Adobe Changes Availability of Creative Cloud Applications, Concerning?

Adobe Changes Availability of Creative Cloud Applications, Concerning?

Adobe has announced changes to their Creative Cloud applications. From now on, Creative Cloud customers will only have direct download access to the two most recent major versions of Creative Cloud desktop applications.

Creative Cloud changes applications availability. Source: Adobe

For Creative Cloud users it was possible to download older versions of the applications included in their subscription. Not anymore. On Wednesday, May 8th, Adobe’s CC communications team published the following note on their blog:

A Creative Cloud subscription offers numerous benefits, including frequent product updates with new features and capabilities, critical bug fixes and important security updates. We recommend all customers use the latest release of Creative Cloud for optimal performance and benefits.

Please note that going forward, Creative Cloud customers will only have direct download access (from the Creative Cloud Desktop app and Adobe.com) to the two most recent major versions of Creative Cloud desktop applications.*

Focusing our efforts on the latest two major releases of Creative Cloud applications, which the vast majority of Adobe customers are already using, will further enable us to develop the features and functionality most requested by customers and ensure peak performance and benefits across Windows and Mac operating systems. Business customers in need of an older version of a Creative Cloud application should contact their IT Administrator to see if one is available.

*Exception: Only the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat is available for download.

This decision might cause some problems for some Creative Cloud users who wanted to continue using an older version of Premiere Pro or other CC applications.

Adobe, of course, always wants their customers to use the latest version of their applications. With Premiere Pro there is, however, a lot of feedback from filmmakers reporting about stability issues with the latest versions. Personally, I also use Premiere Pro CC and I usually don’t download the latest version right away, as I am worried it may contain stability issues.

Source: Adobe

What do you think of Adobe’s recent decision? Is it going to be limiting for your work? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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Clayton Moore
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May 14th, 2019

Support is VERY expensive and even if you had an option to pay for an app that no longer had free support, between the apps and OS and the computer they run on, the more a company can scale down the whole system the better for them. At the same time, if you don’t allow versions of applications that people find more stable, then you (the company) had better be very proactive to make your “supported” versions run right!

John Foltz
John Foltz
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May 13th, 2019

Adobe CC is very difficult to use in higher education. Pricing, licensing and backward compatibility create nightmares when we teach. Opening older projects is a drag and having labs updated at a slower frequency than student computers makes the whole thing a mess.

 Brian DeViteri
Brian DeViteri
Member
May 13th, 2019

Adobe has already been warning people with older versions NOT to install updates to those versions because it would remove functionality with certain features due to licensing. This was clearly provided in the blue link under the individual update for all older versions. Believe this impacted everything from CC 2017 and previous.

If they CUT OFF access to CC 2014 or CC 2015 versions (or prior), that’s when an uproar is warranted. As it stands currently, if users have those versions installed and they continue to function as-is (without further updates) I do not see a problem with this. It had to eventually happen and you cannot expect them to continue offering 10+ versions of software forever.

Pepo
Pepo
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May 13th, 2019

Adobe has a worse policy than our government…

ebinrock
ebinrock
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May 13th, 2019
Reply to  Pepo

Eh, government, corporations, they’re both the same…overbloated incompetent bureaucracies.

 Nick Michael
Nick Michael
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May 13th, 2019

Finally committing to editing exclusively in Resolve. See ya in hell, Adobe. And take your shitty, non-beta-tested dumpster fire of a program suite with you.

John J Bukowski
John J Bukowski
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May 13th, 2019

I agree, very concerning. In my most recent exchange with Adobe tech support, I had updated to cc2019 because I was trying to open a project someone else had started. All the footage relinked but only showed still frames and could not play. After trying multiple systems and GPU settings, I called Adobe tech support. The Tech’s solution: laugh at me for ever trusting the latest release. Pick the stable version and ride it until you can’t.

 Matthew Warren
Matthew Warren
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May 13th, 2019

Adobe has been killing needed codecs and changing simple workflow techniques that do not bode well for 10 year muscle memory. I’d like to see a change in leadership at Adobe.

 Jonathan Lawrence
Jonathan Lawrence
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May 13th, 2019

Adobe – losing customers one decision at a time… Goodbye adobe… Hello BlackMagic

John J Bukowski
John J Bukowski
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May 13th, 2019

Just started my first full edit in resolve. So far it’s an awesome experience.

ebinrock
ebinrock
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May 13th, 2019

Sounds great, I can’t wait till I get some time to try it out. Only thing missing to fully allow us video editors to cut the Adobe umbilical cord is the need for Photoshop (and possibly Illustrator) for graphics. No other software comes close, except maybe CorelDRAW and PaintShop Pro (only available for Windows). (Yes, Corel’s still around.)

Janusz
Janusz
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May 13th, 2019
Reply to  ebinrock

Have you tried Affinity Photo and Designer? Especially Photo is quite close to being a full Photoshop replacement, unless you need the 3D features. Available for both Mac and Windows and it can handle PSD files. There is also a full-featured iOS version of both Photo and Designer and their layout software is currently in beta for Mac and Windows.

