It gives you access to professional-level drawing and animation tools so you can get the exact look you want from your work. We were able to use bone rigging and animation paths to quickly animate scenes. The reason being that Animate CC is meant to be used alongside these two drawing programs. There is a free trial period, however, it only lasts 7 days, which is much shorter than most other demos. We found this software easy to use overall, but since it is missing some features it limited our creative freedoms. For instance, it provides plenty of helpful tools like onion skinning, brushes and layers so we could have more control over our animations. However, the program often relied on Illustrator and Photoshop for some of its other skills. The drawing tools are relatively good. We were able to adjust the opacity of the brushes in order to sketch directly into the program.
Not very While haters are hating Adobe's shift to subscription-only software, a price comparison shows plenty of customers won't be gouged by the Cloud. Stephen Shankland May 9, 4: This price calculation assumes one new version and one upgrade of the CS suites on the one hand and no first-year promotional pricing discount for the subscription. But should they be?
To shed some light on the situation, CNET broke out the spreadsheet software, dug into pricing information from Adobe and retail outlets, and put together some actual comparisons to see whether that wrath is deserved. The answer, as with all things complicated, is that it depends. But at least in some reasonable situations -- not just power users but also middle-end customers who upgrade to Adobe's latest releases -- the Creative Cloud isn't a bad deal at all.
Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription includes software, services, and tools for social networking and collaboration. Adobe Systems Subscription uptake so far Adobe said it's got an installed base of 8. For the Creative Cloud subscriptions, the number is , for the end of the first quarter and Adobe projects an increase to 1. Perhaps Microsoft is right to assert that Adobe is premature to go whole hog for subscriptions , but the subscription number is steadily growing and some believe that the pricing is worth it even for smaller customers.
Adobe introduced it last year as a complement to its Creative Suite products, for which the company sold licenses that permit perpetual use of the software. Adobe said the Creative Cloud adoption went faster than it expected and so decided to scrap the perpetual licenses. That means it avoids the expense and complication of maintaining a separate version. It also means the company can deliver new features as they arrive to all new customers, not to subscribers only as has been the case for the past year.
Adobe plans to sell CS6 products "indefinitely," but all the new action is with the new Creative Cloud product line. For details about what's coming in the big update in June, check my colleague Lori Grunin's Creative Cloud coverage. The more active a customer is with Adobe products, the more compelling the Creative Cloud is.
But it's clear Adobe is hoping to lure people into paying the somewhat higher price and delve into software they might not have been able to justify buying through the traditional perpetual-license model.
Cost comparison For our analysis, we looked at three situations with costs over three years. In all of them, there were two cases to compare: In the past few years, Adobe has released CS updates at intervals ranging from 12 to 24 months, so one upgrade would arrive over a typical three-year period.
Over a three-year period, Photoshop -- a new version and an update -- is more expensive than a subscription to Photoshop Creative Cloud. This calculation doesn't include the subscription's first-year promotional pricing discount for existing CS customers. Of course, those assumptions won't apply to everybody. Perhaps the biggest one is the rate at which perpetual-license customers upgrade.
Many customers cut costs by skipping some upgrades. On the other hand, buying CS6 products won't get you access to online extras, such as file-sharing services, Web fonts, Behance social networking, and iPad publishing. How might a Master Collection customer look at Adobe software? Probably pretty favorably. Slam dunk. Another case is someone who uses just a single title -- Photoshop, most obviously. So who would be better off with the traditional CS approach?
Someone who plans to upgrade rarely. Somebody who doesn't trust Adobe's promises to regularly release useful updates and new services. Somebody who takes issue with not "owning" software. Of course, customers really only own licenses to use it. Creative Cloud isn't cheap, and neither were the CS products that came before. But just on the basis of pricing, it's hard to conclude Adobe is gouging customers much more than it has in recent years.
Updated at 9: PT to correct the number of Creative Cloud subscriptions. It is , for the end of the first quarter of with an Adobe projection of an increase to 1.