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What is Adobe Creative Cloud?

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Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of development, design and editing software. Users pay annually or monthly for a subscription to the service including access to the individual programs online. It is an example of a "software as a service" business model.

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Adobe Creative Cloud contains many of Adobe's long-running software products that were formerly sold individually, such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver. File storage is also cloud-based and can be synced to local devices. Other Adobe software products included in Creative Cloud are Acrobat, After Effects, Audition, Behance, Bridge, Edge, Encore, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, Premiere Pro and Story Plus.

As of 2014, the software products that were formerly sold on their own are now only available with a Creative Cloud subscription. This raised a significant amount of criticism from Adobe's customer base, as popular programs such as Photoshop had traditionally been available to purchase on a disk and use in perpetuity with no need for an ongoing subscription.

Adobe has differing levels of access to the Creative Cloud, set at varying monthly price points for different groups. As of 2014, individual access plans to the full Creative Cloud suite begin at $29.99 a month. Photographers can access a limited version of the Creative Cloud with Photoshop CC and Lightroom for $9.99 a month.

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