Adobe just revealed (via The Verge) pricing information and more details on its new cloud-based offering called Creative Cloud.
Announced last October along new touch apps for tablets, Creative Cloud is billed as a service that “radically redefines the content creation process” by offering a central web-based repository to store, share and view content across devices. Prices start at $49.99 a month, which buys you a one-year access to 20GB of cloud storage shared across the upcoming Creative Suite 6 apps. This translates into an annual fee of $600 versus the $2,000 (or much less) for the CS license, which could lure those who consider CS too pricey (assuming you only use a license for a year or two).
A membership also gets you all the Creative Suite tools, Adobe Touch Apps and services, device syncing capabilities, in addition to new features, products, and services as soon as they are released. It also includes Lightroom 4 (once it exits beta) and the new Muse and Edge web authoring tools. Volume licensing for businesses will be available this fall for $69.99 a month per seat.
A Creative Cloud membership is also the fastest way to grab latest software updates. Those who buy Creative Suite 6 through traditional retail channels will have to wait the next major release to get the latest stuff. A monthly fee covers the license allowing you to download and install individual Creative Suite 6 apps on up to two different machines, when they are released later this year. Also included are apps such as web-hosting service Business Catalyst, Typekit and Digital Publishing Suite that lets you create native iPad programs. Adobe will roll out Creative Cloud alongside Creative Suite 6 worldwide in the first half of this year.
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