One of the things we’re most excited about is how the Creative Cloud will continue to get better over time. We’re committed to Creative Cloud as a service, and that means constantly adding new features and functionality, releasing new software and services, and rolling things out quickly. Here’s a taste of what we’ve got planned in the near future.
• Creative Cloud Connection. Our first major update will come in a few weeks and include our desktop client. Connection will complete the circle, offering automatic syncing of your desktop machine. You’ll be able to edit or create files on any device and have your changes pushed everywhere else you work. Getting this right is, of course, critical. That’s why we’re releasing each component of our strategy in succession, ensuring the best possible experience as you begin using the Creative Cloud.
• Sharing and collaboration. Next, we’ll give you the ability to connect with other people as well. I’ve been spending a lot of time talking to people about how they do their work, and thinking a lot about how I collaborate with my own team. More and more, it seems that our working style feels a lot more like the social tools we use everyday. Rather than rigid processes, we embrace sharing. Rather than formal critique, we offer quick comments and “likes.” Investing in these patterns will be one of our highest priorities for the Creative Cloud. Soon, we’ll offer even more ways to connect with your colleagues and clients. You’ll be able to set sharing permissions on groups of files organized by either folders or thematic collections, build a profile out of publicly shared files, and follow the work of other members who inspire you. Shortly after that, we’ll be offering a Team Edition, including intuitive license management and permission tools so you and your coworkers can focus on creating beautiful work, not juggling your software and projects.
• Seamless workflows. We’ve also been hard at work tying all of Adobe’s tools together with services. This means we can support the entire creative process, from the initial spark of an idea through to the finished product. We’re launching our first example of this today with web publishing. Log on to Creative Cloud and you can design websites in Muse, add web fonts via Typekit, publish to our Business Catalyst hosting platform, and manage all your site’s assets with our integrated file syncing. We’ve been calling these “end-to-end workflows” and there will be more coming soon, including iPad publishing through InDesign and mobile app development using PhoneGap Build.
• Deeper integration with desktop and touch tools. Finally, every product team across Adobe is thinking about how integration with Creative Cloud can help you be more successful. That means being able to do more cool stuff when your files are stored in the cloud — file translations, back-end processing, and versioning. It also means bringing powerful sharing and collaboration features into the apps themselves. And with all of your applications connected to the cloud, you’ll have the choice to install new features and updates sooner.
This is, of course, just the beginning. We’ll be updating things continuously, but doing so in a clear and focused way. You’ll always be able to see what’s been added in the product itself, but also on this blog, our Twitter feed, and on Facebook.
We’re very interested in your thoughts on our future plans. What can we do to make all of this fit even better into the way you work? Where should we invest our time? Please let us know.