Comments from two "TheRegister" articles. Acron is clearly an "unofficial" Adobe face.http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/57053/http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/3 ... for_cloud/
Posted in Users grumble after Adobe cancels Acrobat X Suite
Posted Thursday 18th October 2012 10:38 GMT
OK, you asked...
I explained the situation as it currently stands on Adobe's forum (link in the article). Acrobat X Suite was launched at a time when access to the other products required purchase of each one at retail prices, so the bundle offered a discount for those who needed to work with specific types of documentation. It wasn't aimed at the target Acrobat customer, and the arrival of Creative Cloud means there's now a better option to get access to Photoshop, Media Encoder etc. as well as things like Illustrator and Bridge, which were never in AXS (though personally I think they should have been). Adobe wants people to migrate to Creative Cloud - I'm not saying if I agree, but it's how things are.
Acrobat X Pro (and Suite) customers on Windows who upgrade to Acrobat XI Pro get a free upgrade to LiveCycle Designer ES3, so in effect that product is still in the 'bundle', just not in the same download. Again, very few customers ever used it, so it makes sense to reduce the install footprint by slicing it off into a separate line item.
eLearning Suite is also not aimed at typical Acrobat users, it's for people who create courseware for deployment to SCORM systems. As such it includes specialist tools (Captivate and Presenter) that aren't in Creative Cloud, and other stuff Acrobat X Suite ever had. It's also available on subscription, but I don't see eLS as a 1:1 replacement for AXS. Yes, the product pages need changing to better explain all this.
Expect lots of downvotes, but you asked for an explanation so I'm giving you one.
Posted in Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only
Posted Tuesday 7th May 2013 10:15 GMT
I'm not going near the question of Creative Cloud pricing, but I can dispel some myths:
1) The mandatory move to CC only affects those products we have in the current "CS6" range. Bundled products without a CS6 badge (including Lightroom and Acrobat, plus all the "Elements" versions) will continue to be available under perpetual licenses as they are now, and there are NO plans to change that.
2) Enterprise and educational licenses for CC will be available, in addition to the current personal and team plans. Rollout of CC to multiple machines will be a lot simpler than it seems, and you can run CC alongside any previous version of CS or point product with the sole exception of Acrobat.
3) CC normally pings the activation server once every 30 days. It will run offline for 60 days before deactivating, and there are plans to support users who may be offline for several months at a time. CC desktop apps do *not* run in the cloud so your files don't need to be uploaded for editing, nor is the computing done on the CC network (actually CC runs on Amazon's platform),. There are new features which do of course require a live Web connection (for example the ability to download and install any of the TypeKit fonts on demand, or publishing to Behance) but anything you can do now offline, you can still do offline with CC.
4) All paid CC members will have access to a select set of archived versions of the desktop apps. Starting with CS6, select older versions of the desktop creative apps will be archived and available for download. Archived versions are provided “as is” and are not updated to work with the latest hardware and software platforms but ensure you can work with legacy versions of file formats and plugins.
5) CC users have up to one year to apply each released update, so if you have a reason to hold off (for example waiting for a plugin to become compatible) that's fine.
6) If you stop paying the subscription then of course your software stops working. Any files you have stored in the Cloud above the free 2GB limit will need to be downloaded before they're erased, and bundled packages such as ProSite will be closed (unless you pay separately). The rules on expiry of font licenses are more complex, details will be posted on Adobe's website before launch.
7) Moving forward, the 'CC' brand is fixed. There won't be "CC2" next year, etc. - but each product retains its internal version numbering system so users (and plugins) can tell which build they're running.
There are no announcements about the enterprise product ranges (LiveCycle, Media Server, etc.) - you can assume they remain the same in terms of licensing.
Re: Whats missing...
> It just seems so obvious, I don't why Adobe haven't jumped on it.
Already did. We've been able to remote-control the tool and color mixer for a desktop instance of Photoshop using a network-linked iPad for a while now - visit photoshop.com and look at "Nav" and "Color Lava". I can't comment on timescales for Android support, but it's on the radar.