Adobe CS6: Game Change

When I was sitting in Washington, D.C. InDesign User Group Meeting on May 2nd , I thought….it’s here.

What’s here?

The Adobe Creative Cloud is here.

We are talking big deal. It’s a  game changer HERE.

The first game changer is the business model. Instead of buying an upgrade to the Adobe Creative Suites and waiting another 12 months or so for the next upgrade, the Adobe Creative Cloud  membership subscription plan is available.

The old option is still offered but the extras offered with the Creative Cloud make it appealing.  The Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection is available for the membership as well as additional services that include the Adobe Touch Apps, Cloud Storage, and Adobe Typekit.  The new software tools, Muse and Edge are only available with the Cloud Membership.

The creative cloud is modeled after an online app store. After you purchase your membership, you download the Creative Suite software to your hard drive. Also like an app store, they will be updates available for download as they are completed.

The Software

Adobe Creative Cloud CollageThe enhancements to the Adobe Creative Suite software are another notch in Adobe’s toolkit. The engine for Adobe Illustrator 6.0 has been rewritten for speed and performance. The pattern creator and the image trace features are now useful instead of marginally interesting. Adobe Photoshop 6.0 has been optimized for better performance in addition to having  a new interface look. Skin tone aware selections and a background save option are among the many feature improvements. Adobe InDesign 6.0 offers up Liquid Layout and Alternative Layout Features as improvements to their digital publishing capabilities. While Dreamweaver 6.0 doesn’t have a new interface, it does have fluid grid templates to help you create responsive web sites.

Work Anywhere, Anytime

I’ve only touched on a few of the many tools that are available. I recommend spending time on to learn more.  My subscription has also come in handy since they’ve been posting new Adobe CS 6.0 courses.

There are two other big points that Adobe has been making as it’s been rolling out these changes.

You can do your work where ever you are.

Your files are where every you are.

Adobe has surfed the mobile and cloud trends of the last few years and reinvented their process.

This is a new way of getting the tools into the hands of artists, designers, and filmmakers.

I’m game.