I decided to take the plunge and sign up for the new Adobe Creative Cloud service. I’ve been trying to decide if I should upgrade and just get the CS 6 software, or if I should try the Creative Cloud. If, like me, you already have version of one of the Creative Suites (CS3 and above) you can get your first year at only $29.99 (+ tax possibly, depending on where you live) per month (you have to sign up for a year to get this deal). This is considerably cheaper than the upgrade price, and I get to try out some of the other software, like Muse. (Sure, I could try it out for 30 days, but I’m sure I’ll want to futz with it for more than 30 days, since I won’t get to play with it fully in one month).
As you may know, when you sign up, you get to download the programs and install them on your system (you are not running them from the web, just downloading them). You start by downloading the Adobe Application Manager, which lets you choose what you want to download.
I wanted to try out Dreamweaver first, so I started with that, then clicked Install on most of the rest. Depending on your download speed, it might take a while to get everything – it took about 3 hours for me to get almost everything, and I have a fairly fast connection. Once a program is downloaded, it’s automatically installed.
You can then run the app from there, or as you normally would from the Dock or your Application folder.
I have several Dreamweaver plug-ins, but didn’t see the Extension Manager in the list of programs to download. Fortunately, that’s automatically installed, as I took a look in my Applications folder after Dreamweaver was installed. I was able to re-install my plug-ins easily, as the Extension Manager asked if I wanted to migrate my old installs. However, it doesn’t mark them as Enabled by default, so don’t forget to enable them before you go.
There’s apparently enough interaction between the programs that you can’t run some of them while installing another (I was warned while the Extension Manager and Dreamweaver were running that the install needed them sent away).
Adobe really wants this experiment – switching to a subscription model – to work. It’s obvious they want to shake up the old order. They’ve set up the pricing and extras that it’s certainly tempting over buying the software, but you should take a look for yourself to see if it makes sense for you. There’s plenty of info at the link above.