Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Creative Cloud?, part of Learning the Adobe Creative Cloud (2015).
- One of the most common questions that I come across when I'm talking to people about Adobe's Creative Cloud is, "Well, exactly what is it?" People have heard this term, cloud, before, and it's a buzzword that they hear all the time in regular language around the Internet, but they're really not quite sure what it is. And what does it exactly mean when Adobe says all their software is now going to be a part of Creative Cloud? Well, essentially, you only have to think of Creative Cloud as one thing. It's a subscription service. Just like you pay for music streaming or TV and moving streaming services and things like that, the Adobe Creative Cloud is nothing more than a subscription service that allows you to purchase individual or business-related plans so that you have access to their suite of applications all the time.
And with this subscription, you have the ability to install all of the Creative Cloud applications. That means everything that was previously included in the Master Collection. You have the ability to install all of those applications on two machines regardless of operating system. So you could actually have one install of Mac OS X Creative Cloud applications and one install of Windows 10 Creative Cloud applications, which would make it super easy for you to have a cross-platform workflow.
You also have access to your apps and your files anywhere in the world. Anywhere you can sit down at a computer and sign in using your Adobe ID gives you full access to all of the apps and all of the files depending on the level of subscription service that you choose. Now, there are some myths that are associated with Adobe's Creative Cloud platform, and I want to address those in this movie first and foremost, and one of those is that I need an Internet connection all the time in order to use Creative Cloud. No, you don't. You don't need an Internet connection to use Adobe's Creative Cloud platform.
Adobe's Creative Cloud platform will phone home occasionally to make sure that you have an up-to-date subscription, but that window is fairly large, and you can use the Creative Cloud platform and all of the applications without an Internet connection for several days at a time. And even then, it's going to even give you a little bit more of a grace period before it actually says, "Hey, I need you to reauthenticate me really quick "just to make sure that your subscription is up-to-date." Another myth that I hear quite often is that, "Well, I don't want to run Photoshop in my web browser.
"It's not powerful enough." First of all, that's just silly. Photoshop is not going to be running in your web browser. In fact, none of the Creative Cloud apps run in a web browser at all. They all download and install locally on your hard drive just as any previous version of the Adobe Creative Suite does, so you don't have to worry about running these things in a browser or being connected to the Internet whatsoever. Also, another fear that people have when they're transitioning to the Creative Cloud is they don't want to lose all of their files when and if they cancel their subscription.
Well, you can rest at ease because you are not going to lose a single file if you cancel your subscription. There is a free for life tier of Creative Cloud, which will give you access to those files, and when you choose to cancel, you also have a grace period of time to get all of your stuff out of the Creative Cloud ecosystem and onto your local hard drive. There should be no fear whatsoever of losing these files if you choose to cancel the subscription because it's just not going to happen. Another myth is that you're going to be constantly paying Adobe more money or that when you get hooked into the subscription service they automatically jack the price up after you join.
Adobe's been running the Creative Cloud service now for a little over six years, and I can tell you the price hasn't changed at all, and it's actually cheaper in the long-run to use this service than it was to pay for the Master Collection upgrade every single time. If you sit down and do the math, you'll see exactly what I'm talking about. If you want more information about Adobe's Creative Cloud service or you have a question, chances are it's already been answered in this web page that I've created a short URL for you here. Just go to seeley.co/adobeccFAQ.
That's going to take you to a page with common questions about Adobe's Creative Cloud. But as someone who's been using Creative Cloud now for a little over five years, I can tell you that this is the best service that Adobe has ever offered, and I would never switch back to a perpetual license even if I was given the option.
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