After previewing them in May, Adobe on Monday released the latest versions of its Creative line of applications. Now dubbed “Creative Cloud,” the update brings several major new features to key apps such as Photoshop and Premiere but, for the first time, they are only available as part of a Creative Cloud subscription.
While a more detailed debate over Adobe’s shift to a completely subscription-based lineup has been held over the past few months, the reality is that customers who want access to the latest Adobe apps will need to subscribe on a monthly or yearly basis.
With a 12-month commitment, the full suite is available for US$49.99 per month. Single applications can be subscribed to for $19.99 per month under the same terms. Month-to-month terms for the entire suite are also available for $74.99 per month, and there are several reports that Adobe offers unofficial month-to-month pricing for individual applications as well. Users interested in the latter are advised to call the company to order. All users can try Creative Cloud with a 30-day free trial.
As we’ve mentioned earlier, Microsoft has also entered the consumer software subscription market with Office 365. For $99.99 per year, customers gain access to the Office desktop apps on up to five Windows or OS X computers along with online sharing and document storage and other features such as Skype calling minutes. The recently released “Office Mobile” for iOS is also a subscriber-only perk. Unlike Adobe, however, Microsoft still offers perpetually licensed traditional retail copies of Office alongside the new subscription model, although the company has raised prices on these retail options to make the subscription route appear more appealing.
Despite the drawbacks of subscription software for consumers, one of the major benefits is that subscribers gain immediate access to new versions and features. Such is the case with the new Creative Cloud update from Adobe. All current and new subscribers can download and use the new applications and features with no additional payment or change of their subscription terms. Those interested in, or forced to consider, a subscription can find out more at the Adobe Creative Cloud website.