Graphicdesign.com breaks down Adobe Creative Cloud’s new pricing plan. Rafiq Elmansy discusses the pros and cons – is the Creative Cloud membership worth it? Or should consumers continue to pay one-time fees?
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) June 05, 2012
Members of the graphic design community may know about the rollout of Adobe Creative Cloud. With monthly and annual purchase plans available, Creative Cloud has puzzled several members of the industry. Is either the $49.99 per month annual plan or the $74.99 month-to-month plan worth it? And what are the pros and cons?
Enter Rafiq Elmansy, a featured writer on GraphicDesign.com and an official Adobe Community Professional. He’s in touch with new Adobe products as an expert and has published “Photoshop 3D for Animators.” Elmansy gave GraphicDesign.com readers an inside scoop on the cost-effectiveness and benefits of Adobe Creative Cloud in an exclusive article published on Monday.
The Cloud membership includes access to titles applications like Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, and Muse. As Elmansy pointed out, the application checks for membership status through an internet connection.
“When you get an Adobe Creative Cloud Membership,” wrote Elmansy, “with the monthly activation scheme, you will be able to download any of the Adobe applications and its updates. However, many people including myself prefer to work without being restricted to the monthly activation process”.
Members of Adobe’s Cloud service can also take advantage of cloud storage. Rather than use applications like Dropbox, Adobe simplifies the sharing process. Elmansy explained, “This is one of the greatest features of the Creative Cloud membership because many users need to work on different computers and share projects on their various devices and with other team members. The Cloud storage gives you a central location where you can save and retrieve your work easily from anywhere with flexibility.”
The traditional Adobe purchasing process necessitates delivery of a DVD, whereas Creative Cloud allows instantaneous downloads and updates. The author asserted, “Many users, like me, cannot wait a week or two to receive a DVD and prefer to download the software from the Adobe server directly without any further delay.”
Is a Creative Cloud membership worth it? Or should consumers continue to pay one-time fees? Elmansy concluded that the answer ultimately depends on the end user: “Choosing between them only depends on your own needs and requirements. The Adobe Creative Cloud membership is one of Adobe’s brand new services that may or may not meet your requirements, but it will surely be enhanced with time and according to your feedback.”
At the end of the article, GraphicDesign.com readers can answer several interactive poll questions. With an ever-growing desire to engage its membership, GraphicDesign.com editors ask readers whether they would consider buying the Cloud membership, whether its pricing is on point, and what the most alluring features are.
Visit GraphicDesign.com for more information and to get the dish on Adobe Creative Cloud. The article and poll can be found HERE.
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