We have heard a lot of concern about Adobe’s move to the Creative Cloud (CC). Here is what you need to know about it in relation to our products.
What is the Adobe Creative Cloud?
You can find long explanations of Adobe CC on the web, but here is my simple version. Adobe is switching their payment model. For Photoshop CS6 and earlier, you buy it and then you own it forever. In Adobe CC, you will rent it by paying a monthly fee. If you stop paying then Adobe CC products will stop working.
This is more of a pricing change than a technological change. The “cloud” part means that you get some file storage on Adobe servers and there are some collaboration features. Applications like Photoshop will run on your local computer, just like they do today. Photoshop CC will not be running on an Adobe server or in a web browser. You will be able to run Photoshop CC without an internet connection for periods of time, but occasionally you have to let it contact Adobe to confirm that your subscription is paid up.
Will Alien Skin products work with Adobe CC products?
All current products work fine with Photoshop CC. Make sure you have the latest installer from our downloads page.
We have also been testing with the pre-release version of Lightroom 5 and everything is working great. By the way, Adobe plans to keep Lightroom as a non-subscription product.
Exposure 5 is our first product that can run as a stand-alone application. You can use it by itself or within Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture. Over time we will move in that direction with all our products.
Will Alien Skin move to the subscription model?
We plan to stick with the traditional software model. For example, that means that you buy Snap Art and you own it forever. If you lose your installer then you can download it again for free at any time. If you lose your license code then you can look it up or contact tech support so we can find it for you. You can activate your software on two computers at once and you can move those activations to new computers, including switching between Mac and Windows.How long will Alien Skin products continue to support Photoshop CS6?
We understand that a non-subscription editing option is important to many of our customers. We will support CS6 in new products at least until the end of 2014.