Adobe Introduces Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud

Adobe today officially announced the launch of Creative Suite 6, the next major update to the company's bundles of popular design applications. The release sees new versions of 14 separate applications, including the flagship Photoshop CS6 that has been offered as a free public beta for the past month.

“Creatives get a ton of innovation across CS6, with milestone releases of all our flagship products,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media Business, Adobe. “With CS6 and Creative Cloud, we’re also introducing new products, new mobile workflows and advanced publishing capabilities that show we are laser-focused on ensuring design, Web and video pros have everything they need for the delivery of high-impact content and apps.”

As with previous editions of Creative Suite, Adobe is offering the CS6 applications individually, as well as in several different bundles targeting print, web, and video design professionals.

Bundle pricing begins at $1299 for the Design Standard collection, which includes Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat X Pro. At an $1899 price point, Adobe offers either the Design & Web Premium collection, which includes Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Professional, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat X Pro, or the Production Premium collection, which includes Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Flash Professional, Illustrator, Photoshop Extended, Prelude, and SpeedGrade. Finally, Adobe's Master Collection containing all of the CS6 applications is available for $2599.

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Adobe today also officially introduced Creative Cloud, a subscription service offering access to all CS6 applications as well as other cloud services to facilitate the integration of desktop Adobe software with the company's growing stable of tablet and smartphone applications.

Creative Cloud is priced at $49.99 per month for an annual membership, or $74.99 per month on a month-to-month basis. The service is also being offered at a special introductory rate of $29.99 per month for current users of Adobe's CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 software.

All Creative Suite 6 products are available for pre-order now and will begin shipping within 30 days. Adobe will be hosting a streaming launch event at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, highlighting the new developments included in Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud.

Top Rated Comments

JonneyGee Avatar
157 months ago
I think the majority of people complaining about the cost are people like me - hobbyists who would love to be at least semi-professional but don't make enough off what they create to justify the four-digit price point. If you're a pro it's a no-brainer, but if you're an aspiring one then forget it.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kenrik Avatar
157 months ago
Adobe is a evil greedy company.

<---- purchased 10 copies of cs5 $15k+ only to find that it was full of bugs and adobe charges just to talk to outsourced tech support.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Krazy Bill Avatar
157 months ago
Adobe has become way overpriced for us mere mortals. For the low, low price of $2600 you too can become a beta tester for bug laden crap that never gets fixed before it becomes legacy-ware.

The only thing they have that is worth the money is Lightroom. It's so good I'm convinced Adobe didn't write it nor do they have anything to do with it. (If they did it wouldn't work as well as it does).
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bdkennedy1 Avatar
157 months ago
As a professional with a budget that is handed down to me quarterly, a $100 savings with massive restriction is no deal for software that you never own. How many people love leasing a car?

It's actually $600/year if you want to go that route, which is a good deal considering that Photoshop CS6 by itself is $700. And with this you get access to every single app they make, and they're always up to date.

Not sure how that's "greedy". If you're a professional, it's a no-brainer.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sigmadog Avatar
157 months ago
Adobe is a scam, what else is new?

I don't think you understand the meaning of the word "scam".
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dysamoria Avatar
157 months ago
Adobe's greatest competition is themselves. It's entrenched and the market is saturated by their own product. That's why the product is bloated. They're not trying to create the best tools; they're trying to repeat sell the same thing, each year or so, to the same people. Why do you think the pricing is getting worse for those who prefer to skip versions & buy separate applications? Frankly, I've lost interest. I love photoshop, but only just. It's become bloated, slow, filled with junk I don't want and I'm aware of how much a waste of resources that junk is because I've watched it get added over the years. The only thing that compells me to ever upgrade any more is that my OS forces me to, or I can get some kind of excellent deal (which I won't get any more, since I'm now unemployed & not a student). They've repeatedly added undesirable crap to their product line up and I'd rather keep a machine stuck at an older OS generation as long as possible than waste money & system resources on the latest attempt to resell the same stale crap.

The alternatives aren't nearly comparable, which makes the situation even worse. And Adobe knows it. Adobe is market king and that's a bad thing for their product & customers. They've been taking on "new features" that attempt to make users feel the few competitors aren't worth going to, outside Adobe (such as natural media emulation, which could happily be a separate product category, such as Painter, if not for the marketing need to bloat the existing photoshop), which just makes those competitors even less likely to maintain/gain traction, & less able to spend on the engineering needed to compete with Adobe's products' heavy lifting (ie high-dpi, cmyk, complex layering/masking, massive image support, plug-in support, etc).

The industry is stagnant and Adobe takes advantage of users' limited options by repeat selling the same crap & increasing pricing while offering barely anything of significance other than "the right to keep using the tools." Sound familiar? There are a few other notable companies doing the same.

Subscription licensing is the only way dominant companies can continue *increasing* profits every year & the only companies that can force the market to accept it.

That's why the software is pirated so much. Users (individual & corporate) know they're being abused & no one wants to spend much money on intangible things when tangible things are far more compelling. The best solution is to stop abusing the users with high cost & anti-piracy/user BS. But developers like Adobe won't reverse their direction. It's beyond their corporate culture's ability to comprehend.

Antisocial entities don't get better. There's no immediate incentive to, & instant gratification is all that matters. I don't even know why I'm bothering to say any of this.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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