Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6) has been available on the market for some time. A few days ago I had an opportunity to attend their Roadshow in Sydney.
Adobe said they launched 14 new products in this Creative Suite 6. In the sessions, they focused mostly on Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator, Firework and Photoshop. I am most interested in the new features of Photoshop although I only use it mainly in my workplace. But if I solely work on my own photographs, I do not suggest anything other than Adobe Lightroom. I do not mean Photoshop is useless. What I say is that if I do most of the things related nothing to tricks, Adobe Lightroom is excellent. Of course I was amazed to find in this version that Photoshop does more magic. One example is that it intelligently fills up the background flawlessly when the object is removed to a new location. Since I am not fond of tricks, so it doesn’t impress me as such. That said, it is still a great improvement and a great software application handling digital photography.
The speakers spent quite some time on InDesign and Dreamweaver and how it now provides great flexibility to match the dimensions of smart phones and tablets besides web pages. Like this website, I wish it is designed for viewing in different devices. The sizes of various devices has made no problem for designers using Adobe CS6. We do not need to learn much about coding because much of it is intuitively done by the application. For a non-frequent user of InDesign or Dreamweaver like me, I welcome this significant change.
The main objective of Adobe is to invite more users to try out their Creative Cloud service. It is a subscription service and at this stage, you can pay a discounted price of AU$37.99 a month for the first year (Normally price is AU$62.99). It may sound attractive when you think of you can download freely all applications on your desktop plus online storage (20GB). The academic or education membership costs $24.99 per month (paid annually) with some restrictions. Honestly speaking, I do not think this price is too cheap for a student unless you have some steady income or on a scholarship. As Adobe offers educational software price for student, it could be cheaper to purchase only one or two software or stick to an earlier version. If you plan to use more than that, the Creative Cloud Service may be justified. The online storage of 20GB may also give you some more flexibility than a Dropbox account.
Of course “Cloud” is the solution nowadays for everything. Even the new Microsoft Office suite is cloud supported. With an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, I will no longer miss any chance of trying out new products. The pain of storing my software will also be eased. But this reminds me that I am not actually free as living in the cloud, as a Creative Cloud subscriber, I have to be financially sound to be able to support the use of these software applications.