwa said the shift to the cloud "makes exceptional sense" for Adobe for several reasons. First, its launch of Creative Cloud in April 2012 led to "a lot of adoption" by users. Second, cloud delivery will also allow Adobe to "speed up its release cycles." Third, Creative Cloud has led to more services, including collaboration, storage and social networking.
 



Just as the music industry moved from CDs to online delivery, so is the software industry. In one of the most historic indications of that shift, Adobe formally announced this week that it would no longer package a Creative Suite of its creative applications, but would instead deliver them only via subscriptions through its growing Creative Cloud.

The applications will now have CC after their name instead of CS, such as Photoshop CC. While Adobe will still sell the Creative Suite 6 boxed set, it will not issue any updates, except possibly for bug fixes, and 6 will be the last disc set. In addition to Photoshop, new cloud-downloadable applications are InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC and Premiere Pro CC.

In addition, Adobe is discontinuing its Web design/prototyping tool, Fireworks. The company has indicated that there was too much functional overlap with such other Adobe tools as Photoshop, Edge Reflow and Illustrator.

'Makes Exceptional Sense'

A variety of new features have been added to the Creative Cloud applications, such as greater Touch Type font control in Illustrator CC, updated interfaces in InDesign CC and Dreamweaver CC, or a new, noise-minimizing Smart Sharpen tool in Photoshop. Standard Photoshop and Photoshop Extended have been merged into one product. There will also be expanded integration between the CC applications and Adobe's Behance social community.

The subscription cost will be $49.99 per month for all the apps, or subscription to one app for $19.99 per month. Existing owners of CS 3 or later can acquire a subscription of $29.99 per month in the first year.

Al Hilwa, program director for Application Development Software research at IDC, said Adobe's move reflected a broader "market trend overall," with packaged software increasingly being delivered from the cloud.

He told us the complete shift to the cloud "makes exceptional sense" for Adobe for several reasons. First, its launch of Creative Cloud in April 2012 led to "a lot of adoption" by users, Hilwa said, possibly even more than Adobe had first expected.

A Rebuilt Flash

Hilwa said cloud delivery would also allow the company to "speed up its release cycles," which is consistent with the increasing "velocity of software cycles" that is being experienced across the industry. Hilwa pointed out that the "velocity of software R&D is such that you can't take your foot off the pedal, but have to have a steady stream of revenue to keep R&D funded."

Creative Cloud, Hilwa noted, has also led to the addition "of a whole bunch of services," including collaboration, storage, and social networking, all of which "have made the Adobe cloud a whole lot stickier."

He said it appears users "generally love Creative Cloud, although some users prefer a perpetual license through owning a boxed set" instead of a subscription, and "may be vocal about the switch."

Adobe has also announced a complete rebuild to its Flash Professional. Now a 64-bit application, the new Flash sports a new interface and enhanced HTML5 support.

The Creative Cloud and Flash announcements were made this week at Adobe's own promotional and educational event dubbed "MAX, The Creativity Conference," running May 4-8 in Los Angeles.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Raechel:

Posted: 2013-05-07 @ 3:07pm PT
$49.99 every month for the rest of my life? SO not happening! I'll keep using CS6 for as many years as I can. By the time it's obsolete, someone out there will have come up with a significantly less expensive alternative to InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop.

Litho:

Posted: 2013-05-07 @ 1:05pm PT
DO. NOT. WANT.
I work at a printing company that has maintained 8 licenses since the beginning of the CS era (we have dropped to the Design Premium over the years, as we don't do video/audio here). It's my recommendation that we AT BEST maintain 1 monthly subscription, and possibly even drop that if we can get design slackers to make proper PDFs. Although we've paid for all the upgrades there has been few significant changes in regards to our workflow other than the ability to work with raw files from clients who are incapable of creating a PDF; I think we can ride that for 5 years or more with a significant reduction in our costs.

Tom:

Posted: 2013-05-07 @ 12:48pm PT
You should have interviewed critics of the move.

Norm:

Posted: 2013-05-07 @ 12:26pm PT
"its launch of Creative Cloud in April 2012 led to "a lot of adoption" by users."
No, Adobe FORCED USERS to use Creative Cloud in order to get proper updates for their purchased software. THIS IDEA STINKS. I'll use other products in stead.

Rick:

Posted: 2013-05-07 @ 12:14pm PT
Subscription model is going to be a tough sell to me. Not pleased with this action.



Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.


 Cloud Computing
1.   IBM Adds Disaster Recovery to SoftLayer
2.   VMware Rolls Out DR-as-a-Service
3.   Red Hat Unveils OpenShift Marketplace
4.   Dropbox Rolls Out Business Service
5.   AWS Launches Cost Explorer Utility


advertisement
Dropbox Rolls Out Business Service
For long, slow move into the enterprise.
Average Rating:
VMware Horizon 6 Folds In AirWatch
Delivers both published apps, desktops.
Average Rating:
IBM Mainframes Celebrate 50 Years
Unveils new cloud services for business.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug exposed will come at a very hefty price. Some say it all could have been avoided.
 
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
The innovative headpiece may find its niche in markets where hands-free access to data can be a big advantage. Glass experiments for doctors are already under way, with some promising results.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
 
With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More
Samsung has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones, and shows less can be more.
 
Facebook Rolls Out Potentially Intrusive Location-Sharing
Looking for friends? Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby, using a smartphone's GPS. Could be a cool feature in some cases, or way too much information.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.