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Adobe to continue selling CS6, adds Behance portfolio to CC apps

updated 08:41 pm EDT, Mon May 6, 2013

Basic portfolio service to promote sharing, showcasing work

Adobe's move into a subscription model with its rebranded "CC" suite doesn't mean it is entirely leaving behind users who haven't yet or opted not to join Creative Cloud, the company reports. In its press release heralding the improvements and features of its now fully-integrated Creative Cloud programs, Adobe added that it would continue to offer a non-CC version of Creative Suite 6 for the foreseeable future, and is obligated to support existing software for years to come. In addition, the Behance portfolio feature is available to non-Cloud users as well.

The company said that it will continue to offer CS6 for electronic download, but is also offering reduced first-year pricing on the Creative Cloud suite for those who have not yet upgraded from CS3 and higher, up to CD 5.5. Rather than the usual $50 per month for the entire suite, upgraders would qualify for $30 per month pricing for the first 12 months, reverting to the standard price after that. Users of CS6 who wish to upgrade will pay only $20 per month on an annual basis for the first year, and standard pricing after that.

The "Creative Cloud" suite is not substantially different than CS6 (apart from the new features announced for various programs today); the actual apps are still downloaded and stored locally in the same way that CS6 has primarily been sold for some time now. The key differences are the addition of cloud storage and collaborative features, automatic updates (which also bring along new features) and the requirement for at least a periodic Internet connection in order to verify the license. Users can work without an Internet connection but only after the license has been verified online, which it will ask to do every 30 days.

One feature touted in the many updates noted during Adobe's rollout of the CC suite is in fact available to everyone at no cost -- even those who don't use Adobe products. The portfolio site Behance, which existed as a standalone company before being bought by Adobe at the end of 2012, will continue to offer a free gallery service alongside paid products such as its job listing service for creative professionals and its ProSite galleries. Currently, there are no restrictions on the number of projects, images or media users can upload.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bonaccij

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-19-03

    As someone who deals in the Enterprise, this is abhorrent. Just a way for Adobe to make sure they have monthly income. It is insane.

  1. pottymouth

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 11-19-03

    Thank dog Adobe has realized that we don't all work in little self contained bubbles where our choice of tools has no impact on those around us. I've got CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5, and CS6 all installed side by side and use each one of them regularly. Which one I use depends entirely on what my clients require.

  1. makesense

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 02-08-07

    we are nothing more than subscribers, this a pricey subscription

  1. climacs

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 09-06-01

    at one time there was hope Apple would continue to develop its suite of audio/video production tools which were rivals and even replacements for Adobe's crap.

  1. makesense

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 02-08-07

    I must be getting old. Operating systems that look like iPads more and more, programs by monthly subscription and quality in sound based on if you can hear it rather than real hi-fi.

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: 11-15-06

    Cloud base is a good move for Adobe and freelancer like me whom can't afford the Master Suite DVD set in one shot frequently. I don't trust Apple these days for their software...... Aparture is dated, Final Cut X is a joke, Shake is gone, Motion is still baby step comparing to After Effects.... the list goes on. Apple is too wrap up with iDevices because that's where the money are. At least Adobe's main focus is on software....... not like Apple flip flopping.

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