My experience upgrading to Adobe CC

Adobe CCLast night, at 11:25 PM EDT – Adobe made available its next generation of products – now under the Adobe Creative Cloud banner. CS is dead. Box software is dead. Long live CC.

Overall, (except for a small piece of stupidity on my part where I accidentally deleted the wrong app) .. the process for me was relatively smooth. But not without a few hiccups.

The first thing to impress me was there no slowdown on the application downloads. This really pleasantly surprised me since I know Adobe servers were getting hit hard. It took about an hour (at 30 Mbps – my ISP plan’s top speed) to download and install my core set of Adobe applications: Bridge, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, plus the auxiliary Creative Cloud, Exchange Panel, and Extension Manager.

With some exceptions, it appears most of the settings from the previous CS6 applications were ported to their new CC homes. Now, about those exceptions.

Custom Workspaces. Only the custom workspaces from Photoshop CS6 were moved to Photoshop CC. The only other applications were I depend on my custom workspaces (window layout) are Bridge and Dreamweaver. Had to recreate those. A bit of an inconvenience, but not much. Total added time: 5 minutes.

Photoshop. Just about everything was ported with two exceptions that were immediately obvious: Crop Presets (the ones directly in the Crop menu .. not the ones in Tool Presets – they came in fine) and my customized Web Export settings. In both cases, I was able to find the previous CS6 settings files for each (thank you, Apple Time Machine) and successfully have them available in Photoshop CC. Added time: 10 minutes.

Small note: for some reason the Web Export settings had to be in the “Photoshop CS6 Settings” folder to show up Photoshop CC. There’s probably a path setting somewhere I’ll have to dig around and correct to get everything neat and tidy. But it works – and that’s the important thing.

Out with the old

The older applications did have to be deleted manually and individually (hence leading me to my personal goof) – not a hard process (don’t directly trash – use the individual application’s Uninstall app, where there is one). Thought that could have been more automatic. Again, no biggie. But it did take a while. Almost as long as installing the new applications. Added time: 45 minutes.

Oh, rats!

adobecc_nosyncThe biggest disappointment was the auto-syncing of documents stored on the Creative Cloud servers has not yet been reinstated as originally promised (they turned it off last month). If this goes too long, that could become an issue for me.

TypeKit fonts available for desktop apps (another newly promised feature) is also still “Coming soon”. I can wait a bit for that feature though. Not having enough fonts is not an issue for me.

Your mileage may vary

As software upgrades go, my experience was very good. I’d give it a solid B. However, your experience may differ. The Adobe Creative Cloud Facebook page does have reports from others about having more serious issues – failed installs, settings not ported, even a few crashes. So before you upgrade, you might want to take some precautions.

1) Do a complete backup. Makes sense. And is very easy if you have Apple Time Machine (or the Windows 8 Backup). So in case you lose anything, you can go back and pull a setting, or worse-case scenario to a full restore.

2) Export what settings you can. Double insurance. For example, in Photoshop you can save off your Actions, Tool Presets, Keyboard Shortcuts, Swatches, and more. Again, should something fail to import, you have the files handy (never hurts to do this from time to time anyway – even with the new Sync Settings in the Cloud feature.

Hopefully, your Adobe CC upgrade experience will be as smooth or even smooth than mine. If not, be happy you made those backups.