Creative Cloud 2015 has been released, and you’re probably anxious to click the Update button on your CC desktop app. Here are a few things you should know before you do:
CC 2015 is a major version upgrade not a minor version update. This means CC 2015 apps are completely new standalone versions of your favorite software. This is the third major version release since the official introduction of Creative Cloud.
CC 2015 apps can coexist with their previous versions, except for Acrobat & Muse. If you’re currently using plugins for certain Adobe apps, you may wish to retain the previous version until the plugin has been updated for CC 2015. (IT may also wish to test CC 2015 before releasing into production environments).
NOTE – CC 2015 removes previous versions by default. (Based on customer feedback this is a change from the CC 2014 release last year)
Wait, I know what your asking.
“What if I don’t want to remove previous versions?”
When clicking the Update button for the first time, you will have an chance to modify settings under Advanced Options. Simply uncheck the option “Remove old versions” to retain the previous version of an app. Don’t worry if you missed this and upgraded your apps. You can always reinstall an older version if necessary.
NOTE – If you are a DPS (Digital Publishing Suite) customer, you may want to keep InDesign CC 2014 while looking at updating your existing digital apps.
My favorite Adobe app, Photoshop, is 25 years strong today. The landscape for creatives has changed dramatically over the years. It’s not just about powerful desktop computing options anymore. Generation C has the expectation that they can work from anywhere at anytime. With that in mind, here are some Creative Cloud options for image editing on the go:
Photoshop Express – one of the first mobile versions available on the iPhone, Photoshop Express has a combination of quick “looks” and editing controls to tweak those Instagram photos before you post.
Photoshop Touch – I wrote an article on Photoshop Touch when it was first released. A good set of selection tools, layer editing, and effects will help you create design comps on the go.
Photoshop Touch for iPhone – this friendlier version for small screens makes for anyone not using a phablet.
Photoshop Mix – an easier way to creatively composite using the power of Creative Cloud. A simpler streamlined approach to images when compared to Photoshop Touch, Mix leverages cloud services to do the heavy graphic lifting.
Photoshop Sketch – for the doodler in all of us, with the power to push your creative potential. Sketch works with Adobe Brush, and integrates with Behance.
Aviary Photo Editor – now part of the Adobe family, this all around editor includes “looks”, stickers, and other fun items to add to your images.
A primary benefit of Creative Cloud is ongoing feature releases for desktop apps. The Creative Cloud Packager allows IT to manage those updates, deploying in a manner best suited for their company environment. It can be tough keeping up with every release so I’ve provided a list of popular CC apps with links to their “What’s New” timeline.
Creative Cloud Desktop App
Photoshop CC | Lightroom CC | Illustrator CC | InDesign CC | Acrobat DC & Acrobat XI
Dreamweaver CC | Muse CC | Flash CC | Premiere Pro CC | After Effects CC