Quick Update: Scaleform & the Adobe Creative Cloud
Hi everyone! It’s me again (Sergej) and I want to talk about my experience with Scaleform for Unity now that a few weeks have passed. And I’d like to introduce you to Adobe’s Creative Cloud offer.
I’m a strong believer in the fact that a picture says more than a thousand words. That’s why I want show you this:
Scaleform is on the best way to be one of the greatest expansions for Unity. Unfortunately it is still in beta and has some really annoying bugs. The main problems are the lack of it’s Render-to-texture ability, some visual bugs on Mac OS and an API that differes from the UDK or standalone version. It also has some stability issues on PC and Mac OS. But good news is that Autodesk is still doing good job and that they are giving great support in their forums. If you are using Scaleform or planning to do so in the future bookmark the official forum.
On the positive side, Scaleform is very stable on Android devices. The smallest device we use is a Sony Xperia Mini. Believe me, it’s tiny, but so far we have really good performance on it. So after some difficulties we are not disappointed in our decision to use Scaleform in Tridek. Stay tuned for more information as we progress on this journey.
The second topic of my blog post is Adobe’s Creative Cloud. After we have decided to use Scaleform for the Tridek production we realized that we basically had to buy Adobe CS6. As a small independent developer the pain of spending more than 2800€ is quite high. And so we were happy to hear about the new license offer from Adobe: Adobe Creative Cloud with the complete CS6 package for 49€ monthly. The big here plus is the cost control. You gain access to whole software package, which can be installed on two separate machines. This costs us 600 EUR per year (more if we want to be able to cancel the contract monthly). We’ve decided to get a yearly and a monthly subscription to be able to mix flexibility with savings. So far I can’t say anything negative about this offer, so:
My advice to you guys is to evaluate Scaleform and Adobe Creative Cloud (both of them are not paying me to write this … really). So long, Sergej.