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Adobe announces Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud

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Adobe CS6Adobe has officially announced Creative Suite 6, consisting of its popular cross-platform design applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator, amongst 12 others. Adobe also officially announced the release of its new upcoming cloud service that it calls Creative Cloud, giving subscribers access to every single CS6 app as well as additional benefits such as access to Adobe’s mobile apps (such as Photoshop Touch) and to future upgrades for a monthly fee.

A Creative Cloud subscription is not required to buy or use any of the CS6 apps, as they’ll all be available for purchase individually as well as in multiple bundles targeting different groups of customers. For example, its lowest-end Design Standard edition will be $1,299 and will include only Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat X Pro. At $1,899 you can choose between the Design & Web Premium edition or the Production Premium edition, both offering different apps relevant to the purpose of each edition. The Design & Web Premium edition contains apps such as InDesign, Fireworks, and Dreamweaver, while the Production Premium collection has Premiere Pro, After Effects and Prelude instead. If you want to purchase every single app in Adobe’s Creative Suite 6, you can do that, too, by purchasing the Master Collection for $2,599.

Creative Cloud, on the other hand, basically offers the Master Collection and some other cool bonuses for a $49.99 monthly fee when purchasing an annual subscription, or $74.99/month for a monthly subscription. Users of older Adobe Creative Suite versions from CS3 to CS5.5 are even being given a pretty significant discount on Creative Cloud, with subscriptions costing only $29.99/month for them. Creative Cloud is Adobe’s solution to integrating all of its offerings into the cloud for easier and complete access for customers with mobile devices and the need for on-demand access to everything in CS6.

All applications within Adobe’s Creative Suite 6 (as well as Creative Cloud) are now available for pre-order and are set to begin shipping within the next 30 days.

For more information, users can watch the Adobe CS6 Launch Event on Monday, April 23rd at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT). Check back with Appletell in the coming weeks for details on the CS6 products and their features.

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