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Does anybody actually use Adobe CC?

Discussion in 'Adobe Forum:' started by Louisa Brooks, May 18, 2016.


Do you use Adobe CC?

  1. Yes (at home)

  2. Yes (at work)

  3. No

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Louisa Brooks

    Louisa Brooks New Member

    Does anybody actually use Adobe Creative Cloud? (either at work/home or both?) - and why/why not?

    I'm in a predicament where my macbook is pretty much breaking, and the cs5 I have works terrible on all new el capitain macs (apparently) so may be forced into buying a new mac and upgrading to CC just so I can continue to use the programs normally.

    I've asked apple if it's possible to buy a new mac with yeosemite or something instead and they basically shrink away every time and say that it is possible to do that if you do that bad things will happen and it will eradicate any warranty you have for the mac. *sigh*

    The trouble is I only mostly use my mac for a small amount of freelancing at home, where paying out £50 pcm just to use CC a bit at home seems like a huge and unjustifiable cost.

    What do you guys think? If I were to get a day job now I'd possibly expect to be using CC, but is it ever worth getting it for home too?

  2. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    I'm on CS6 and plan to stay on it forever! (Get ready for the PC comments lol)
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  3. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    do you actually need adobe for what you do on your mac?
    Could you get away with using something like pixelmator, krita (sure its on mac too) or affinity suite of programs?
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  4. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    I've got a pencil.
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  5. Louisa Brooks

    Louisa Brooks New Member

    Thanks, I've heard of all those programs but never used them, could always try. It would be really hard to break from the mould though, everywhere I've ever worked used adobe so that's why it's made sense to stay with adobe so far!
  6. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    I use CC at home, and at the studio I'm currently freelancing at. It runs terribly on my 2012 Macbook Pro due to it lacking a dedicated GPU, though it runs ok on my Mid 2010 iMac. Both run El Capitan.

    However, at the studio I use a 27 inch 4K iMac and the whole CC app crashes constantly, normally when I'm saving something, sometimes it happens when I go to make a drink and am not actually doing anything. It's exactly the same for the guy next to me, and the crashes are so severe they actually lock-up the system and you need to force a restart by holding the power button.

    I've actually gone off the Adobe packages quite a lot since CS6, but they're the industry standard so it's expected that you'll have them and be able to supply files in PSD, AI, etc format.

    You can license a single app for ~£22 a month, but if you need InDesign and Illustrator for example, you pretty much need the full package. Saying that though, it's actually pretty good value, since you can download and install all the Adobe products, such as After Effects, Premier, Lightroom, etc. If you just use one or two apps though I can understand your concern.
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  7. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Had to change the voting options, as I use it at both home and at work, - sorry for altering your poll, but I needed to select both options.

    Is it worth it if you're not making the money back from it that you're paying out - the answer is a No.

    There's other free things out there
    Gimp - Photoshop
    Inkscape - Illustrator
    Scribus - InDesign

    Why do I use Adobe CC - it's the industry standard and it's colour management compliant.
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  8. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    I use CC every day on 2 (sometimes 3) different macs.
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  9. Louisa Brooks

    Louisa Brooks New Member

    Gee, I'm glad you posted! My Mac is even older so it's likely CC will run really badly on mine als! I think you've helped me to decided that it might only be worth upgrading to CC for sure when I'm also at the stage of buying a new mac! Thanks x
  10. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Just to note - that's not normal and not my experience on my 5k Mac, my older mac and my newest PC laptop and my oldest PC laptop (circa 2011).

    CC runs fine.

    There must be something else at play.
  11. Stumpy

    Stumpy Member

    I run CC on my mid 2011 MacBook Pro 15" i7 never get issues tbh (touch wood) I use it every day at least 8-10 hrs each day,
    flicking from Indesign, illustrator and photoshop. I would defiantly recommend upgrading
  12. Quickandeasy

    Quickandeasy Junior Member

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  13. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Until you get an update which screws up the install, keeps crashing, doesn't work as intended or doesn't work with your old files/plugins...
    Sometimes sticking with what you know is better than updating if it works without issue. Also if you already have an older version and you don't need the new features then there isn't really any reason to upgrade in a lot of cases.
  14. Stumpy

    Stumpy Member

    i keep my software up to date all the time, sometimes it just back end up dates and sometimes its new additions and the tools are veery worth while

    Thats a point if you did have the older suite, older files wont open in CC is that correct?
    As i've only ever really used CC full time
  15. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Updating by default is set to remove the old version - you can untick this before installing an update

    That keeps both versions flying on your machine.

    If you have Creative Cloud you can export to IDML from InDesign and your InDesign files will open as far back as InDesign CS4.

    AFAIK Illy and PS files are cross-edition compatible.

    It's - true about and update screwing up your files. The new InDesign update doesn't allow 2 inner glows applied in the effects without the image going for a hop. I had to roll back to the previous version of InDesign.
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  16. Quickandeasy

    Quickandeasy Junior Member

    @Levi - I'm not calling you a luddite, but that's a luddite's mindset. Never innovating and never moving on because "it works" would leave us in the dark ages.

    @Stumpy - older files work perfectly in CC, but CC files won't always work in older versions for obvious reasons, i.e features that didn't exist in previous versions. If your CC file is nothing special, it should still open in older versions of CC programs. [edit] sorry didn't realise this wasn't true for INDD files[/edit]
  17. Stumpy

    Stumpy Member

  18. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Considering I'm usually a very early adopter of new tech and software that's kind of comical getting that response. If anything I'm probably one of the most 'up to date' people on this site when it comes to tech (seeing as my background is product design and I need to be up to date or even looking ahead).
    The thing is though in a 'work environment' having the latest and greatest isn't always the best thing and this is coming from a first hand experience. Personally I'd rather have a 100% stable system where I can do 3D renderings 24/7 365 days a year over the latest version of everything... (obviously with the most up to date stable software)

    I know for a fact that some of the software I use hasn't been updated to support Nvidia pascal gpu's (geforce 10xx or Quadro P series) yet and by upgrading to that hardware would mean that I actually get a downgrade in those programs, no gpu rendering for example. Then there's times when the software has been updated and it's so full of bugs that it's not usable and most of us roll back to the last version or it's 'improvements' actually make it worse to use. Then there's the time it takes hardware manufacturers to update their drivers/plugins etc to work with the new versions, they're not always that quick.

    There is a reason that tech support from major companies say they won't update until theres a service pack, ie the first round of bugs have been ironed out and that's simply due to potential downtime that being fully up to date could cause if theres an issue with the update.

    If it was just a home pc then yeah I'd be likely messing around with beta software but not when my pc's are my main tool when doing work
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2016
  19. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    My trusty CS5 version was a real work-horse and I didn't really feel the need to upgrade, though it's not very professional having to ask other designers and studios to back-save and resend the files in a format I can actually open. InDesign was the real problem, AI and PS were/are pretty good with forwards compatibility, but it just felt incredibly embarrassing having to keep asking for IDML files... :LOL:

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