Adobe has announced Creative Cloud. They describe it as: “A hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work and it is centered around a powerful release of Adobe Creative Suite® 6 software packed with innovation across design, Web, video and digital imaging tools.”

It will cost just under $600 a year on a subscription basis (paid monthly but sold as a year commitment) and will offer full access to just about everything Adobe has for sale.

You’ll get CS6 and two new HTML5 products (Adobe Muse and Adobe Edge.) You’ll also get their tablet program Photoshop Touch which allows you to move everything to the cloud.

Members have immediate access to Adobe Typekit, the Web-based font library that pioneered the use of real fonts on websites, delivering more than 700 typefaces from leading foundries.

One bit of exciting news is that Adobe will include tools that make it very easy for the non-programmer to create mobile apps for both iOS and Android.

All application upgrades are included during the subscription period and subscribers to the Creative Cloud will get upgrades before the people who own standalone products. Cloud members will also get first access to new products.

Adobe Creative Cloud membership is US$49.99 per month, with an annual contract. A special introductory offer of US$29.99 per month for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 individual customers is also available.

The replay of the launch event for Adobe Creative Cloud and CS6  will be available at http://tv.adobe.com beginning today.

If you just want standard, standalone products they are still going to be available from Adobe.t More information on product pricing is available at www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite.html.

It seems that Adobe is trying to add more value to the price package and to offer some services that compete with Apple’s iCloud. It appears to be a well thought-out effort and worthy of consideration. To have access to everything Adobe makes at this price is exciting to me. Casual photographers might not need this extensive a solution and may wish to stick with Lightroom 4, Aperture, iPhoto or Elements.

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