You’ve probably read this about a hundred times already today but just in case you missed it: Creative Cloud has been updated!
Before I joined Adobe (can’t believe it’s been more than 6 years already) I was a freelance multi-media do-it-all. I did everything from DVD authoring to video & audio editing to 3D animations to Flash development to interactive museum installation and more. Creative Cloud is like a dream come true for me. For one low monthly price you get every creative app Adobe makes. Even if you’re currently not a do-it-all having access to all those apps gives you the opportunity to get your feet wet and learn something new. Creative Cloud even offers you online tutorials that will help get you started in no time.
So what are my favorite features of Creative Cloud?
1. All the new Edge Tools & Services
I spend a lot of time with web standards these days and our new Edge tools & services are a blessing. Edge Code is constantly open on my desktop. I love how easy it is to quickly look up a CSS class, make changes and immediately see the result in your browser and on connected devices using Edge Inspect. Edge Animate makes it easy to do animations with web standards and with motion paths, templates, and more this update is the best yet! The star of the Edge Tools & Services is really Edge Reflow. While Reflow is still in preview it already is the best tool out there that will help you create beautiful and responsive designs for the web. More about the Edge Tools & Services on http://html.adobe.com/edge/
2. Cinema 4D Lite
Cinema 4D Lite is now included in your Creative Cloud membership and has a direct pipeline to After Effects. I love playing around with After Effects & 3D and this makes it so much easier.
3. Refine Edge in After Effects
This has to be magic. I’m going to have to track down the person who built this ‘cause I think it may be voodoo magic. The Rotobrush was already an amazing tool but now with the addition of the Refine Edge tool you can create great looking masks in no time.
4. Shake Reduction in Photoshop CC
More magic…! It was previewed (and a big hit) at MAX 2011 and now it’s available for all Creative Cloud members.
5. Creative Cloud
You know what… I really can’t pick 5 favorites. There is so much cool stuff in the new versions of our creative apps and I wouldn’t do them justice by only picking a handful of favorites. Adobe TV has a whole bunch of videos that will show you all the new goodies in the new Creative Cloud apps but the best way to experience them is to try them. More info on creative.adobe.com!