Adobe has beefed up its Creative Cloud initiative by introducing support for its Lightroom digital photography service.
The software firm launched the latest version of Photoshop Lightroom (4) in March — bringing with it a welcomed 50 percent price slash — but it can be yours for the total sum of nothing, if you’re already a Creative Cloud member.
Subscribers to the service pay $74.99 per month, or $49.99 per month on annual membership, for access to a bevy of Adobe’s top services, which include all of the new Creative Suite products, including Photoshop CS6.
Members also enjoy 20GB of space, cloud-based sharing across multiple devices and use of Acrobat and Muse services, the latter of which helps create websites without any code, as well as early access to upgrades and new services.
Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition is next on the list and, as company rep Adobe Winston Hendrickson explains, the company is not stopping there.
“Over the next few months we’ll continue to add new products and services, keeping Creative Cloud members up to date with the latest advancements in Adobe software and services.”
As we noted earlier this year, Creative Cloud is a game changer for offering real value:
For virtually every new product in Adobe’s Creative Suite 6, plus limited access to cloud storage, device sync, Business Catalyst (Adobe’s hosting service), Typekit (Adobe’s recently acquired font hosting service) and Story Plus (Adobe’s Screenplay Software) you’re paying $49.99/month. Yes, that’s $600/year you’re obliged to pay but remember that includes all future upgrades of each product.
If you were to purchase all of the products included, you’re looking at $2,599 for Adobe’s Master Collection or or $7000+ if you were to attempt to purchase a selection of the apps available individually.
So, there you have it, Adobe is placing further emphasis on the cloud-based system as it continues to diversify its business from the traditional model of buying each product piece-by-piece. The appeal behind the service is set to only grow as more support is added – if you rely on Adobe and haven’t yet joined, it is most definitely worth a look.
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