Adobe Officially Launches Subscription-Only Creative Cloud Desktop Apps

Pulkit Chandna

Despite opposition, company abandons pay-once, use-forever Creative Suite

The Creative Cloud desktops apps Adobe announced at Adobe MAX back in May are now here. With the company halting the development of its Creative Suite applications, the subscription-based Creative Cloud desktop apps will now be the only way for people to access the company’s latest flagship creativity apps.

Only available to paying Creative Cloud members, the CC desktop apps, which include Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Adobe Muse CC, Dreamweaver CC, Edge Animate CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC and many more, pack hundreds of new features not found in the CS6 versions and allow you to keep everything “synced and organized across your desktop, website, and mobile device.”

Despite Adobe offering a wide range of subscription plans that cater to everyone from individuals interested in single apps to businesses and creative teams with much larger appetites, not everyone is enthused at having a subscription-based model shoved down their throat. While the company is unlikely to go back to the pay-once, use-forever model, it r emains open to the idea of making Creative Cloud membership plans a lot more affordable in order to assuage those unhappy with current pricing.

For individuals, subscription costs $19.99 per month for a single app and $49.99 per month for the entire suite ($74.99 without annual commitment), with existing Creative Suite (CS3 or later) customers eligible for discounts on both as long as they are willing to make an annual commitment. Likewise, for a limited period only, Adobe is offering the “Complete” plan to student and teachers at discounted prices: $19.99 per month for individual users and $39.99 per month per user for teams. Where teams and businesses are concerned, the Complete plan costs $69.99 per month per user ($39.99/month per user for existing CS users).

“We’ve added a ton of new innovation to all our CC desktop apps like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. These apps include new features that increase productivity, streamline the effort to build mobile content and showcase some stunning new imaging and video science. And in addition to the traditional areas of innovation these apps are now connected to the powerful publishing and community features integral to the Creative Cloud experience,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media, Adobe. “And with even more great updates coming to Creative Cloud throughout the year, we can’t wait to see the incredible work our customers are going to deliver.”

Those who can do without all the latest features can stick to Creative Suite 6, which the company currently intends to continue selling “indefinitely.”

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