Updated January 6th, 2016: For all of you on Adobe CC, you probably can’t wait for the next major update. Heck, now that upgrades are free with your active Creative Cloud membership, you are no longer faced with the dilemma of whether to pay for the pricey upgrade or to skip a version (now that you’re paying monthly for the software, either way it’s costing you). Fortunately, Adobe operates like clockwork and looking at the past release date cycle, predicting the next major release is easy. We expect to see Adobe CC 2016 released in mid-June, 2016.
For those of you worried about upgrading, just remember that as a Creative Cloud member, you can also go to the previous version and re-install it if you happen to not like the new changes or if you realize your computer can’t handle the improvements (sometimes new updates, which typically require more of your computers resources, cause older systems to bog down).
If you’re not a Adobe CC member and still hanging on to your older Creative Suite software (i.e. CS6) then all free trials of CC reset at the major releases so you’ll be able to try it out for free for 30 days to see how the changes/improvements fair to to one that your currently on.
Release Date History
Here’s a quick look at the major releases of Creative Cloud. Between the initial release at the 2014 version, we saw a few smaller dot releases in there. But since then, most of the major improvements have come out in June with little changes in-between.
- Adobe CC 2015 – Released on June 15, 2015.
- Adobe CC 2014 – Released on June 8, 2014.
- Adobe CC – Released on June 17, 2013
What do we want to see changed in CC for 2016?
Here are some of the general improvements in CC that top our wish list:
- Better Share Link – This suggestion comes from Adobe’s suggestion page: Make a “Share Link” that instantly creates the link vs. being re-directed to creative.adobe.com to make the link. Going out to adobe.com and verifying the creation of a public link seems completely unnecessary.
- File Sync Progress – For all of you using syncing your work to the Cloud, you’ll notice that next to “syncing” spinner with no indication of progress and the number of files/MB left to go. It would be grey to be able to see the progress in real time and how much is left to go.
- Better product support – If you’ve ever tried to all Adobe’s product support and got through to a live human, then you’re one of the lucky few. Even worse if you are an international Adobe customer that needs support in your home language as only English is offered. Of course be confused with Adobe’s order line which quickly answers and is ready take your credit card number and sign you up to Creative Cloud. We hope that Adobe invests more resources into helping their paying customers to get the most out of their software. And this is likely to pay off as the more your customers are engaged in the software, the more likely thy are to stick with the subscription in the long run.
- Canadian Dollar – For our friends up north, we would love to see a Creative Cloud plan offered in Canadian Dollars. Their only option right now is to sign up in USD and with the fluctuations in currencies (US Dollar stronger of late), the monthly fees are unpredictable.
- Add retina support to the CC icon – For those of you running CC on your retina-screened Mac, that fuzzy CC icon is plan annoying. I know, it doesn’t help with the functionally of the software itself, but being that you’re probably using Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, etc., to make some amazing art, the icon should be as sharp as your work.
- Uninstall Option – When upgrading to the latest release, if would be great if Adobe had a pop-box that would offer to uninstall the older, redundant versions of the software for you. As it is now, all that old junk stays on your system and you have to hunt down the apps one by one to uninstall the ones no longer needed.
These are just some of the things that bother us as Creative Cloud users. You can also see more improvement suggestions here in Adobe’s Forum.
What would you like to see improved in CC?
Let us know if the comments below!