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Monday, June 17, 2013, 09:35 pm PT (12:35 am ET)

Adobe releases major update to Creative Cloud desktop apps

Adobe on Monday updated its subscription-based professional image editing suite, bringing "hundreds" of new features to premiere offerings like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, among others.

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As with the suite's debut in May, files created with the updated "CC" desktop apps can be shared across platforms and the online creative community Behance via Adobe's Creative Cloud.

“We’ve added a ton of new innovation to all our CC desktop apps like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign," said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager of Digital Media at Adobe. "These apps include new features that increase productivity, streamline the effort to build mobile content and showcase some stunning new imaging and video science."

One of the release's major features is a streamlined workflow experience. The new Creative Cloud app allows users to keep files synced and organized not only locally, but across websites and mobile devices. Adobe is also integrating the Behance community with CC, offering new portfolio publishing options that let users get feedback on works in progress from the community's over 1.4 million members.

Cloud storage and syncing remain the same, with 20GB of storage for individual members that can be used to share and edit work on a number of platforms, including iOS.

In addition, Adobe is launching the Create Now: A Celebration of Creativity initiative, which will host collaborative art projects, celebrate the birthday of a "design icon" and open up a forum for Adobe users to connect and collaborate.

Adobe's Creative Cloud update is available now through the company's website, with special pricing for educators and students starting at $19.99 per month. Individual pricing for new users is $49.99 per month, while customers using Adobe CS3 or higher get a discount down to $29.99 per month. Single-app access can is also avaialable for $19.99 a month.