As most in any creative field are already aware, the Adobe Creative Cloud is here. Adobe decided to turn its industry-standard software collection into a subscription-based model. This change has allowed Adobe to provide constant updates and fixes to their software as well as prevent piracy. At first, it seemed like an unwelcome change to a set of programs that I’ve been using for years. I couldn’t imagine paying monthly for a product that I have just been able to buy outright. However, since the launch of the Adobe Creative Cloud, I’ve come to realize that there are some benefits to embracing the subscription-based model. If this change proves successful for Adobe, it’s likely that other software companies will head in this direction, so I’ve developed a pros and cons list to elaborate on the changes and what they mean for your work.
- 20GB Cloud storage means your work is always backed up
- Workspace synching allows for a better workflow between devices
- New features are constantly being added, so no need to make the costly upgrade to the next version
- Behance will work seamlessly with Adobe products, allowing you to easily build and publish a portfolio
- Helpful resources such as Creative Cloud Learn will allow you to access to tons of free tutorials
- Access to TypeKit’s premium web font library
- Can be installed on more than one device/machine
- Cost will become an issue for many. Because of the subscription-based model, you never actually own the software outright. You will continue to pay as long as you run the software and it’s difficult to predict how costs will change in the future.
- Adobe holds no liability for issues, damage or errors that occur within the software. While this is the case, to some extent, with their desktop software, a cloud-based service poses entirely new risks, such as a failure within the cloud storage system or authentication issues via Adobe’s servers.
- Access to an internet connection at least once per month is required to authenticate the software. While this isn’t typically a problem for the average user, it presents new conditions under which the software can be used.
- If Adobe’s subscription-based service is successful, other companies will likely consider the same structure for their software, which could eventually mean having several product subscriptions.
Currently, any user who wants to upgrade beyond Adobe CS6 will have no other option but to move to the cloud. Time will tell if it proves to be a successful model.