In the interest of offering some help rather than asking for it for a change, I thought I'd offer my first impressions on using the new Adobe
Creative Cloud system. I don't know quite how new it may be, but it's entirely new to me and I wish I'd opened this up much sooner.
As some may recall seeing me mention, I'm a middle age college student on the stereo-type chart and working for a 'graphic design and technology'
Associates degree before moving up to a higher level major in the same field later. As such, I've had a quandary, as so many in my position do. The
software flat out required to be mastered in this field is EXPENSIVE! The full retail price for Adobe CS 6 Master is over $2,000!
A student discount brings that down below $1,000 but to a meager student, that is all the King's gold for a piece of software!
Now there do exist free solutions. Gimp is a free version of Illustrator for comparisons and Inkscape is like Indesign. However, work arounds and
cheap fixes are trouble at best when simply learning the software under perfect conditions is a handful and then some.
So, I sat here wondering...as I enjoyed a rather ..ahem..long trial period on my Adobe stuff...How can I use Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop Extended
AND After Effects together and without going broke? That combination, with AE thrown in just throws out their 'suite' packages anyway.
Well, in times past......there wasn't an acceptable solution! Pirating ..is NOT...a solution. Not in today's academic world of everything *MUST* be
100% right, proper and by the numbers.
Let me share what I came to share:
Adobe Creative Cloud!:
Freedom to create
An Adobe® Creative Cloud™ Student and Teacher Edition membership gives you access to every Adobe Creative Suite® 6 desktop application, plus
online services and other new apps as they're released, giving you the freedom to create anything you can
$29 a month......vs. upwards of $1,000 on the student price and over $2,000 without student status. I'm the first one to say I am really tired and
monthly 'fee''ed half to death......but in this case, it's a solution to a near intractable problem for any students in the design field. How to
exist in a world where we got squat for money and everything needed costs a fortune.
I hope this offers a solution my school hadn't even mentioned to the classes I've heard....and I now have the entire master suite sitting here,
downloaded and working.
It runs home to momma to check my right to keep using them at least once per MONTH. So you DO NOT need active internet connection to use them
24/7......and two computers can run it at any given time, just not at the SAME time as I understand the terms. Kinda like Steam in some ways.
Home/Dorm computer and Laptop is what this allows for. Home, in my case...and a laptop with a blazing SSD to handle the level of programs here on
graphics and 3-D rendering.
So...before throwing one's hands up and just accepting the Photoshop Extended ($189 by itself on student discount) let alone the whole suite is
entirely out of reach.....this is at least something to look at. I'm not sure how this could have worked for me any other way, given the diverse
program requirements this semester.
Good luck in everyone's studies and work out there!