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The release of Adobe Creative Cloud has design professionals asking a range of questions, especially about how the cloud-based platform is different from the traditional software in a box model. Many people are concerned about Internet connectivity, the ability to access the software offline, and security. Although these concerns are common, you will see that they are not necessary. Adobe Creative Cloud feels very much like previous versions of Creative Suite, but with some differences that you are likely to enjoy.
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Adobe Creative Cloud: How it Works
One point of confusion that is important to clarify immediately is that Adobe Creative Cloud is not Software as a Service (SaaS). In the SaaS model, the software is hosted on a server and accessed through a web-based interface. In contrast, Creative Cloud apps are installed directly on your computer, just like they always have been. This means that you donot need to be online to use Creative Cloud.
So then, why is it called Creative Cloud? Adobe uses the cloud to make file sharing and collaboration much easier for users. When you create files in any of the Creative Cloud apps, you have the option to save them in the cloud. Any files that you have saved in the cloud can then be accessed from any Internet-enabled device, either by you or by anybody else who has been granted permission. You can also use your cloud storage for other file types, even if they were not created in Adobe.
Whenever Adobe adds new features, you have the option to upgrade your software immediately, at no extra cost. However, the software does not automatically update, so if you want to wait for any reason, you have that option.
Getting started with Creative Cloud is easy:
- Select a subscription level (or try a free trial if you’re still not sure)
- Install the apps on up to two computers
- Work within the apps any time, even when offline
- Save files to your computer or use the cloud storage included with your subscription
- Share files by sending links so others can view or download them in a web browser
Most people won’t see much of a change when upgrading to Creative Cloud from a recent version of Creative Suite. However, you will get the benefits of predictable monthly fees, easier collaboration, and regular upgrades at no extra cost.
Have you made the switch to Creative Cloud yet? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.