updated 02:18 pm EDT, Mon May 6, 2013
Company continues subscription push
Adobe has introduced a wide range of software updates, dropping the Creative Suite branding as the company continues to embrace its Creative Cloud subscription service. New features have been added to Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash Pro, After Effects, Muse and Dreamweaver, among other titles.
Photoshop CC now includes a tool to help reduce the effects of camera shake, along with a redesigned Smart Sharpen utility and improved upsampling. Users can also apply RAW edits as a filter in any layer, while 3D editing and image analysis capabilities are now available without upgrading to Photoshop Extended.
Notable new features in Adobe's video-production software include a redesigned interface and streamlined editing in Premiere Pro CC, along with Cinema 4D Integration in After Effects CC. Web developers can also take advantage of 64-bit architecture and a modernized UI in Flash Pro CC, a new CSS Designer in Dreamweaver CC and parallax scrolling in Muse CC.
Adobe launched its Creative Cloud system nearly a year ago, enabling users to pay monthly fees for access to Creative Suite licenses rather than buying the software outright. Over 500,000 people are said to be participating in the paid program, alongside several million free memberships.
Finalizing the transition, executives at the company's Max conference confirmed that new features will no longer be added to the Creative Suite editions. CS6 apps will still be sold and supported, however the CC software will only be available via subscription.
The new software is expected to arrive sometime in June. Creative Cloud subscriptions are available for $50 per month for a full year, or $75 on a month-to-month basis without a longer commitment. Access to individual programs can also be obtained for just $10 per month, while discounts are available for owners of earlier CS software.