- As of right now (with Creative Cloud running CS6 apps) most of your files are compatible, but any Cloud-only features that alter the file contents are of course not supported in the perpetually-licensed version.
- When the new version (CC) ships, only some of the applications will include support for saving files into CS6-compatible formats. CS6 will officially become a legacy version at that time.
Adobe plans to continue to support CS6 indefinitely, according to their FAQs:
Yes. Adobe will continue to make Creative Suite 6 available as a perpetual software license, and will provide bug fixes and security updates as necessary. All of the CS6 suite editions and individual products continue to be available for purchase by Electronic Software Delivery (ESD) on Adobe.com as well as through select retailers. Volume licensing for these products is also available through Adobe Authorized Resellers worldwide.
We plan to sell Creative Suite 6 for use on supported platforms indefinitely.
I am in a very similar situation (2 workstations running CS5.5 and trying to decide to go CS6 or CC). Probably going to see how the marketplace reacts to CC and Adobe responds over the next couple years. Initial signs (inability to access files after subscription lapses, lack of a 'buyout' option) are scaring me off from CC for now, despite the discounts offered by Adobe through August 31.
So if I were to set up the new workstation on the subscription (it seems inevitable that we are being pushed towards this), would my files from the upgraded CS6 workstations be compatible with CC, or would there be issues working back and forth between the two?
Are the two versions compatible? Am I just best to throw out my perfectly fine design premium 5.5 editions and start again from scratch with the subscription?
Thanks for any insight or help you can offer.
As Dave hinted, it's different for each Creative Cloud application... Here's an Adobe CC File Compatibility Guide that should hopefully answer all your questions when working with older versions, if you haven't figured it out already.
If it helps, all CC subscribers also receive access to install and use the CS6 releases of the apps, if/when desired: