© Ugur Akinci
If you haven’t heard about it yet, Adobe now has a pretty good deal called the “Creative Cloud” (CC) where you pay a fixed monthly fee and have access to a whole bunch of Adobe applications including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and a lot more.
It’s a subscription service that helps you gain access to a really comprehensive set of design and documentation tools while making sure your software will remain current via automatic updates.
The monthly subscription price depends on whether you’ve bought a recent (CS6) or almost recent (CS3) copy of an Adobe tool. You can read the details here.
Here are some of the misconceptions about this service:
1) “I need to have access to the Internet and remain connected all the time to use the tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.”
No, not really. CC actually downloads all the software to your client machine so that you can use them even if you are not connected online.
2) (Related to #1) “I’ll be forced to be online. Otherwise the tools will not work efficiently.”
No. You can remain offline for up to 99 days, or a little over 3 months. During this time you can just grab your laptop and disappear to any corner of the earth and still be able to work with your Adobe applications without any problem.
3) “I don’t want to be forced to download the updates.”
If you don’t want any updates ( and I have no idea why you wouldn’t), then you can configure CC not to update your software.
4) “I don’t want all those features. My needs are simple.”
You can configure your settings such that you can pick and choose the features you like.
5) “I don’t want to save my files on the cloud. They are proprietary and confidential.”
Sure. If you like, you can save all your files on your client machine. You don’t have to save them on the cloud just because you are subscriber.
Here is a wonderful video explaining all these features in greater detail.