Adobe focuses on Cloud Subscriptions



Adobe is now focusing on its Creative Cloud subscription as they announce that physical versions of their software will no longer be sold. 

For those of you who use Adobe products, we thought it would be useful to condense all the relevant web chatter into 5 key points:

1. Users of older software will only receive bug fixes and compatibilty updates from now on. New features won’t be added.

2. When you subscribe to the service you can use Adobe Application Manager to download and install software you need to your computer. You can only download the software that is available to you via your choice of subscription package.

3. The Adobe software is run on your machine as it always has. The only difference with creative cloud is that it will check your licensing key for the software and allow you to run it once it has verified your valid licensing key.

4. You can still run your licensed software if you are disconnected from the internet. However, you do have to re-validate your subscription every 30 days. If the 30 days has elapsed before you are able to re-validate then your software won’t run and you will have to reconnect to the internet to revalidate

5. If you cancel your subscription then the software won’t run on your machine.

It seems Adobe is moving in a similar direction to the one taken by Microsoft (Microsoft Office 365) as they move towards a subscription-based service to Adobe’s tools. Creative Cloud (CC) includes an online storage and sharing component similar to Microsoft’s SkyDrive Storage. Subscribers will, , be able to sync their files to Adobe’s cloud and then edit them with the company’s mobile tools on any internet-connected device, or just upload their files to the web and easily share them with clients and colleagues. Initially, subscribers will have access to 20 GB of online storage, with additional storage purchase options on the way