Adobe Creative Cloud

As many of our readers are the "creative" type, I felt that it would be a good idea to review Adobe's latest offering the Creative Cloud. It has been approximately 5 months sine i have started using the new Creative Cloud and i could not be happier. So here are the Pro's and the Con's so you can decide if it is right for you.

Pros:

The first thing that everyone should notice is the price. The cost is cheap compared to purchasing the software with prices ranging from 19.99 a month for student, 29.99 a month for users of CS3 and above and 69.99 for everyone else including business users. 

No matter which price point you are at the subscription includes everything in the Adobe Master Collection. This includes Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign...etc. The software is stored on your machine just like if you purchased a retail DVD, the only difference is your software needs to check once a month to verify membership and there is a 7 day grace period.

For me it is perfect as i don't have to shell out ton's of money each time there is a new version out. You simply sign up for the membership and everything is immediately available to download. You are also allowed to install it on your primary machine and a backup machine as well.

Also with membership includes 20gb of storage that works flawlessly with Adobe's touch applications for the iPad. You can for example edit an image on your iPad and then have the edited image ready for you on your desktop.

Cons:

For some the thought of having a reoccurring fee every month is a huge turn off. It can make budgeting difficult or company expenses more of an nuisance. There is also no way to prepay for the year.

You are also obligated to pay for it for one year to get the special 29.99 pricing. Which also brings me to my next con which is that the cost of the membership does go up after the first year to 59.99. There may be special pricing again by the time that rolls around.

If your machine does not meet the requirements of the latest version you only have a little time to upgrade before you are forced to upgrade. What i mean is let's say today with CS6 my machine meets the minimum requirements  and tomorrow CS7 comes out. I do not meet the requirements for CS7 eventually i will no longer be able to download any CS6 variants from the Adobe application manager. This would not be the case with retail DVD's

In summary i think it is a huge step in the right direction for Adobe and overall i am pretty pleased with the product. You can get a 30 day fully functional trial over at http://creative.adobe.com