The 2015 milestone release of Adobe’s subscription-only Creative Cloud app suite and services has been unveiled, showing off speed boosts and feature updates for 15 desktop apps including After Effects CC,Dreamweaver CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Lightroom CC, and Premier Pro CC. Updates have also been released for Adobe’s ever-expanding iOS apps and for the first time four apps – Brush CC, Color CC, Photoshop Mix, Shape CC – are available on Android smartphones.
Adobe has increased focus on linking workflow-specific mobile apps with desktop apps via their newly named cloud: Adobe CreativeSync. The idea is to have all of your design elements, fonts, settings, and more available in your workflow when ever you need them so you can start a project in one place and finish it in another. However, the biggest news of Adobe’s milestone release is their new stock photography service. Adobe Stock launched with some 40 million images and will be integrated with the latest release of After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premier Pro allowing users to add watermarked images to their CC library and license images directly from desktop apps.
Photoshopp CC recieved Illustrator-style Artboards, a new iOS app, and a new reduced clutter UI design mode called Design Space, that is aimed at mobile app and website designers with the purpose of reducing mouse movements and number of clicks. Illustrator CC is now 10 times faster than the 2012 C6 version and comes with a new Mercury Performance System. InDesign now allows you to publish documents to an Adobe-hosted URL with a single click and introduces a new Morph Cut which allows users to smooth out jump-cuts in talking-head sequences.
The 2015 update also introduced Premier Pro to the Creative Cloud libraries for the first time, gave After Effects a Face Tracker and Animator, and equipped with Dreamweaver with the option to “rapidly build production-ready websites that dynamically adapt to fit various screen sizes, making responsive design a part of your everyday workflow.”
However, as previously stated, Adobe Stock is the biggest news of this update and overshadowing all of the other features unveiled in this milestone release. You can find out more about Adobe Stock pricing here.