Creative Cloud CS6!

Adobe unleashed CS6 today which has upgrades for all the beloved Adobe programs like Photoshop, In Design, Illustrator, and my new love Premiere Pro (to happily replace Apple's Final Cut Pro X).  But they also fully released the Creative Cloud, which is a subscription based pay as you go service from Adobe.  For $49.99 per month, you have all the adobe programs as up-to-date versions. That is right.  For that low cost, you basically have access to the Master Collection which retails for $2599.00.  Since you don't have a calculator in front of you, it would take you 52 months at $50 to reach that retail price.  So what is the deal . . . well Adobe is finally catching on that their software is super over priced and they are losing customers because of it.  Ah, but the real reason is to stop piracy.  With such cheap access to the suite, isn't better to pay $50, and have legit full fledged design access with no problems, crashing, or viruses, than try and get a bootleg copy that doesn't work right, crashes, and causes viruses to spread like the computer apocalypse.  Good move Adobe, well played.  Here is a video link on what this is all about. . .


One more thing, Lightroom is not included in this . . . yet.

Photoshop CS6 Beta Released

The new dawn is about to be upon us.  Draw your swords and get ready for some battle with the the new Adobe Photoshop CS6.  Challenges you will face include, a darker, PS Elements inspired interface, a new crop tool (snooze), and the ability to have more editing features for video within photoshop (double snooze).  If you choose to accept, you can download the beta version for free at the link below.  The video below is the infamous Russell Brown, Photoshop Guru, walking us through the "exciting" new features.

My overall first impressions of CS6 is that content aware move and the new features in the Raw convertor are where the winning new options are.  Other than that, all the other new features are nothing to boast about.  For example, the new blur features that mimic a tilt shift lens are nothing to wow about since you can buy an app that does it for $0.99. Besides, if you really wanted to do that, you always could have if you know how to use photoshop.  I think Adobe is running out of ideas and it really shows in this release.  Please, please do yourselves a favor Adobe, price this Photoshop to actually be affordable so that you will gain more new users rather than deter.   Currently, I'm not interested in upgrading.

Download CS6 Beta: