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First announced at the MAX 2013 conference last month, Adobe's first major update to Creative Cloud is finally here -- but a few of the cool new features they've worked so hard to promote remain conspicuously absent.
Adobe announced the release of its all-new Creative Cloud on Monday night, pushing out new CC updates to its former Creative Suite products just before the stroke of midnight, with only moments to spare before the promised June 17 release faded away.
“We’ve added a ton of new innovation to all our CC desktop apps like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign," said David Wadhwani, Adobe's senior vice president and general manager of Digital Media. "These apps include new features that increase productivity, streamline the effort to build mobile content and showcase some stunning new imaging and video science."
The new Creative Cloud is centered around a revamped Desktop application which lives in the Mac menu bar, providing software updates and activity feeds from Behance, the creative social network Adobe acquired back in December which is now integrated into many of the desktop solutions.
According to the Creative Cloud Team Blog, the update isn't quite complete, however. Despite actively marketing file syncing to the free 20GB of cloud storage included with each subscription, Typekit font access and a new Creative Cloud app for iOS, these features are a no-show at launch, suggesting that Adobe might have had its hands full just pushing out the CC updates to begin with.
But all hope is not lost: The missing features are promised "as soon as they're ready," and will include a new Photoshop feature previewed at MAX to automatically size, crop and create image assets for the web, all from document layers.
Adobe Creative Cloud is available as a free 30-day trial for new members, and the complete individual plan is $49.99 per month, with discounts available to owners of the company's previous CS3 and up products.
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