Busting Adobe Creative Cloud Myths

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There is more to the Creative Cloud than just storage.

When Adobe moved to the subscription-based Creative Cloud model, I suddenly found myself answering a lot of negative questions around this decision. Frankly, I was one of those who immediately “Got It” because I used the apps in class and elsewhere almost daily and was getting a little tired of waiting roughly 18 months for the next release of the products. Still my students constantly grumbled about the price, people I had encountered at Conferences and elsewhere were very concerned about availability and then there were the usual skeptics who suspected Adobe was up to “no good”.

 As usual, this has built up to a critical mass where unfounded preconceptions have become generally-accepted myths, so let’s bust a few of them.

Why do I need the Creative Cloud when I have Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s One Drive?

I suspect Adobe is starting to realize using the word “Cloud” is problematic. Those options are for file storage and sharing. The Creative Cloud is more than storage.It is a collection of Adobe’s tools and services ranging from Photoshop to Typekit with up to 20 gigabytes of storage space for your files which can be accessed any time, anywhere you have a web connections and on a multitude of smartphone and tablet devices running either iOS or Android. By the way, Adobe isn’t the only one heading in this direction. Office 365 from Microsoft is quite similar.

What’s with having to be connected to the internet to use the apps?

No you don’t. The apps are installed on your computer and run from your desktop.

If you feel the call of the creative muse at 30,000 feet, open your laptop and get to work. The only time you will require a working internet connection is when the Creative Cloud app on your computer “phones home” every four months to revalidate your annual subscription.

This whole subscription thing sounds awfully expensive.

Did you ever buy the Master Collection CS6? The Collection cost a cool $2,600 U.S. and a lot more for those not in the U.S. The thing is, 18 months later, you laid out more cash to update to the new versions that were released. The current price for everything is $49 U.S. per month with free updates. Do the math. My students also complain about the monthly cost until I ask them to compare the $20/month for Students and Teachers to their monthly smartphone bill.

 Why should I pay for apps I will never use?

So don’t use them or install them. The Creative Cloud Desktop app shows you everything that is available to you in the Apps section and each app has an Install button. It is up to you whether or not you choose to click the Install button. For example I have yet to install InCopyCC, SpeedGradeCC and Flash Builder Premium simply because I have no need for them. You also have the option of uninstalling applications and reinstalling them at a later date when you need them.

Aren’t you forced to update your apps on a regular basis?

No. The Creative Cloud Desktop app let you know there are updates but the decision around installing them is totally up to you.

When I stop my subscription I also lose my files sitting in the Creative Cloud.

Not quite. If you cancel your subscription you have a 90-day Grace Period to bring your storage down to 2 gb or simply move all of your files to your computer. There is even a special Free For Life Membership option that offers you a lot more than just 2 gb of storage.