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Adobe cans Creative Suite as Photoshop moves to subscription only model

Also announces its first hardware
Tue May 07 2013, 11:20
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Adobe announced plans to discontinue Creative Suite on Monday as it shifts its focus to a cloud based model.

Speaking at its Max 2013 conference in Los Angeles on Monday, Adobe said that it will not release any new versions of its Creative Suite (CS) software. Instead, the firm is shifting its focus to Creative Cloud (CC), which means that its products such as Photoshop and Illustrator will be available as subscription only, a change that the firm said is effective immediately.

Pricing starts at $49.99 per month for those who sign up to an annual membership, while existing customers of CS3 through to CS5.5 will get their first year for $29.99. For those who want access to a single app, such as Photoshop, pricing starts at $9.99 for a limited time only.

Adobe said it will launch a new set of desktop applications including Photoshop CC, Indesign CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC and Premier Pro CC on 17 June.

David Wadhwani, SVP and GM of digital media at Adobe said, "Creative Cloud brings together everything you need to create your best work. We're delivering incredible new versions of our desktop tools, services that take publishing content to the next level and we're making it easier than ever for creatives to collaborate and share their work worldwide.

"Creative Cloud is a destination that champions inspiring work and builds lasting connections within a vibrant global creative community."

As well as focusing on the cloud, Adobe also looks to focus on hardware, having announced its first physical product at its Max conference on Monday. The firm unveiled the Project Mighty stylus and Napoleon ruler, essentially a pressure sensitive stylus and ruler than can aid creating certain shapes. Adobe hasn't committed to producing the products yet, though. µ


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