Confused as to why you have CC and CC 2014 versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, etc? Here's why

Digital Arts | 23 June 14

Wondering why you've got Photoshop CC and Photoshop CC 2014 on your computer? You're not alone.

Reactions to last week's big update to Adobe's Creative Cloud have been both positive and negative – and also perplexed. Previous updates to Photoshop CC et al have been traditional updates – ie they replace the application that's already on your machine with a version with a greater number of features and fewer bugs (or. sometimes, more bugs).

However, the updates installed last week were more like when Adobe went from CS6 to CC – or any previous major upgrade – in that new versions of the software were installed next to the previous versions, so you end up with both Illustrator CC and Illustrator CC 2014 in your Applications folder or Start Menu.

Why do I have Photoshop CC and Photoshop CC 2014?

The Creative Cloud 2014 update can leave you with many versions of Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC etc on your computer.

So why has Adobe done this? Surely this is just a waste of space – space you might need if you've only got a 256GB SSD on your laptop, for example. And for all Adobe's promises of a seamless upgrade process, I still had to change my UI and keyboard shortcut preferences – though to be fair each was a single click change – and reload my Crop tool presets in Photoshop.

Adobe has clarified that our initial assessment was correct – that the CC 2014 versions are different enough from the previous CC versions that running both side-by-side is wise – at least initially.

"Both version of the software are there to ensure maximum compatibility," an Adobe spokesperson told us in a statement. "If a user has a workflow that relies on some 3rd party software or service, they may not have updated their tools."

Photoshop CC 2014's Wacom problems

Some non-Adobe plugins and hardware drivers will need to be updated before being compatible – we've seen reports of problems with support for Wacom tablets on Windows 8.1 due to under-the-hood changes to support tablet computers such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

There many also be other bugs that might make you want to stick with the old CC version. And if you like Photoshop's Oil Paint filter or want to run Creative Cloud tools on an OS X 10.6 Mac, you're gonna have to stick to the old version too.

We'll update this story when Adobe respond to our request for information.


Paulie DC said: CC 2014 dropped the Oil Paint Filter. They also changed the dashboard popout panels from Flash to HTML 5 so things like Kubota Actions don't work any longer because the panels are all Flash and there are no backwards compatible features in this area.

Karen Mitchell said: And if you do that, what are you going to do when they come out with the next version?

Neil Biggin said: So if we don't have work flow issues and don't have plugins, which is the latest version - i.e. the only version to install if you only want one install?

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sam graves said: So that's states why, but which should I be using?

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emrahatilkan said: The date we have a nice alternative for Photoshop, Adobe will be going down. If it also works on Linux, then Windows and Macs can kiss my balls.

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Ryan Brackett said: Where is my Photoshop CC November 2014 version? I feel neglected... :'(

Chris said: Ps 2014 and PP 2014 bugs out a lot on me when creating animations/vids

Tom said: Mine too. Much slower. And their are problems with Bridge now. Buggy. Just hate it and when I uninstalled it my old CC has bugs now and Bridge was not recognized. It was clearly Adobe's "windows 8 release" They will never admit it is not better and then force it down our throats.

Darius said: There's no apparent advantage to the Adobe cloud model for the consumer. I don't appreciate being forced into integrating this fake "cloud" into my computer and constantly having it bug me for updates like a bad version of Norton's anti-virus from the 90's. Not only is the cloud pointless, I now have duplicates of everything without even being notified.The subscription based payment system is obviously in place to discourage "piracy" and increase profit margins. Adobe is taking full advantage over their monopoly in the design field. There's not many alternatives to their products so they can get way with almost anything.Adobe's "cloud" seems to be nothing more than a headless monster that was sent to spy on me and won't shut up until I feed it more updates.

yuvrajsinh said: What's different between Adobe Photoshop cc 2014 and adobe Photoshop cc?

Admin said: You sure have a damaged brain cause you bought a PC with a crappy configuration. Waste of $3500. You don't even know which is good graphics card or a good processor.

Christian ┼Żagarskas said: For your consideration, an open letter to Adobe.

Guest said: Apparently, Adobe's software isn't very good at counting either.

Guest said: And apparently, Adobe's software isn't very good at counting either. Only 3 updates? Really? What a mess.

Nbarros said: This is so obviously not a PC vs Mac issue! I have a mac pro that is just as easy if not easier to install a new graphics card. In fact the last time I switch from a 5770 to a GTX 670, I didn't even have to install a driver! Something that surely would have to have happened on a PC. Not to mention Adobe software runs like garbage even in my $3500 custom PC.

kartofelek007 said: On my machine Photoshop 2014 is very slow compared to CC.

DarthPJB said: The whole CC thing is a joke.I'm a developer that works on Adobe plugins as part of a larger software.CC is in reality CS7, and the Development Kit files for CC 2014 clearly label it 'CS8' internally.There never was a 'creative cloud' ~ you just got CS8 instead.

DarthPJB said: And this is why designers with competence use PC's.Where the graphics cards have Gigabytes of memory, and can be upgraded in minutes.

Aleks Petrov said: We need more Photoshops, moooore )

Sharon said: I am going back to InDesign CC until the bugs are out of CC2014. The latest aggravation is an error message saying that the ATI Radeon HD 4670 256 MB video card in my 27-in iMac (late 2009) needs to be upgraded to 512 MB or the driver updated. Neither is possible. Wasted a whole afternoon on this. Bah!

Charles Powers said: This is ridiculous. Are we going to have to go through this process every time Adobe releases a major update? What is the point of the Cloud then if we can't migrate our plugins, presets, brushes, styles, color palettes, etc.

Jaron Ray Hinds said: I spent three hours removing my prefs.psp file yesterday and had to reinstall due to this same issue.. helped alot..

Efe said: Just look at this adobe, look what you did to us!