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Adobe releases 2014 suite of Creative Cloud apps, adds new Photo plan

updated 11:30 am EDT, Wed June 18, 2014

Every app refreshed

Adobe has officially revealed the 2014 update of its Creative Cloud desktop suite. Every app has been updated; the suite's core software, Photoshop CC, has gained new Blur Gallery motion effects, as well as a tool called Focus Mask, which makes it possible to highlight individual sections in photos with low depth-of-field. Other changes include new Content-Aware functions, Smart Object linking across documents, and the ability to sync settings for one layer across all others.

New to Illustrator CC are Live Shapes, which can transform rectangles into complex shapes and then quickly revert. InDesign CC now lets people select table rows and columns and use ePub Fixed Layout to produce e-books. Muse CC has been upgraded to a 64-bit codebase with HiDPI display support, and has options for previewing and optimizing desktop, phone, and tablet versions of websites.

The suite's main video apps, After Effects CC and Premiere Pro CC, have been upgraded with Live Text Templates and Masking and Tracking. Premiere should now have better graphics performance, and new precision keying effects have been added to After Effects. SpeedGrade CC has been improved with a "more flexible" Direct Link color pipeline. Audition CC has picked up enhancements to multi-track sound editing.

In terms of web-related apps, Dreamweaver CC has a new Element Quick View, making it possible to browse and edit the HTML structure of pages. Flash Pro CC has support for SVG export of individual frames. In Edge Animate CC, users can do direct import of HTML5-compatible video.

The downloads are free to existing to Creative Cloud subscribers; service plans cost a varying amount based on whether a person only wants individual apps or the complete package. One addition is the Photography plan, which costs $10 per month and includes access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, as well as two iOS apps, Lightroom mobile and Photoshop Mix. Every CC user has access to a new service app that manages files and assets. For educational institutions, finally, Adobe has switched to a device-based licensing model, letting multiple people use CC on a single computer instead of linking it to a lone Adobe ID.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ElectroTech

    Junior Member

    Joined: 11-26-08

    I swore off Adobe years ago and encourage everyone who is able to use any other software but Adobe's. I can't stand their money grabbing thieving ways and the way they abandoned Apple.

  1. Jubeikiwagami

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 12-27-11

    No thanks. Move along.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 01-23-02

    We detest the CC concept.

  1. SierraDragon

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 03-22-04

    As a long term (decades) Adobe user I stopped buying when the new subscription pricing came out. No CC here and I direct new photogs to Pixelmator and other non-Adobe solutions.

  1. jpellino

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 10-29-99

    Can we just have PS 5.0's core back? It did what photographers and astrophotographers needed without all the bloat and cruft. Of course, since Adobe ignored Apple's giant hint to use XCode/GCC to write apps, there was that whole year-plus span when they could not ship a universal version of anything.

  1. climacs

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 09-06-01

    unfortunately, there are many of us out here - especially in the video community - that are compelled to use Adobe's shit. You want a job editing videos? You probably need to know After Effects, maybe Premiere Pro (barf), certainly Photoshop and perhaps a bit of Illustrator as well. That's not even covering the shops that are fully up Adobe's ass.

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: 11-15-06

    Don't know about you guys and I must be the odd one here. I do need Adobe Suite to survive and I find the new subscription base is more affordable and doable than paying a lump sum in the past. I use 80% of their applications and it is a good deal for me.

  1. PRoth

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 08-21-08

    What about us InDesign users?? Now, squeezed between to mammoth bloat crap of Quark and Adobe. C'mon Pixelmator people, launch Documator already!

  1. cashxx

    Junior Member

    Joined: 04-13-09

    Who cares.....down with Adobe and any other company that starts a subscription based setup.

  1. TheGreatButcher

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 06-11-00

    I keep my media editing on a standalone machine offline. I have no use for the cloud. Thanks for nothing Adobe.

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: 11-15-06

    Just downloaded the new Photoshop CC 2014. The new Path and Spin Blurs rock. Finally, I can blur image at any way I want it based on the path I draw. No more tweaking Motion Blur. Spin Blur makes Radial Blur (ancient filter) totally obsolete. LOVE IT.

  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    Adobe has updated its creative cloud...... oh that's right I switched to Gimp a long time ago.

    Originally Posted by TheGreatButcherView Post

    I keep my media editing on a standalone machine offline. I have no use for the cloud. Thanks for nothing Adobe.

    Institutions hate the cloud approach because they don't want to pay for a renewing license.

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