Adobe abandons Creative Suite, moves to subscription-only Creative Cloud
Adobe announced it will no longer release new versions of its Creative Suite boxed desktop software and that the Creative Suite brand will cease to exist. Instead, all Adobe’s new features will go into Creative Cloud, the subscription-only service introduced last year.
The change was announced at Adobe’s annual Max conference in Los Angeles on Monday (May 6), at which the company details the latest updates to its products and business strategy.
“We launched Creative Cloud a year ago and it has been a runaway success. By focusing our energy – and our talented engineers – on Creative Cloud, we’re able to put innovation in our members’ hands at a much faster pace,” David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager of Adobe Digital Media, said in a statement.
Adobe Creative Suite 6 products will continue to be supported and available for purchase, but Adobe has no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products. All Adobe’s desktop apps previously known as Creative Suite (CS) will now be branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud.
According to Adobe, the new version will become available for download on June 17, when subscribers will get access to the new software as well as 20 GB of free online storage and project management tools.
In the UK, Creative Cloud subscription for individuals is £47 per month based on annual subscription. If subscribers opt to pay on monthly basis, the cost is £70 per month. Access to individual applications costs under £18 per month if subscribers sign up for a year.
Adobe said that promotional pricing is available for some customers, including CS6 users, as well as to those who sign up before July 31.