From the moment I heard Adobe was moving onto the cloud and thus, the Creative Suite will cease to exist, my thoughts were divided between positive and negative feelings, so I decided to write them down and share them with you to see what you think about this new phase in the Adobe era.

Creative Suite vs Creative Cloud: Which one is better?

I’m not going to make of this article an economics post comparing prices and numbers, so let’s just say that both products offer an excelent bundle for the price they charge, so how can we define which one is better?

If we make a careful review, CC will result winner, but does this mean everyone should migrate to this new system? Let’s take the Windows case. I used XP for many years after Vista was released, and now I’m still using 7 despite the fact that Windows 8 has been around for a while; am I being old fashioned? The truth is, I just prefer to take the best out of things before moving out to the next version.

If you have permanent Internet access and can leverage all the power of CC (Behance, Kuler, Typekit, etc) then that’s the way you should go, but if you only need Photoshop and Illustrator in your daily activities, I say you can keep enjoying the Creative Suite for a couple more years.

What’s new in Adobe CC?

We cannot question the fact that CC comes with exclusive features that make its price worthy, some of my favorites include the premium access to Behance, the tablet/mobile integration and definitely the portability of your files and typefaces by having them online, you can read more on this complete Adobe CC guide.

Adobe Creative Cloud features

How is this change going to affect freelancers?

Now this is the part that really concerns me. When I was still in college and for the first couple of years after graduating, it was impossible for me to afford a copy of Creative Suite, so what did I do? I did all my tasks using the college computers (they have licensed copies of the Suite everywhere), I asked friends whose parents bought them a copy and lastly, I worked with free alternatives such as Inkscape and Gimp.

Freelancers, most of the time, do not have the same resources than those working at agencies, meaning that they must afford all the things by themselves, I say this because I know many freelancers simply download cracked versions of the Suite as they can’t purchase an original product; this behavior will end once Creative Cloud takes over, because how can a person crack an online product?

Then we have the online issue; if you work for an agency or if you are a successful artist, I’m sure you can afford a 4G connection and carry your smartphone and tablet all the time, but if you are an artist on the early-twenties, I bet you only have a low-end smartphone and you need Wi-Fi access to go online, which means that the Creative Cloud will have limited access for you.

So from now on, if you need to work as a freelancer, you need to be able to afford a CC subscription and also be able to have internet access all the time, if that’s not the case, then start looking for alternatives.

Should I stick with to my Creative Suite copy?

The answer is yes, whether you have the money or not and even if you have internet access 24/7, Adobe CC has still many things to be improved: The file-syncing part has crashing down for weeks, preventing people from grabbing their files from the cloud, many people are still using previous versions of the Suite that can go way back to CS2, so having a Creative Suite copy gives you more compatibility than using CC.

We cannot avoid what’s coming, Adobe CC will become the standard in the upcoming years, and that’s not bad, the feature relies on the cloud rather than hard drives (we can say that CC is more eco-friendly than the Suite then), but until the people at Adobe don’t work on the current errors, reduce prices so young freelancers can afford a subscription and finally, they are able to deliver a fully stable product, I refuse to abandon my beloved Creative Suite!