New features in After Effects CC such as a live 3D workflow with Cinema 4D Lite, now included with Creative Cloud, give motion-graphics artists and compositors much-needed integration with true 3D object animation.
Nothing about Premiere Pro CC screams "gotta have it," with the possible exception of the new closed-captioning capabilities, but Adobe certainly checked several things off of the request list. And if it has fully embraced the cloud, additional tweaks should be appearing frequently.
Photoshop Touch 1.4.1 brings the power of Photoshop image editing to mobile devices.
Adobe Dreamweaver CC debuts with weak cloud features and an overstuffed interface, but it still leads in Web design innovation.
With Illustrator CC, Adobe has embarked on a new strategy of improving existing features rather than focusing on new capabilities. That's not a bad thing.
Adobe's audio editor, Audition CC, offers compelling new features making it a worthy update, but it should not be tied to Creative Cloud's subscription model.
InDesign CC boasts improved ePub features, better font menus, and performance enhancements, but offers few truly new features.
So much for the idea of an Internet connection making software more secure to cracking attempts.
Adobe reports that it added 221,000 new subscribers to its Creative Cloud subscription service and aims for 1.25 million by the end of the year.
Adobe's massive experiment in subscription software begins now with the release of Creative Cloud.