Want to see some of the new features coming to Photoshop CC and the rest of the Creative Cloud? Here are the videos!

Earlier today Adobe announced that they were axing their old Creative Suite apps and going all-in on Creative Cloud. As part of that initiative, they've released a series of videos starting with the one above that tries to dispel common myths associated with Creative Cloud. Others address how Creative Cloud will help various professionals, like designers, web pros, and video editors, as well showcasing some of the new features and technologies coming our way this June in apps like Photoshop CC. And I'd be remiss if I didn't point out the incredibly Mac-centric nature of the videos. But then, who could blame them? Here's what we've got...

  • Photoshop CC includes a new Smart Sharpen, new upsampling, re-editable rounded rectangles (yes!) and multiple path editing, better matched Mac and Windows anti-aliasing, and 3D engine for painting on models and flattened textures.
  • The designers video talks about various apps like Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as Muse, and shows off Kuler for iPhone being used to capture color palettes while you're out and about. Illustrator gets new character-based font manipulations, as well as TypeKit access. InDesign 64bit support will help with large files, and its more consistent interface will help with cross-Cloud suite familiarity. Muse will let clients make minor design changes in the browser, and parallax support will let you make trendy websites like the cool kids made last year.
  • The web pros video talks about both visual and code view editing. Illustrator is getting the same CSS extraction feature Photoshop got last year. Dreamweaver CC gets better, live CSS editing. Site definitions are now sync-able as well, and responsive site design has been made easier. CSS and HTML5 based animation is now better supported in Edge Animate. Phone Gap is used for cross-platform app web-based app development. Edge Reflow uses the WebKit engine to let you visually design web pages in CSS. In addition to TypeKit, Adobe Edge Web Fonts are accessible. Edge Code rounds out the offering. It's a new app for making and editing CSS, HTML, and JavaScript in code view.
  • Video editors can get started with Adobe Story Plus, where you can write scripts collaboratively, set shooting schedules, and get ready for production. Premiere can link Story Plus dialog with the spoken words from ingested video. Adobe Premiere Pro is making it easier to switch platforms with key remapping and project import. After Effects is getting Photoshop-like refined edge tolls for rotoscoping. There's also better third party integration for 3D objects. The new color grading options are also now available in After Effects, and all settings sync via the Creative Cloud.

I've been a Creative Cloud user since the service launched, and I like it quite a bit. There does seem to be way to many separate apps -- I started drifting and eventually lost consciousness as they rattled off all of them -- and a lot of round-tripping involved in the workflows, but I'll save final judgement on that until they ship.

In the meantime, watch the videos that interest you and let me know, will you be going to the Cloud? And if so, which features make it most compelling for you?

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, Vector, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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All nice and all, and all this CC stuff might be indeed a good thing for people using Adobe's suit on a daily basis, but there is a large community of users who either just launch Photoshop, Lightroom or whatever once in while but those once in a while really counts. And I don't see them going through to hassle of subscribing for that and cancelling the subscription afterwards, or even if it's possible.

Then you have all the people who trained themselves on pirated versions of the prgram before it finally became an asset and now they're using it for their real job. Or those who just wanna finish a project while away on a foreign/non indentified/locked/not connected computer.

This whole creative cloud thing is a false good idea.

Pixelmator, Aperture, here I come.