Adobe launches Creative Cloud 2015
Adobe launched its new versions of Creative Cloud apps and services. As you may know, Creative Cloud provides subscription-based access to Adobe apps (and more) for about $50/month.
Among the upgrades:
• Better integration between desktop and mobile
• Android support
• Stock, a stock-photo service featuring one-time or subscription pricing plans
• Linked assets — meaning you can make a change to, say, a Photoshop image in your Creative Cloud library, and every InDesign or Illustrator document that uses that image will receive the updated version.
Is this enough to warrant at $50 monthly subscription? I’m not sure. Since switching to MangaStudio for my digital art, I find fewer and fewer reasons to launch Photoshop. Having drawn in each, I find the responsiveness in MangaStudio to be far superior. (Although, to be fair… the implementation of the CC Library does attempt to replicate MangaStudio’s advantage in saving/reusing images).
One of the strongest aspects of a Creative Cloud membership is the access to (and ease-of-use of) the Adobe Font Library. Well-organized and full of great typefaces, I find it a go-to for any design-related projects than need a little something extra.
And if freelance design were a bigger part of my revenue, I guess that would be a lock. But it isn’t, so it’s not.
So, is Creative Cloud worth $50 a month??