updated 08:41 pm EDT, Mon May 6, 2013
Basic portfolio service to promote sharing, showcasing work
Adobe's move into a subscription model with its rebranded "CC" suite doesn't mean it is entirely leaving behind users who haven't yet or opted not to join Creative Cloud, the company reports. In its press release heralding the improvements and features of its now fully-integrated Creative Cloud programs, Adobe added that it would continue to offer a non-CC version of Creative Suite 6 for the foreseeable future, and is obligated to support existing software for years to come. In addition, the Behance portfolio feature is available to non-Cloud users as well.
The company said that it will continue to offer CS6 for electronic download, but is also offering reduced first-year pricing on the Creative Cloud suite for those who have not yet upgraded from CS3 and higher, up to CD 5.5. Rather than the usual $50 per month for the entire suite, upgraders would qualify for $30 per month pricing for the first 12 months, reverting to the standard price after that. Users of CS6 who wish to upgrade will pay only $20 per month on an annual basis for the first year, and standard pricing after that.
The "Creative Cloud" suite is not substantially different than CS6 (apart from the new features announced for various programs today); the actual apps are still downloaded and stored locally in the same way that CS6 has primarily been sold for some time now. The key differences are the addition of cloud storage and collaborative features, automatic updates (which also bring along new features) and the requirement for at least a periodic Internet connection in order to verify the license. Users can work without an Internet connection but only after the license has been verified online, which it will ask to do every 30 days.
One feature touted in the many updates noted during Adobe's rollout of the CC suite is in fact available to everyone at no cost -- even those who don't use Adobe products. The portfolio site Behance, which existed as a standalone company before being bought by Adobe at the end of 2012, will continue to offer a free gallery service alongside paid products such as its job listing service for creative professionals and its ProSite galleries. Currently, there are no restrictions on the number of projects, images or media users can upload.