Just as with previous upgrades, the new features in CC may or may not be valuable to you. Features that are critical to some designers aren’t so important to others.
To help you decide if CC is worth subscribing to at this time, here is a brief overview of the advantages and features of CC versions of some programs.
If you’re a graphic designer who produces newsletters, brochures, ads, and magazines for print, there might not be enough in CC to make you want to subscribe.
Eventually, most professionals will become CC subscribers but amateurs and occasional users are less likely to do so.
There won’t be a CC2 or CC3 because the Creative Cloud versions will be constantly updated as new features become available. No more waiting 12-18 months for new tools when a new dot-release is available.
From now on, these programs will be just “CC” with no version number, but the specific build number is available in the “About this Software” dialogue.
There are some tools available only in CC that professionals will need to meet a client’s requirements, such as EPUBs or digital publications. Down the road, expect this feature "chasm" to expand between older perpetual licenses (such as CS6) and the continually improved CC versions.
And if you must create accessible documents, both InDesign CC and Acrobat XI Pro (and any future version of Acrobat) will be mandatory. These versions create more accurate, accessible documents than previous versions from Adobe. At this time, these are the only tools professional designers can use to create accessible PDFs: no competing products with similar capability are on the market.
— Bevi Chagnon
Founding Partner, PubCom
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Only the most recent versions Adobe InDesign and Acrobat Pro have the tools to create accessible files and PDFs. My current recommendations are:
54 million: Number of people who have a disability.
19%: Percentage of the civilian noninstitutionalized population that is disabled.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau News, CB10-FF.13, 20th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26, 2010.