Adobe Creative Suite

Moving Photoshop Design Features to the Cloud.

A little over a year ago at the Adobe Max conference in Los Angeles Adobe announced their new Creative Cloud service to the world. At the time it really seemed like another cloud based storage solution, but as it has rolled out Adobe’s Creative Cloud has begun to show what it is really about. Creative Cloud is Adobe’s vehicle to move all of us to a subscription based model for software.

On December 5th at 12:00 Central Standard Time, Adobe will host a live streaming event where Jeffrey Veen, the Vice President of Products at Adobe, will demo new Photoshop features that will be available to Creative Cloud members only. This is not a new strategy. Adobe has already done this with other core products (Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Acrobat) where there hav been Creative Cloud only upgrades.

The Creative Now Live event will showcase the upcoming team version of Creative Cloud, and a how to “explore ways to take your design skills from print to online and mobile.” This will be followed by presentations by Photoshop master Scott Kelby talking about hidden gems in Photoshop CS6, and Justin Weyers talking about “A Liars Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman”.

So why should you watch the event and what does it mean to you the Adobe software user? You should watch because this event shows Adobe’s plan to move its user base to a subscription model.  A model that provides access to an extended range of creative tools for a flat monthly rate. This effects you the designer, because in the long term you will probably lease your software from Adobe.

If you are still on the fence about Adobe’s Creative Cloud, you can still get a special upgrade price to join. It’s 30 bucks a month which will cost you 360.00 a year.

SwApp. Adobe’s Latest Tutorial Builder, iOS Dev Tool, Creative Showcase

You have to hand it to Adobe. Not only have they completely embraced the tablet eco system, they have pushed their software development teams to create tools that make it easier to build and publish interactive apps for iOS and Android devices.

One of the latest training tools that Adobe is releasing is titled SwApp. It is a dedicated tablet application that features tutorials created and uploaded by the creative community from all over the world. The app is available for free on the Apple App Store, and distributed in a series of editions, each including up to twelve user-contributed tutorials and examples of work.

If you are one of those rare individuals that makes good tutorials and want to join in the fun, you’ll need a copy of InDesign CS6, Folio Producer, and Folio Builder. You’ll need to download the Adobe provided InDesign templates and assets to start your tutorial build, and follow the Adobe guidelines for creating tutorial content. There is a ton of potential here to show off your mad creative skills and teaching talents. All it costs you is time.