Adobe Systems has formally announced its CS6 suite of software, which includes a new subscription service. The new version is scheduled to be available within 30 days.
The service, known as Creative Cloud, costs $75 a month (or $50 per month with an annual membership, all prices in US$). Current CS3 to CS5.5 users are eligible for an introductory price of $30 per month. Creative Cloud users also get online storage and sharing capabilities as well as ongoing updates and new products (such as Adobe Edge, a HTML5 development tool) as they are released.
Of course, CS6 applications can be purchased the traditional way, with the Master Collection to retail for $2,599. The CS6 Design & Web Premium will retail for $1,899 while the Design Standard suite will go for $1,299. Upgrade pricing starts at $275 for Design Standard, and goes up to $549 for the Master Collection for current CS5.5 users ($699 to $1,399 for CS3/CS4 users).
New features for CS6 include:
Interface and performance revamps to take advantage of hardware acceleration
Expanded content-aware technologies (including the much-hyped Content Aware Move)
Adaptive Wide-Angle, to straighten distorted images
Skin-tone-aware selections and masking
New image tracing engine
Pattern creation tool
Application of gradients to strokes
Alternate Layout feature for designing the same document for multiple media
Content Collector Tool, which allows users to grab content from existing layouts for repurposing
Linked Content, for syncing content across documents
Hover Scrub clip handling
Advance trimming tools
New adjustment layers that can be applied to multiple clips