Digital artists who use software like Photoshop and Illustrator got big news last week when the company behind those applications, Adobe Systems Inc., announced that it was moving its products online to a service called Adobe Creative Cloud.
It means that Adobe will no longer make new versions of Creative Suite, a bundle of high-end design software that Adobe sells in one package, and will likely move away from boxed, retail versions of its flagship products. So, what is Creative Cloud? Instead of buying software and owning it, Adobe customers will be expected to pay a regular fee for the products as a service that they can access online. Subscriptions will be about $50 a month for those who pay for a year of access to Creative Cloud, with discounts for those who already own versions of Creative Suite and for students and teachers, who’ll be charged about $30 a month. Individual programs like Photoshop or Adobe Premiere Pro can be subscribed to for $20 a month or $10 a month for a one-year promotional period for those who own Creative Suite.
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