CorelDRAW is just clunky to use compared to Illustrator and Designer (not to mention buggy output for professional printing) and PaintShop Pro has not been maintained enough where it could be considered a Photoshop competitor anymore.

Lisa
Lisa
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May 13th, 2019

I think this decision in unfair and based on money, as usual. Adobe wants to control how we use something WE purchased. I was never given any information regarding this type of forced “choice” back when I purchased Photoshop 5. I like my CC and do NOT want to HAVE to give up all my other versions that I own period. I will not recommend PhotoShop in the future for this reason. Business who over take an individual s choice and assume they, as a business know how and why their Customer’s use their Photoshop is unwise.

Phil L Wohlrab
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May 13th, 2019

In the words of Lando Calrissian “This deal gets worse all the time.”
Adobe breaks their software frequently with upgrades. They do it to Animate CC all the time. The pivot tool snapping inside a symbol does not work at all, when in prior versions it did work. In photoshop they broke brush pressure sensitivity.It was grayed out There was a giant thread on that. Unless they can make sure one version out of the two has zero bugs they’re going to get complaints. Having less version options means everyone is now getting less for their money. No way around it.

Janusz
Janusz
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May 13th, 2019

It won’t let me re-install Encore now. That’s actually a major problem.

Premiere isn’t something I would want to use in a professional environment anyway (I have no inclination to re-do an 8 hour render several times over until I find the random combination of settings that doesn’t trigger the render bug of the week when I’m on a deadline), but unfortunately After Effects and Encore are still difficult to replace.

Christian
Christian
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May 16th, 2019
Reply to  Janusz

Just install adobe master collection cs6 and pick encore from the list then use ur account at adobe to sign in worked for me yesterday since I’ve got idiot customers that still demands discs…

David Sipos
Guest
May 13th, 2019

We’re still using 2017 since it is the fastest and most stable (in our own experience). We won’t start using 2018 or 2019, we’ll rather go the alternative software way.

John J Bukowski
John J Bukowski
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May 13th, 2019
Reply to  David Sipos

Same here 2017 is solid

Victor Lucas
Victor Lucas
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May 13th, 2019

yep. I’m not happy about this. In 2018 I put several months of work put into a 40minute doc project on Premiere 2017. Recently tried to open it in the latest version and most of the clips come up as media not available. I think its to do with Dolby sound not being supported anymore…. also, I’m sure many other people got the same message I did from Adobe –

“We have recently discontinued certain older versions of Creative Cloud applications and as a result, under the terms of our agreement, you are no longer licensed to use them. … Please be aware that should you continue to use the discontinued version(s), you may be at risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties.”

so if I want to be able to open my old projects I risk being sued???

ebinrock
ebinrock
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May 13th, 2019
Reply to  Victor Lucas

I don’t get this whole thing with Dolby. I mean, with Windows 10, Dolby playback is built in to the OS, and none of Adobe’s products ever had the ability to encode Dolby (5.1 surround) anyway; you have to get a third party product like Minnetonka Audio’s SurCode.

 John Cliff
John Cliff
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May 13th, 2019

it also will begin to affect the ability to open older project files for later revision as the newer versions can’t open older files

ebinrock
ebinrock
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May 13th, 2019
Reply to  John Cliff

The newer software can open the older files, it’s just that, at least in the case of Premiere Pro, it has to convert it to a new file with a new name, that’s all.

Hannes
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May 13th, 2019

Absolutely! I want to use that which works. I also need sometimes Adobe Encore. More and more I have to think of alternative software! The newest adobe release is usually the windows95 of the 2010s

ebinrock
ebinrock
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May 13th, 2019
Reply to  Hannes

I haven’t tried it, but have you tried Vegas DVD Architect? I just saw a demo video online and it looks pretty good. There’s a free trial available (www.vegascreativesoftware.com).

Janusz
Janusz
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May 13th, 2019
Reply to  ebinrock

There is also DVDLab from Mediachance. However, neither of these are a solution for opening and updating existing projects, and both of them are Windows only.

Ben Doyle
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May 14th, 2019
Reply to  Janusz

You guys are the reason why people keep asking me to make DVD’s. The technology approaching 25 years old. Let it die. ;)

Janusz
Janusz
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May 15th, 2019
Reply to  Ben Doyle

No, we, like you, are the people that get asked by about 75% of their clients to also deliver a physical DVD. I personally wouldn’t care about DVDs or BluRays at all and only deliver regular video files, but there still is a very strong demand for these physical formats from clients. And as long as that is the case, I need to be able to deliver DVDs and BluRays.

The other extreme are of course the people who want everything delivered onto their iPhone that only has less than 1 GB of space left and want to be able to watch it without internet connection, but that at least doesn’t involve Adobe software.

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