has delivered a number of announcements at its MAX 2011 conference, including partnerships, acquisitions, and new products. Arguably the most compelling of the bunch is the company’s new Creative Cloud
, which is essentially hosted versions of many of its most popular content creation software, including Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver.
Users will also get 20GB of storage of online storage and access to services including help with interactive publishing on tablets, elements of Adobe Business Catalyst, design services, and more.
Adobe will also be building some community aspects into Creative Cloud so users can view and share each others’ work and collaborate on discussions and idea creation via user forums.
Pricing will be announced in November, although the press release states that it will be “a highly attractive price”.
Adobe Unveils Creative Cloud
Company Radically Re-imagines Creative Software
LOS ANGELES — Oct. 3, 2011 — At its MAX 2011 technology conference, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Creative Cloud, a major new initiative from the company that radically redefines the content creation process. Adobe Creative Cloud will become the focal point for creativity, where millions can access desktop and tablet applications, essential creative services, and share their best work. Adobe Creative Cloud is being announced in parallel with a new set of Adobe Touch Apps for content creation on tablet devices (see separate release). These stunning new apps bring professional-level creativity to millions of tablet users – from consumers to creative professionals – and utilize hosted cloud-based services to share files, view them across devices or transfer work into Adobe Creative Suite® software for further refinement.
"Adobe Creative Cloud reinvents creative expression by enabling a new generation of services for creativity and publishing, that embrace touch interaction to re-imagine how individuals interact with creative tools and build deeper social connections between creatives around the world,” said Kevin Lynch, chief technology officer at Adobe. "The move to the Creative Cloud is a major component in the transformation of Adobe.”
Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud
The initial introduction of Adobe Creative Cloud is centered around an innovative collection of Adobe Touch Apps that re-imagine creative software for the mobile age and enable tablet devices to be an integral part of the creative process. Adobe Creative Cloud will become the hub for viewing, sharing and syncing of files created by Adobe Touch Apps and Adobe Creative Suite, and includes 20GB of cloud storage. It will quickly develop into a service that will deliver access to Adobe’s flagship creative applications and services and become an essential resource for anyone interested in creativity – all at a highly attractive price. By early 2012, Adobe Creative Cloud is expected to include the following:
* Applications – Access to the portfolio of Adobe Creative Suite tools as well as the six Adobe Touch Apps announced today. The offering will include industry-leading desktop tools such as Photoshop®, InDesign®, Illustrator®, Dreamweaver®, Premiere® Pro, After Effects® and innovative new tools such as Adobe Edge and Muse.
* Services – Key Adobe Digital Publishing Suite technologies, for delivering interactive publications on tablets; a tier of Adobe Business Catalyst, for building and managing websites; and new design services, such as the ability to use cloud-based fonts for website design, via technology acquired by Adobe through its acquisition today of Typekit Inc. (see separate release).
* Community – Capabilities that encourage creatives to present and share their work and ideas with peers around the world and a forum for feedback and inspiration that will foster connections between creative people. Adobe Creative Cloud will become a focal point for anyone creative.
Pricing and Availability
Pricing details regarding Adobe Creative Cloud and its expanded capabilities around applications, services and community will be announced in November 2011. For more information, visit http://www.adobe.com/go/creativecloud. Adobe will continue to offer all its creative products as standalone offerings, including Adobe Creative Suite editions and flagship individual products such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver.