Adobe has announced that the company is discontinuing its Creative Suite lineup of standalone products to focus entirely on a new suite of Creative Cloud-only apps and services, reports CNet
This means that you will no longer be able to purchase the latest version of Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, etc. and use it for years to come. Rather customers will need to pay $49.99 a month for access to Adobe's applications. If you cancel your subscription you will no longer have access to the software.
Adobe Creative Cloud includes more than 30 tools and services that enable professional-grade content. The switch will come in June when Adobe releases new versions of its applications including: Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC and Premiere Pro CC.
Photoshop CC: will ship with new sharpening technologies and designer workflow enhancements. Photoshop CC is the first Adobe desktop application to include the ability to post files directly to Behance from within the application, showcasing work immediately and integrating peer feedback into the creative process.
Illustrator CC: for Illustrator, the main addition is Touch Type, which Adobe claims will give users more control over their type by allowing single characters to be manipulated like individual objects: Experiment with moving, scaling, and rotating, you can change the font or edit at any time. Illustrator can now generate the CSS code for icons, patterns and logos, with gradient support.
InDesign CC: InDesign is receiving native 64-bit support, features a redesigned UI, and now supports HiDPI and Retina displays. Other, more curious additions include a QR Code Creator.
Dreamweaver CC: users can look forward to the most up-to-date CSS and properties via the intuitive visual editing tool, CSS Designer.
Premiere Pro CC: Adobe’s core video editing application now includes a redesigned Timeline, a Link & Locate feature which “helps you track down your clips quickly no matter where they’ve moved,” Creative Cloud syncing and more.
For those that already have a purchased version of CS 3 or later, your serial number will get you a 40% discount on the first year of subscription. That works out to $29.99/month. Everyone else will need to pay $49.99/month on a one year commitment or $74.99/month with no commitment. Single apps are $19.99/month.
Creative Suite 6 will still be available for purchase; however, it will only be updated to address bugs. More details on the improvements in the upcoming CC applications can be found here