I'm not a huge fan (or user) of Adobe products, but I have to say, the new Adobe Creative Cloud approach to bundling all of their professional apps as a subscription service is intriguing. The high cost of purchasing the individual Apps has always put me off, especially when there are so many low cost alternatives. The Adobe suite of creative products are all industry standard apps and packed full of Pro features.
The Creative Cloud option basically gives you every Adobe Creative tool for a low cost monthly subscription, rather than buying the individual Apps for many thousands of pounds. You also get cloud storage thrown in and upgrades to all the apps when new versions come out.
The apps are the full pro apps and can be selectively downloaded to your Mac once you take out a subscription. You don't access them in the cloud, you download the full app. You also get access to the latest versions as they are released.
I've included a list of the included apps in the panel to the right.
The recent announcement of the hiring of Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch by Apple also intrigued me.
Kevin Lynch was instrumental in bringing the Adobe Creative Cloud to market, and as such, it's interesting to see how the Creative Cloud works and if it is any indication of what Lynch may bring to Apple.
However, even at the usual price of £46 per month, my curiosity for Adobe Creative Cloud wasn't piqued enough to put my hand in my pocket and fork out that amount of cash each month.
It would be good to have a play with the latest version of Photoshop and I've always heard good things about Adobe Audition and Lightroom. After Effects has a huge following in the video field, and there is always Premier Pro to take a look at.
But no, £46 per month was still a bit too high for me.
At the recent NAB in Las Vegas, Adobe suggested that the latest versions of their Pro video tools would be available soon. All these new versions will show up in the Creative Cloud Suite.
Even more interesting is that Adobe have launched a special promo on 12 months of the Adobe Creative Cloud for just $30USD or £23 per month. That's a saving of 40% on the first year. The best thing is you don't need to be an existing member or have an existing Adobe product if you use this link
Anyone can sign up for the deal, but it closes on April 19th so you need to act quick if you want to take advantage of the offer.
I've just signed up for 12 months.
I doubt I'll be covering any of the products on ScreenCastsOnline, or that it's likely that I'll be switching to Adobe Premiere Pro for my video editing needs, but it will be fascinating to explore so many new Pro apps.
And at £23 per month for 12 months, it seems like an absolute steal!
The only downside is that if I get hooked or dependant on any of the apps, the price goes up to the full cost after the 12 months, but you can always cancel if you want.