Adobe’s subscription-only Creative Cloud goes live

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Adobe’s subscription-only Creative Cloud goes live

The latest versions of Photoshop, Illustrator and more are now available - but only to annual subscribers.

Adobe has released its subscription-based successor to Creative Suite – a set of updated applications available only via its Creative Cloud service.

Subscribers can download and install more than a dozen creative applications and services, which from today include new versions of Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, for $49.95 a month. Discounted deals are offered for multi-seat licences, students and upgraders from earlier Creative Suite packages, and it’s also possible to license a single application for $19.95 per month.

The switch, first announced in May, has been controversial, with many users refusing to move into the cloud for what is a vital application for professionals. Plus, for Australian users on limited plans or with slower download speeds, the move to cloud distribution and storage is even less ideal.

Adobe has stated that it intends to continue selling the desktop-based CS6 collection "indefinitely", but won't be providing non-subscriber versions of the new "CC" versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Users don't nee to be online to run Creative Cloud applications, but must "phone home" at least once every 99 days to verify the user’s subscription. An individual subscription allows the software to be used on two computers, and includes 20GB of cloud storage, with the ability to share hosted files with non-subscribers.

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