Cloud-busting! 8 Creative Cloud myths debunked

Adobe evangelist Terry White puts the record straight about the company's cloud-based service.

Since Adobe launched Creative Cloud there has been much discussion on how it works and what it includes, and inevitably some incorrect assumptions are made. Here are the top eight myths about the service - each one debunked by Adobe evangelist Terry White.

01. The software runs in the browser

When people hear 'cloud' they get visions of running applications in a web browser. While that may be the case with other cloud offerings, it's not the case with Creative Cloud. Creative Cloud members download and install their Apps as Adobe customers always have. The apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and even the new app Muse runs from your hard drive, not from the cloud.

02. You have to be constantly online

You use apps like Lightroom CC from your desktop not your browser, and don't have to be connected to the internet

Once we get past the fact that you download the apps and install them on your hard drive, people still sometimes think that they need to be connected to the internet to actually run the apps. This is not true. Your apps not only install on your hard drive, they also can very much run offline.

Your computer does have to connect to the internet once a month to verify that your membership is still current, but that's it. Once that check has happened you can disconnect. You will need to be online when you install and license your software. If you have an annual membership, you'll be asked to connect to the web to validate your software licenses every 30 days. But, you'll be able to use products for 99 days even if you're offline.

03. Your clients/colleagues have to be members

With your Creative Cloud membership you get 20GB of cloud storage. You can use this storage to sync files between your devices and access them via the Touch apps like Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas. If you place files in your Creative Cloud folder on your hard drive those files will not only be accessible when you’re offline, but you can also log into and share them.

Once you decide to share a file you can email a link to your colleagues or clients and they will be able to view your file in their web browser even if they’ve never heard of Creative Cloud or the Adobe applications you used to create them. They don't have to create an account or register for anything.

04. You'll lose all my files if you leave

When you create files with the various creative apps from Adobe, the files are yours. Adobe doesn't take any ownership or copyright of those files. If you decide to no longer be a Creative Cloud member then you won't have access to your Creative Cloud applications anymore, but if you've got previous CS app versions, you'll be able to open your files provided that you've saved them down to compatible formats with your older applications or other third-party applications.

If you ever decided to re-join Creative Cloud you'll have access to the latest Creative Apps again and you'll be able to continue working on your files.

05. You have to use latest versions of apps

You don't have to use the latest versions - but if you want the latest tools like intelligent upsampling then it's better to!

With Adobe Creative Cloud you will always have access to the latest Adobe Creative Applications, but you aren't forced to upgrade. You can continue to run whichever versions of the software that you want until you are ready to upgrade. This is crucial for workflows that involve working with clients or vendors that may not be on the latest versions of the software.

Creative Cloud paid members 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, but not updated for the latest operating systems.

06. If you have a Mac and PC, you'll have to join Creative Cloud twice

With Creative Cloud you're allowed to install the software on up to two of your computers. Just like you are able to do with the Creative Suite applications. However, unlike Creative Suite, Creative Cloud allows you to download and install either the Mac or Windows versions for each computer. This is great for people that have say a Windows PC at work, but a Mac at home.

07. You have to pay monthly

The biggest myth about Creative Cloud is that you must pay monthly - not true

You can buy a year of Creative Cloud at once.

08. It's a lot of money if you just want Photoshop

You can get a Single App membership for the individual application of your choice for less. There's even a lower price for CS3-CS6 users. You can see all the plans by heading to

Words: Terry White

This article was originally published in The Ultimate Guide To Adobe Creative Cloud.

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