Adobe releases major updates to its products under Creative Cloud, launches desktop app

Adobe releases major updates to its products under Creative Cloud, launches desktop app

Adobe has released major updates to its flagship products – the only difference now is that instead of a new Creative Suite, the updates are being released under its new Creative Cloud umbrella.

The company said in a blog post that hundreds of new features have been released in new versions of the apps – including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Adobe Muse CC, Dreamweaver CC, Edge Animate CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, and more.

A new Creative Cloud app for the desktop has also been introduced, in which users can download and manage the latest product updates, keep tabs on their work, connect with their followers on portfolio-sharing network Behance, and more.

Adobe users can also sync their workspace settings to Creative Cloud now – including things like preferences, presets, brushes and libraries – which removes the hassle of re-setting them on another computer. All one needs to do is log in to Creative Cloud, sync and retrieve the settings.

There will also be integration with New York-based Behance, which Adobe acquired late last year for an undisclosed amount. Creative Cloud members get a Behance Prosite, which enables you to create a website to display your work.

Adobe’s new cloud-based color theme app (for the iPhone) Adobe Kuler will be included as well, for users to share color themes and access thousands of others on the Kuler website. Syncing your favorite themes will allow them to be accessible immediately in Illustrator CC.

Creative Cloud members can get all the new apps and services today, available on a redesigned app center on the website. Enterprise and education customers will get their updates on June 21, while government customers will see the updates in July.

Adobe announced last month during its MAX conference that it was leaving behind its Creative Suite to focus entirely on a new suite of Creative Cloud-only apps and services. This is the first move it has taken to introduce a slew of new apps and services via its new platform.

The Creative Cloud pricing structure has already been unveiled previously – anyone with a CS 3 or later serial number will get their first Creative Cloud year for $29.99 per month. For everyone else, complete Creative Cloud access will set you back $49.99 per month, or you can purchase a single app subscription for $19.99 per month.

In its latest blog post, Adobe also teased some new features and functionalities for the Creative Cloud that will be released “as soon as they are ready” – including file syncing on the desktop, Typekit fonts on the desktop, and a Creative Cloud app for iOS.

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