Adobe Sheds Light On Its Upcoming “Creative Cloud” Service

A couple of weeks after Adobe revealed an upgrade offer to CS6, the latest reincarnation in its popular Creative Suite, which includes such big software names as Photoshop, Flash and Dreamweaver, to any existing CS3 and CS4 owners, the San Jose-based technology shed a little more light on its upcoming cloud service, namely Adobe Creative Cloud.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe is slated to release its "Creative Cloud" service in the first half of this year

The service, which is expected to be released sometime before June/July of this year, will be priced at $49.99 monthly and includes 20 GB of cloud-based storage, device and desktop syncing and access to their latest apps, such as Photoshop CS6 and the final version of Lightroom 4 (which is still in beta status). Although $50 monthly does sound like a tidy sum, it is relatively cheap when compared to the full licence fee for Creative Suite, which can easily exceed a couple of grand (in the short run anyway).

CS6 is dubbed to have “huge improvements” over previous versions, the details of which are still unknown. The Creative Cloud subscription package is also set to come with a few extra features and tools over the standard retail version (including touch versions of some Adobe applications such as Photoshop) and will feature a much more active update cycle than other versions of Creative Suite.

It seems that Adobe is following in the footsteps of its predecessors, as more and more software companies are jumping onto the cloud computing bandwagon. Last year, Apple released its own iCloud service along with iOS 5, helping users to sync files, documents, contacts and more across their iCloud-enabled devices and with 2012 hopefully being the year of cloud computing, it seems like Creative Cloud may not be alone in this field.

However, some die-hard CS users may resent to paying the grand total of $600 a year for a subscription to Creative Cloud and it may be cheaper in the long run (especially for companies) to simply buy the licence outright. But the temptation of having documents synced across all platforms, along with more frequent updates, may just sweeten the deal for some consumers.