I've had cause to take another look at the Adobe CC
, due to the need to get Adobe Premier Pro.
Turns out I was eligible to purchase a complete package at an educational price of £15 per month (inc. VAT), which looks pretty attractive compared to £600 for a stand alone version. Plus of course I get the latest Photoshop etc. Financially it made sense to me - essentially I get 3.5 years use of Premiere for the cost of the standalone (which would probably want updating at the end of that time anyway) and the latest Photoshop and everything else for free. Couldn't argue with the numbers, so I decided to drink the Kool-Aid.
Intertestingly, applying for the educational price was very straight forward - I just entered the name of my insitution and role. I was not asked to provide any confirmation or proof of eligibility. Perhaps they'll do this later? Or perhaps they know my CS5 is educational, so just carried it over (though I have changed organisations). I recall that previously getting the educational rate a bit of a pain.
Anyway, the process was very painless and quick. If you're on Windows 7 or higher you get a Cloud App which makes it easy to download software and receive updates etc. I had Premeire, Photoshop and Bridge downloaded and installed within an hour or so. My existing CS5 and Premiere elements caused no problems, and are still on my PC
Once downloaded, the software runs exactly like it does in a normal installation, nothing to suggest you're "in the cloud" (because you aren't when using the software).
I do have some concerns on where this might go in the future, but for now, the financial aspect was too appealling to ignore.
I have had a quick play with PS CC
- quite a few differences over CS5, some cosmetic, some real. Smart sharpen now includes noise supression which looks promising.
The antishake feature is interesting - it claims to be able to counter the effects of blur caused by camera shake - and at one level it seems to work surprisingly well. However, it does, to my mind introduce a somewhat unnatural look and is obviously processed. I doubt the results would be acceptable here. However, if you had a special memory shot spoiled by shake, I think the results of the anti-shake filter could result in an acceptable small print.
Early days - much more to investigate!
Colin K. Work, Pixstel