In June Adobe released updates for most of their Creative Cloud (CC) apps, but the release names and version numbering are perplexing.

In 2013 Adobe released CC 2013 apps, in 2014 they released CC 2014 apps, and in 2015 they released CC 2015 apps… so most people assumed they would release CC 2016 apps this year.

Instead Adobe has released this mixed bag of “June 2016 release” updates for CC 2015.  Some upgrade CC 2015 apps to new versions, and some just apply incremental version updates.

These CC 2015 updates included in the “June 2016 release” are upgrades that replace the app with a newer version:

  • Photoshop CC 2015.5
  • Illustrator CC 2015.3
  • Premiere Pro CC 2015.3
  • After Effect CC 2015.3
  • Audition CC 2015.2
  • Muse CC 2015.2
  • Prelude CC 2015.4
  • Media Encoder CC 2015.3
  • Lightroom CC 2015.6

These CC 2015 updates included in the “June 2016 release” are incremental updates:

  • InDesign CC 2015.4
  • InCopy CC 2015.4
  • Animate CC 2015.2

This chart shows all the updates and their versions.  It’s difficult to put into words the insanity, but here is an example:  The InDesign CC 2015.3 update that was released March 2016 took InDesign to v11.3.  The new InDesign CC 2015.4 update included with the “June 2016 release” updates InDesign to v11.4.  No problem there… but the Illustrator CC 2015.2.1 update that was released in January 2016 took Illustrator to v19.2.1, yet the new Illustrator CC 2015.3 update included with the “June 2016 release” replaces Illustrator to v20.  What?

When you use the Creative Cloud interface to get the latest versions, if the app is going to be replaced you’ll receive a warning, and if you know what you’re doing you can elect to keep the previous version*.  This made sense when going from CC 2013 to CC 2014, and CC 2014 to CC 2015.  The line is really blurred now when going from CC 2015.x to 2015.x, especially since the numbering is all over the board and some are incremental.

One more thing… Regarding the CC 2015 “June 2016 release” updates that are actually upgrades… Adobe has decided to remove the direct download links for these installers, forcing CC subscribers to get them from the Creative Cloud interface.  This prevents the ability to push these updates out using RMM tools, making a lot of IT departments and MSPs very unhappy.  Here is an article detailing the situation, and reportedly Adobe is looking into a way to bring back the direct download links.

*When an Adobe CC app is going to be replaced instead of updated, you will see a prompt stating “[…] the older CC versions of the app will be removed”.  If you click the Advanced Options section on this prompt, there is a choice for “Remove old versions” which is checked.  Unchecking this will allow you to keep the previous version, and run it alongside the new version.