Adobe is making a big splash into the cloud with its Creative Cloud service, launching an enhanced online version of its sought-after Adobe Creative Suite for $50 a month on a one-year contract.

The company announced on Tuesday that Adobe Creative Cloud, “a creative hub where you can explore, create, publish, and share your work using Adobe Creative Suite desktop applications, Adobe Touch Apps, and services together,” would be available in the first half of the year.

In addition to a key benefit of renting the software — getting new features as soon as they are released – Creative Cloud goes beyond the desktop suite, which will still be available, to deliver more:


  • All the Creative Suite desktop tools. Download and use any Creative Suite tool you choose, or work with other products you’ve been wanting to try — including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and new Adobe Edge and Adobe Muse.


  • Device and PC sync. Keep all your creative files in sync no matter where you are or what device you’re using.
  • Cloud storage. Store up to 20GB of data that you can access from virtually anywhere.
  • Adobe Business Catalyst. Build and manage your business online (special members edition).
  • Adobe Typekit. Access thousands of cloud-based web fonts.
  • Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition. Deliver iPad apps such as brochures without writing code or relying on developers.
  • Adobe Touch Apps. Capture and iterate on your idea on your iPad or Android tablet and then sync your work to your Creative Suite desktop application, where you can refine your design. 


  •  Community training and support. Get answers to your technical questions or access members’ wisdom on the best way to tackle a new project. 
  •  Social capabilities. Connect with peers, share your work, and inspire others. 

The price may seem high to more casual users, but given Adobe Creative Suite’s most premium version costs about $1,900, it would take more than three years to reach that amount, when, of course, a new version would likely be available. Clearly, Adobe is pricing it to match similar upgrade cycles.

High-end users tend to be early adopters, so Adobe most likely has their ear with this new cloud version of its creative suite. Adobe Creative Cloud users will get the latest software releases first.

The added 20GB of cloud storage with the new services does sweeten the deal a bit for most users over traditional software.

Piracy of Adobe’s pricey, top-tier software has been a problem, so this cloud version might appeal to would-be piraters to pony up. Or so Adobe hopes.

Adobe will sell a more secure version of Adobe Creative Cloud to business users for $70 a month.


Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor

February 9, 2012