It seems that the Creative Suite will be thing of the past sooner than expected. At Adobe MAX, Adobe revealed that the company decided to accelerate its shift to the cloud with a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud. This is why Adobe updated the Creative Cloud with some new features and with this new update, creative files can be stored, synced and shared, via Creative Cloud, on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android. The company also shared some numbers - the community consists of more than a half million paid members, and well over 2 million free members have signed up for Creative Cloud since it was launched in April 2012. Not bad! Adobe CS6 products will continue to be supported and available for purchase, but the company has no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products. Adobe will now focus on Creative Cloud development and the company hopes that this shift will accelerate the rate at which they products can innovate. We'll see...
What's surely cool is that now the service integrates Behance, the world’s leading online creative community, but also and more importantly the update to Creative Cloud includes Adobe’s next generation desktop applications including Adobe Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC,Dreamweaver CC, Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. Adobe’s desktop tools, previously known as Creative Suite (CS), are now branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud and have been reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating. It also seems that the new versions of Premiere Pro and After Effects support OpenCL! Anyway according to the website this is exactly the case:
"Now, more editors get real-time performance when working on complex sequences, thanks to support for a wider range of GPUs. Get enhanced, cross-platform support for OpenCL and CUDA. Render less often, work faster with third-party effects, and face deadlines with more confidence."
It means that the software will be able to render videos much faster when using third-party effects and this can geatly improve your experience with Premiere Pro if you own an ATI card. Many Macs feature Radeon video cards, so this is a very much welcomed update!
According to the official info, Adobe is facilitating the transition to Creative Cloud with attractive pricing plans and promotions for individual members, teams and enterprise customers. For more details, visit this site. The new versions will be available next month and by signing up for Creative Cloud today, you will be obviously able to immediately download and use these latest cloud-enabled versions. Currently Creative Cloud membership for individuals is $49.99 per month based on annual membership while existing customers who own CS3 to CS5.5 can get their first year of Creative Cloud at the discounted rate of $29.99 per month. Students and teachers can also get Creative Cloud for $29.99 per month.
A team version of Creative Cloud includes everything individual members receive plus 100GB of storage and centralized deployment and administration capabilities. Creative Cloud for teams is priced at $69.99 per month per seat. Existing customers, who own a volume license of CS3 or later, get their first year of Creative Cloud for teams at the discounted rate of $39.99 per month per seat if they sign up before the end of August 2013.
If you want to find out more, visit the official website.