5 Reasons why you Should want to Leave CS6 Behind
Breaking up doesn’t have to be tough – especially when the alternative is even better
By Guest Blogger Greg Reeder
Way back in September 2003, Adobe launched the Creative Suite line of applications. The very first premium edition included just nine products. Since then (about every two years) the CS collection has evolved. Across six major versions, the Creative family of products grew and even added industry-changing production platforms, such as Premiere Pro. Designers designed, photographers captured, and editors produced.
Then things changed.
In May of 2013, Adobe introduced a new concept. The Creative software morphed into a subscription-based, cloud-capable model, with rolling updates and enhancements. The new line of creative products was introduced as Creative Cloud.
For some, this shift caused some confusion; for others: angst.
However, Creative Cloud has since gained wider recognition and a deeper understanding among the one million-plus user base. Part of this acceptance stems from having long-term access to continued enhancements on some of the world’s best design, digital imaging, video production, illustration, and web development software.
While there are many reasons to make the shift from CS6 to Creative Cloud, for government users the pathway is fairly straightforward. Five of the top points to consider are outlined below.
- Set Yourself Free – from maintenance costs. For many, especially government employees, perpetual licenses have an additional maintenance and support cost. With Creative Cloud, under the Joint Enterprise License Agreement for example, there is only one cost per license. Included in that price is 24×7 technical support, expert services (outlined below) and access to continual product updates. The new pricing model drastically reduces the cost of ownership over any previous versions of Creative Suite – especially if you’re still using that old copy of CS4 you just can’t seem to break away from.
- No More Version Envy. Having previous versions of Creative Suite sometimes meant experiencing version envy about every 2 years — when the newest release of CS came out. There was tremendous interest in using the amazing new technology Adobe introduced – which saved time, enabled better content and unlocked even more creativity. Unfortunately, this also meant buying, yet another upgrade or perhaps a whole new version of a tool or a suite of tools. Many would postpone their upgrade – forced to decide between producing better content and saving money. Creative Cloud solved this by offering all users access to the latest and greatest updates as soon as they are released. For government users without open access to the cloud, these updates are still available (even on a closed network), thanks to the Creative Cloud Packager – a tool that allows custom builds and centralized management of all application enhancements and updates.
- Get Improvements – more than a thousand so far. While the original Creative Suite started with just nine applications, Creative Cloud launched with more than 22 applications and enhancements to the tried-and-true apps used by millions. In June 2014, Adobe released even more capabilities for CC, such as an improved graphics engine for Photoshop, updates to the already-magical content aware tools, and many new filters and image adjustment toolsets. Illustrator made curves, shapes, paths, live corners and the ability to do even more with vector graphics a reality. And the list goes on-and-on with changes, enhancements, tweaks and updates across the entire line of major applications – all included in the subscription cost. Each tool also now offers a solid collection of online tutorials.
- Unlimited access to Experts – the big brains of creativity tools. The Adobe JELA contract (as well as Creative Cloud for Enterprise) allows all users direct access to one-on-one Expert Services sessions with Adobe experts to help tackle any advanced advice and training you need on any of the tools within Creative Cloud. Whether you need to know how to better leverage the document signature or form capabilities of Acrobat Professional XI, how to do advanced layering and transformations in Photoshop, the methods to use masks in Premiere to isolate a specific person — anything — with Creative Cloud you have access to the people that build, design and manage the tools you need help with.
- Tell your story even better — across all platforms. The most important requirement of many government agencies is to communicate better. Whether you have a need for responsive design, mobile app development, compelling photography, or any other method or platform to connect with your audience, Adobe’s Creative Cloud tools will help. Creative Cloud is now used by law enforcement for forensics, the intelligence community for better collaboration, and state and local governments for improved efficiency. Shifting to the new capabilities within Creative Cloud opens a new realm of options for many areas of government (e.g. Section 508 Compliance, document security, citizen engagement). Examples to emulate beyond government can help relate to the power of CC too. Stories from architects, design firms, business and even Hollywood film production (Gone Girl is the first Hollywood feature-length film cut entirely in Premiere Pro) can lead to parallels to what you may need from creative solutions as well.
If you’re using CS, the shift to CC will open a world of capabilities, enhancements, and new technology; on a path to even more features and opportunities ahead.
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