Adobe to discontinue Creative Cloud syncing

Sep 7, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Adobe to discontinue Creative Cloud syncing

Sep 7, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Adobe will be pulling the plug on its Creative Cloud syncing from early next year. Starting February 1, 2024, Adobe will begin to discontinue Creative Cloud Synced files for all free and paid personal users. After October 1, 2023, new users will not have any access to file syncing.

The company has said, however, that users associated with Creative Cloud for enterprise or a Creative Cloud for teams business account will not be affected. So what does this mean for the rest of us mere mortals who use the Creative Cloud?

What is the Adobe Creative Cloud anyway?

The Adobe Creative Cloud let you save files on a local device, let’s say, your personal laptop, for example. Once saved to the cloud, you could sync those images with other devices (such as your iPad), which would then let you access those same images.

I used to find it quite useful when switching between editing on my desktop computer and a more portable iPad using mobile apps. The mobile apps for Photoshop and Lightroom are now incredibly powerful, and it was nice to be able to access files on these portable devices without having to worry about carrying an external hard drive.

After Adobe cans the Cloud syncing, we will no longer have the freedom to work in this manner. This is actually a huge shame, particularly as the subscription for the Adobe suite is not exactly cheap.

What you need to do

Adobe says that you won’t lose any files that are in your Adobe Cloud folder. However, from February 2024, files in the cloud folder will no longer be available across multiple devices.

If you want to continue working with files across different devices, Adobe recommends using a third-party cloud storage solution.

Adobe seems to be insisting that you won’t lose any of your photos or documents. However, I will be backing up my files anyway, just in case.

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3 responses to “Adobe to discontinue Creative Cloud syncing”

  1. riku45100 Avatar
    riku45100

    Adobe removes one of the best features but will not lower the price instead it will go up, so now you will need another subscription just for your files so more money. Adobe pay more get less.

  2. Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
    Kay O. Sweaver

    I never had any luck using sync anyways. It was a buggy mess for me, completely unreliable and a huge resource hog. I actually had to delete some of the program files because they kept relaunching in the background and slowing down my computer.

    Adobe has some great software, but it’s shocking how poorly some of it is designed on the back end.

  3. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
    Arthur_P_Dent

    Adobe’s like a drug dealer: They get you hooked and then up the price (in this case, eliminating a feature but still charging you the same amount monthly).

    Drink up, me hearties, yo ho!