The Move to the Cloud is a Good Thing – But Some Caution is Advised

Over the past few years, the creative world has undergone a mass migration to the cloud, which has been spearheaded by companies like Adobe. The Californian computer software giants are now promoting their cloud-based services over desktop-based apps, and there are many benefits to using these online tools. This is a step in the right direction for the industry, as it is important to use the most up-to-date technology available. However, whenever anything is open to the public, there is always a risk. For that reason, some caution is advised for people who use cloud-based services.

The Creative Cloud from Adobe gives users the entire collection of Adobe Desktop and mobile apps all in one place. These can be used for graphic design, photography, web and UX design, animation and film editing, and communication and social. Having everything in the same place is a sign of the times, as the long-standing app craze appears to be fading. Now, with the advent of HTML5 for websites, there is no longer any need for companies to have separate apps for different things. Adobe has taken this idea and provided a platform that has everything creative-minded people need to thrive and develop their ideas.

According to Steven Warner, the vice president of digital video and audio at Adobe, “the demands and pace of video content creation are reaching levels we have never seen before. The time pressure on video professionals means the need for powerful and efficient creative tools has never been greater.” For this reason, Adobe have aimed to provide content creators with all the tools they need to produce high-quality videos and graphics in a shorter space of time.

The benefits of working with this new software are clear but there may also be some shortcomings, such as security concerns. When working on the cloud, users need to be aware that their information could be targeted by cybercriminals. For people and businesses working online, cloud security is imperative. It ensures that there are secure databases in the cloud, it safeguards applications, and it also supports hybrid deployments. The 2018 hack of Tesla’s Amazon Web Services account highlights the need for safeguarding when working on the cloud. In the breach, cybercriminals used the account to mine cryptocurrency and also exposed some of Tesla’s proprietary data.

Adobe is now looking to expand its reach and get budding young creators familiar with their services from a young age. The company now offers schools Creative Cloud licenses for $5 per year, in a move which could revolutionize interactivity within the classroom. This is set to attract even more users to the Adobe product and strengthen its hold on the industry.

In the fast-paced world of design and content creation, those in the industry must keep up-to-date with technological developments and move with the times. There are numerous benefits to using the cloud now, and, in time, it seems that everything will be done using services like the one from Adobe. Those using the cloud must remember to put proper security protocols in place though, as cyber-attacks are becoming more and more prevalent.

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Michael keeps himself busy by writing about design, arts, psychology, and how they intertwine. He grew up in a small town in Montana and now resides in Austin with his wife and dog, Bailey.