Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 – What Web Designers Will Like

Adobe Creative Cloud 2015

Adobe has announced a bunch of updates to the Adobe Creative Cloud. The biggest changes are that they are releasing updates to 15 apps within the Creative Cloud as well as including a new service: Adobe Stock.

If you had Creative Cloud last year, you may remember the day when your hard drive space was sucked up by an entire new copy of all your Adobe applications. If you had a gigantic hard drive, you may not have noticed, but if your laptop is like mine, the 40GB you had free was suddenly not nearly enough. Yes, I appreciated the ability to check things in the old version of Photoshop CC and Dreamweaver CC, but when I couldn’t save any files because my hard drive was full, the duplicate copies of the apps got annoying. This year, Adobe has learned from that mistake and is making the way you install the new version an option. In other words, if you want the old version side-by-side with the new, you can do that. But if you just want your current version to update to the latest version, you can do that instead. Thanks for listening Adobe!

Adobe Enters the Stock Photo Business

Adobe StockThe big news of interest to web designers is that Adobe is now entering the stock photo business. Last year they purchased Folia, and now they are integrating that service into the Creative Cloud in the form of Adobe Stock. With this service, Adobe customers will be able to purchase stock photos and illustrations right from within the Creative Cloud products. Plus, as a Creative Cloud member, you will get access to reduced prices on the images.

If you are a photographer or illustrator you will be pleased to learn that Adobe will also be paying for stock photos and illustrations. They plan to offer competitive royalties for creatives that add to the Adobe Stock library. This is great news for designers who also sell photographs or illustrations.

Android Apps Finally Available

If you use an Android device you will finally be able to use Brush, Shape, and Color on your devices. This has been a long wait, but these apps as well as the new app, Hue, are available on the Android store.

Changes to Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver CC (2015) adds some new features. Nothing really groundbreaking, but will make some web development tasks a bit easier. Some of the new features include:

  • Integration with Adobe Stock
    You can now find the perfect images for the websites you are building from right within Dreamweaver. Adobe Stock is new with this release, but there are already over 40 million images to choose from. Single images are not cheap, but if you’re already a Creative Cloud member, you can get 10 images a month for around $3 an image (10 per month for $29.99). Plus, if you use less than your 10 in a month, they roll over up to 120 images.
  • Preview on Any Device
    As long as your devices are all on the same WiFi network, you can use either a QR code or type in a URL on your devices to view your Dreamweaver pages on them. You can also inpect the elements on the devices and preview on multiple devices at once. When you make changes in Dreamweaver, they are instantly updated on the devices.
  • Bootstrap Starter Templates
    You can now create responsive websites with Bootstrap components using built in Bootstrap starter templates.
  • Batch Extract from PSDs
    Batch Extract
    With the Extract feature, you could extract images from a Photoshop file. But now you can extract multiple images at once using the batch extract feature. This will make getting production-ready images that much faster.
  • Code editor tab completion even more robust
    Code Editor Improvements
    Now you can use shortcuts to create common, complex blocks of code. Things like nav>ul>{Link $}*5 turns into a 5-element unordered list each with a class of “link” e.g.

    	<li class="link">Link 1</li>
    	<li class="link">Link 2</li>
    	<li class="link">Link 3</li>
    	<li class="link">Link 4</li>
    	<li class="link">Link 5</li>
  • Shortcuts in CSS too
    I used to use TextExpander for all my CSS and HTML shortcuts, but now Dreamweaver has a bunch built in. This will make it that much faster to write HTML and CSS in the code editor. They use Emmet for code completion and there are lots of shortcuts you can learn.
  • Link checks your code for you
    As you type your HTML and CSS, Lint inside Dreamweaver CC (2015) checks your code and validates that it is correct. It will highlight incorrect lines in red, and if you click on them you will get more information about what the problem is so you can fix it.

There are lots of other small features added to Dreamweaver, but those are the highlights.

Changes to Muse

Adobe Muse has also been updated in the 2015 release. Like Dreamweaver, you can now get stock photos from Adobe Stock right inside Muse CC (2015). You can also get Adobe Typekit fonts right from within Muse.

The widgets panel now includes shopping carts and RSS blog feeds. You can even style the feeds you pull in. There are lots of widgets both free and paid that you can use to improve your site.
Add a Blog
I am happy to say that you can finally add radio buttons and checkboxes to contact forms in Muse. This makes it easier to get more accurate information from your form submissions.
Muse Contact Form Updates

CC 2015 Release is Pretty Exciting

CreativeSync is a very useful tool to keep your files and images up-to-date across all your computers and devices. I have already created documents on my laptop and then finished them on my desktop as well as worked with images on my iPad that I finished on my laptop or desktop. It’s a very convenient feature.

There are updates to the following apps in Creative Cloud (2015):

  • AfterEffects
  • Audition
  • Dreamweaver
  • Edge Animate
  • Flash
  • Illustrator
  • InCopy
  • InDesign
  • Lightroom
  • Media Encoder
  • Muse
  • Photoshop
  • Prelude
  • Premiere Pro
  • SpeedGrade

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