Adobe Kills Creative Suite In Favour Of Cloud Model

Tom Brewster is TechWeek Europe's Security Correspondent. He has also been named BT Information Security Journalist of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

No more Creative Suite updates as cloud wins out

Adobe is going all-out for the cloud with its massively popular creative technologies, killing off the Creative Suite and its licensing model.

The software giant is now banking on the Creative Cloud, which features the likes of Photoshop and the Dreamweaver web design tool, all delivered on a monthly-subscription basis. Adobe Creative Suite 6 products will continue to be supported, but the company has no plans for future releases.

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“We launched Creative Cloud a year ago and it has been a runaway success,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager for digital media at Adobe.

“By focusing our energy — and our talented engineers — on Creative Cloud, we’re able to put innovation in our members’ hands at a much faster pace.”

Adobe made the announcement during its MAX conference in LA, where it also unveiled an updated Creative Cloud, along with refreshed apps, including new versions of the Photoshop and Edge tools, which make it easy for designers to create interactive websites.

The firm believes its prices will attract many, with £17.58 a month allowing users access to a single app, whilst £46.88 a month offers all the Adobe creative applications, as long as customers commit for one year. The price goes up to £70.32 if users want to leave at any time. All come with 20GB of cloud storage too.

There are some business-specific plans, which start at £65.44 per month for each user.

There is also a free option for anyone wanting to test the Creative Cloud before buying.

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