Adobe Launches CS6 and the Creative Cloud

by Brant Wilson

on May 7, 2012

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Adobe released its new Creative Suite 6 (CS6) program on Monday, April 23rd. Along with the launch of the new program, Adobe hosted a launch party and a press conference. The launch itself was streaming live via webcast for viewers that couldn�t make it out to San Francisco to experience the demonstrations. Many of those of us within the creative field were interested to learn about some of the user-friendly updates included in CS6, which includes the new Creative Cloud project. Some of the updates involve web design and development, while a professional color grading tool will help with everything from websites to designs for postcard printing.

New Products

CS6 will include not only the updates as were revealed at the recent NAB 2012, they will also be adding several new members to the Adobe family:  

  • Prelude CS6 – a new app for organizing production workflow through on-set ingest and logging.
  • SpeedGrade CS6 – a professional color grading tool.
  • Muse â�� a new web development system.
  • Edge â�� an HTML5 animation tool.

What\’s Included?

In addition, there will be a public demonstration of the Creative Cloud project which is Adobe�s new completely web-based subscription service. The subscription model is new to Adobe and will feature a $49/month fee for access to the entire CS6 Creative Suite, which includes:

  • Photoshop CS6
  • Illustrator CS6
  • InDesign CS6
  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • Light Room
  • Lots more!

If you already have any of the CS3 and more recent versions registered, you qualify for a $29/month for the first year deal. And there are educational versions as well.

Of note is that you can get Photoshop CS6 as a standalone subscription if that is your primary tool of choice. The fee is $19.99/month for a one year agreement and $29.99 for a month-to-month agreement.

Major Model Change

This is a huge shift in how Adobe is making its products available to the design community and will make many of the tools much more accessible. Already the design community is asking for an a la mode model where they could pick and choose just a few of the software packages � Dreamweaver and Photoshop only for $25/month, as an example. It will be interesting to see just how Adobe is able to cater to the various needs in the design community with this subscription model.

The big benefit for creative professionals is that there is a fixed cost that includes updates and upgrades. No more purchasing the software and waiting 2-3 years before affording the latest version. With a low monthly fee, you get the best of the best and the latest cutting edge design tools.

Also, this launch was the first time in Adobe history that programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Premiere Pro will be demonstrated in public.

Included in the launch, which was hosted by the CEO of Adobe, Shantanu Narayen, was the release of research done by the company on ways in which to include creativity in educational systems as well as the ways that creativity impacts the society of today. This launch will be the start of a whole new style of creativity and functionality for Adobe. It�s something that no creative professional will want to miss out on.

Tara Hornor

Tara Hornor has a degree in English and has found her niche writing about marketing, advertising, branding, graphic design, and desktop publishing. She writes for, a company that offers online printing services for business cards, catalog printing services, posters, brochures, postcard printing services, and more printed marketing media. In addition to her writing career, Tara also enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

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