Creative Cloud is a bundle of multimedia software programs produced by Adobe, the leading company in the field. Photoshop, the picture editer, is probably the best known program in the bundle. Used to be that Adobe upgraded the entire bundle periodically, and it cost the user $1,500 for each hit. Adobe now offers the bundle as a subscription, which is, I think, probably for the best.
My iMac has shown signs recently of its age. I’ve owned it for about four years. So, I’m a little fearful that I’m nearing a system failure that will result in the loss of all my data files. I’ve been avoiding taking on the Creative Cloud subscription because I’m not working. So, why take on the cost?
Creative Cloud includes 20 Gb of storage space out there in… where else?... the cloud. My license for Creative Suite 4 allows me to upgrade to the subscription for $30 a month. So, for $360 a year, I get the entire new Creative Cloud software suite plus the 20 Gb of storage. And, the Creative Suite software bundle is continually upgraded to its latest version.
So, now, I’ve also got a place to save my important data files. All I have to worry about when my iMac crashes is coming up with $2,000 to buy a new one.
Haven’t looked through the software bundle in much depth yet. A new audio editor, Audition, takes the place of SoundBooth. The new tools are skewed a bit more toward mobile and tablet development. Unless you're a developer, why would you buy a PC when you can buy a great tablet for $500?
I’m planning on building a much enhanced multimedia campaign for my work as a solo musician, and as a member of the Old Dawgz. Most of that work will be done within Creative Cloud.
I like the new look and feel of Photoshop CS6, shown in the pic above. I’m sure the color scheme of the interface can be customized.
Of course, as the video above shows, not everybody is happy about Creative Cloud!