Adobe's New Creative Cloud Now Available

Adobe announced the availability of its new subscription-only Creative Cloud with new CC apps.

Adobe announced the availability of its major update to Adobe Creative Cloud, initially announced at Adobe MAX in May.

At Adobe MAX 2013 last month, Adobe announced it was shifting everything to its Creative Cloud subscription program. The creative software solutions maker said the company will focus creative software development efforts on its Creative Cloud offering moving forward.

While Adobe Creative Suite 6 products will continue to be supported and available for purchase, Adobe said it has no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products.

Adobe officials said the new Creative Cloud release re-imagines the creative process through a set of "CC" desktop applications and sophisticated cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities. Creative files can be stored and shared, via Creative Cloud, on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android. Behance, the company's online creative community, is now integrated with Creative Cloud, so customers can showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure.

"We've added a ton of new innovation to all our CC desktop apps like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign," said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager of Digital Media at Adobe, in a statement. "These apps include new features that increase productivity, streamline the effort to build mobile content, and showcase some stunning new imaging and video science. And in addition to the traditional areas of innovation, these apps are now connected to the powerful publishing and community features integral to the Creative Cloud experience. And with even more great updates coming to Creative Cloud throughout the year, we can't wait to see the incredible work our customers are going to deliver."

With Creative Cloud, publishing finished work is simplified with enhanced services that build and power Websites, mobile apps, tablet publications, online portfolios and content for virtually any medium and device, Adobe said.

Also with Adobe Creative Cloud, all files and assets can be shared between the desktop, cloud and mobile devices. A designer can take a photo on his or her iPad, use Photoshop Touch to refine the photo while on the go, then access that file, via the cloud, and use Photoshop CC on his or her Mac or Windows PC to further enhance the image. Designers can send files to view, download or comment. Individual members receive 20GB of storage.

Moreover, Creative Cloud members have access to the services necessary to publish personalized portfolio Websites using Behance ProSite, high-impact digital publications for iPad using Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) Single Edition, and PhoneGap Build to create and publish mobile apps for any device. Adobe Typekit features a library of old-classic to new-favorite fonts for use on Websites and, coming soon in an update to Creative Cloud, creative professionals will also be able to quickly find the perfect fonts in the growing Adobe Typekit library, sync them to their computer and have them immediately available for use in any desktop application. Full Creative Cloud members will soon have access to more than 700 fonts, installed with a single click, Adobe said.