Adobe has just released their Creative Cloud, which a new service that makes all of the products in Adobe Creative Suite 6 available for a monthly subscription fee instead of a one-off cost per program. This Creative Cloud includes Adobe staples such as Photoshop, InDesign and Adobe Illustrator.
Subscribers to the Creative Cloud will also gain access to products focusing on HTML5 web design, such as Adobe Muse, and 20GB of cloud storage which can be used to save projects. The storage can be accessed from other Adobe software or viewed via a web browser.
Signing up for Creative Cloud costs as little as $49.99 per month, but you only receive that rate if you choose an annual membership. Customers looking for a month-to-month subscription will have to pay $74.99. Anyone owning Creative Suite 3 or newer can sign up for $29.99, but that also is an annual rate and is only valid for the first year.
These prices will seem shockingly high to anyone using free web tools, but buying the full suite of Adobe software on its own would cost $2,599 (without an educational or promotional discount). You’d have to subscribe at the annual rate for over four years before spending an equal amount. Adobe Creative Cloud seems reasonable by comparison, and the month-to-month pricing makes the software accessible to people who only need occasional access to Adobe’s tools.
The name implies that the software is hosted online, but that’s not the case. Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers install the same software as everyone else and don’t need to be online to use it. Adobe only requires authentication once every thirty days.
If you’re interested, check out the Creative Cloud FAQ. It covers the technical details such as downloading software, billing and language support.