With Photoshop CS6 now out, upgrading is probably on the minds of many considering the outstanding new features. Just the raw processing engine alone makes for a worthwhile upgrade. However, for those still hesitant on the upgrade, there’s another option for consumers to consider.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud, ACC for short, allows people to obtain access to the entire suite of products for a monthly fee. You can install any of the products that you want, including special features.
Here’s a summary from Adobe:
Adobe Creative Cloud gives you the freedom to design anything you can imagine. It’s the digital hub that lets you download and install any of the new Adobe Creative Suite® 6 desktop apps you want, plus Adobe Muse™ and Adobe Edge preview software.
Use included cloud storage and device syncing to reliably access your work and collaborate anywhere — on desktops or laptops, and even on tablets with new Adobe Touch Apps.† Plus, it’s easy to publish, manage, and host websites through your membership.
Best of all, your affordable monthly membership keeps you up to date, with access to new features and upgrades as soon as they’re released. Get the latest Creative Suite features between major updates, new tablet publishing features coming soon, and much more. (source)
Here are some of the pricing options:
ACC: $49.99 per month if you choose the annual plan, or $79.99 per month on a month to month basis. If you’re a student or teacher, you pay just $29.99 a month. If you currently own the creative suite, you also pay the $29.99 per month for the first year. (source)
This really puts the ease into shifting to new products that Adobe launches, especially since new products and updates come out all the time. It’s also nice that they are starting to offer and push the cloud storage, so you can really sync all your work in the ‘cloud’ and go anywhere you like. The price is also a catch. It becomes a much more viable option to go the creative cloud route if you tend to use more than one product from Adobe. Check out the price breakdown here (link).
So before you decide to automatically upgrade your Adobe products, consider the creative cloud route, it may just be a better idea!