Adobe’s Creative Cloud may be a subscription service with updates that roll out at regular intervals, but once a year, the company also announces a major update to all of the Creative Cloud apps. This year’s milestone update brings a number of new features to virtually all of the Creative Cloud apps, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and others, but it also marks the launch of Adobe Stock, the company’s new stock content service based on its acquisition of Fotolia.
As Adobe’s Scott Morris, the senior marketing director for Creative Cloud, told us, the company decided to stick with these major updates to give those users who don’t yet subscribe to Creative Cloud the option to buy an upgrade for their boxed versions. In addition, these milestone updates also give Adobe a set time to make major changes to the apps that could break existing plugins, for example.
During the year, Adobe won’t make any breaking changes, but these milestone updates may mean that third-party developers have to update their services. In addition, this is also the time when Adobe can drop support for old operating systems, too (which isn’t happening with this update).
Adobe introduces a few new signature features with every update. This year, the launch of Adobe Stock is clearly one of these. It’s a major new initiative for the company and opens up a new revenue source for Adobe. You can check out in-depth look at the company’s new stock content marketplace here.
For Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC, that’s the dehaze filter, which it first previewed at its MAX conference last year. Photoshop is also getting a significantly faster healing brush and improved path tools.
Photoshop also now features support for artboards. Using this tool, designers who work on mobile and web apps can create multiple artboards for different layouts in a single document (maybe for different iPhone screen sizes, for example).