Adobe has launched its Creative Cloud suite of apps, completing the transition from the traditional boxed software with a one-off payment to own it to a cloud-based subscription service.
So what else is new in these cloud based apps then? Well Adobe’s main offering namely Photoshop CC and Dreamweaver CC get some new features such as Smart Sharpen and editable rounded rectangles for Photoshop and Dreamweaver received an updated fluid grid tool, which is a bit reliant on fixed breakpoints (mobile, tablet, desktop). In addition, an impressive CSS Designer panel speeds up working with complex CSS in a manner similar to (and sometimes better than) browser developer tools.
The suite’s features increase productivity, streamline the effort to build mobile content and showcase some stunning new imaging and video science.
David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager of digital media at Adobe
Personally I like the idea of cloud apps and see it being a potential way forward but I don’t like how Adobe have implemented it or the idea of a never ending monthly payment, especially if this becomes the norm and you need lots of software.
The CS suite has never been a cheap bit of software but at least in the past once you paid you knew the pain was over and you owned it for ever now however, it’s £46.88 (including VAT) per month for Creative Cloud for as long as you want to use it which may well cost you a lot more in the long run.