Adobe Creative Cloud: What You Need to Know

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Adobe announced on Monday that Creative Suite is no more and that moving forward Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and the rest of the company's professional content creation apps are available only as part of Creative Cloud. That was promptly followed by wailing, gnashing of teeth, the falling of the sky, and plenty of misconceptions spread as fact. We decided to cut through the noise and get the straight answers because you can't decide if Creative Cloud (CC) is right for you without good information.

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Creative Cloud is Adobe's subscription license model for its professional Mac and Windows content creation and editing applications; the familiar Adobe apps, like Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere, Flash, and Acrobat. It was first introduced along side Creative Suite 6 last year as an alternative to traditional perpetual licensing, and this year replaces Creative Suite all together.

It was clear Adobe wanted to push its customers into the subscription model, but I wasn't expecting the change to come so quickly. Until Monday, there was still speculation that Creative Suite 7 would be unveiled and that users would have the option of choosing between perpetual and subscription licensing, just as they could with Creative Suite 6. Since that isn't what happened, it's time to bone up on our Creative Cloud facts.

Within minutes of Adobe announcing the new Creative Cloud, the rants were already flooding my Twitter stream with complaints about being forced to use Web-based apps, needing always-on Internet connections, and losing all your files when your subscription expires. Turns out all of those complaints are wrong.

Where Are My Adobe Apps?
The Creative Cloud name seems to have caused a little confusion because people think that means they're using Web-based versions of Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver. The reality is that you download those apps, just as you did with a perpetual license for Creative Suite 6, and they live on your computer.

Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premier, Acrobat, and rest of the (former) Creative Suite titles are still native Mac and Windows apps running on your computer locally, not apps running in your Web browser. Creative Cloud doesn't change how you access or run your Adobe apps, just how you pay for your license.

Adobe's application manager handles app installsAdobe's application manager handles app installs

If you're currently using an older versions of Adobe's apps, like Creative Suite 4, the installation process will be a little different since you're downloading the apps instead of installing them from DVD. The new application manager should, however, look pretty familiar to CS6 users even if they aren't already CC subscribers.

Can Adobe Delete My Apps and Files?
Creative Cloud is a subscription license, so that means if you don't pay, your subscription shuts down. Since you already installed the apps on your computer, they'll stay there taking up space until you delete them or pay to reactivate your licenses.

The files you create with Adobe's apps are yours and won't go away if your subscription lapses. All of the files on your hard drive stay where you put them, and you can take them to any other computer running the same apps, or even prior versions of those apps, and use them without any restrictions. Files that you save to your Creative Cloud online storage will still be there when you reactivate your subscription, although you won't be able to access them during the lapse period.

If your files are critical, they should be saved in more than one location -- one of which isn't your CC online storage. That way, you control your backups and always have your files even if you drop your CC subscription.

If you have a perpetual license version of Adobe's apps, like CS6, they're licensed independently of your CC apps, so they'll continue to work just as they always have and won't be impacted by your subscription status, nor will they get deleted when you install CC versions. Translation: The CC and CS versions of your apps will peacefully coexist.

Do I Have to be Online to Use My Apps?
Nope, you don't have to be online to use the CC apps. You do, however, need to be online about once a month-ish for the apps to verify that your CC subscription is still active. That system has been in place for a year now, and so far it hasn't had any major problems leaving users locked out of their apps.

Even if your CC subscription lapses, you still aren't totally dead in the water. Instead of deactivating completely, the apps revert to demo versions for 30 days.

Is Creative Cloud the Only Option for Adobe Apps?
It's no secret that Adobe really wants all of us as Creative Cloud subscribers. That said, the company also knows that for some people CC simply isn't an option. For those customers, the Creative Suite 6 perpetual license is still available.

Giving users the option of buying CS6 is good news, but that does come with a limitation: Adobe won't be adding any new features to the CS6 apps and will only release maintenance updates. Adobe will eventually drop support for CS6, so don't expect to be able to keep using those versions of Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver indefinitely.

Is Creative Cloud More Expensive?
Will a Creative Cloud subscription cost you more than a perpetual license? That depends, and to help sort out what the prices mean, I turned to Adobe InDesign expert and trainer Erica Gamet. The short version is users who upgrade very rarely, say every five years, will spend more on Creative Cloud while everyone else could save some money.

Depending on your needs, CC might save you moneyDepending on your needs, CC might save you money

"Let's say you buy and use the Creative Suite Master Collection and Lightroom for three years without buying any upgrades. That's US$2,748," she said. "Three years of Creative Cloud costs $1,764, and also includes 20GB of online storage, TypeKit, and Adobe app creation. Plus, you get major application updates for free."

She added that for professional users who need to stay on top of the latest Adobe app versions, and use other Adobe services, the savings can be significant.

If you aren't a Master Suite user, the numbers work out a little differently. For example, Creative Suite Production or Design and Web users who upgrade every other year would pay $2,274 during their first three years, which is still substantially more than a CC subscription over that same time. An every other year upgrade cycle after that, however, would run $750 -- or $1,125 for an every year upgrade cycle -- which both come in under the cost of a CC subscription.

For Creative Suite Standard customers, that first three year cycle costs $1,574, or $190 less than a CC subscription over the same time.

While the costs over time for a perpetual license for Creative Suite Production, Design and Web, or Standard can be less compared to a CC subscription, it's important to remember that we're now comparing numbers for packages that include subsets of the Adobe apps, whereas the Master Suite includes nearly all of Adobe's products, and it's the Master Suite that Creative Cloud replaces.

Also, Adobe offers a single-app Creative Cloud subscription for $19.99 a month for users that don't need more than just, say, Photoshop or Illustrator. Plus, Adobe offers educational discounts and is currently offering special pricing for anyone with a Creative Suite 3 or newer license that wants to move to CC.

Adobe chose to go with a flat fee for everything model with Creative Cloud, so there isn't any option between the one-app $19.99 option and take-it-all option, so if you're currently anything other than a Master Suite user you won't find the options you're familiar with in CC -- they aren't there. Very few of the creative professionals I've encountered were Creative Suite Standard users, so most of the people I know will probably be getting a wider app selection for less money as Creative Cloud subscribers, especially since they're people that upgrade every year or so.

Is Adobe Screwing Me?
That's a matter of perspective. If you typically go five years or more between Adobe app upgrades, then you'll probably end up paying more over time as a Creative Cloud user. Otherwise, you may end up saving money in the long run.

If you have an aversion to subscription software models, you can still buy Creative Suite 6, but don't be surprised when Adobe eventually leaves you behind. Still, ongoing payments for software is a notion that doesn't sit well with many Adobe users, so the company has a lot of work before it gets everyone on board with the idea.

The new versions of the Creative Cloud apps won't be available until June, and even when they're out you don't have to upgrade right away if you don't want to. That said, it's a safe bet that other software makers are watching to see how this plays out and may very well follow suit and jump into the subscription game, too.

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Comments

geoduck

ongoing payments for software is a notion that doesn’t sit well with many Adobe users

That said, it’s a safe bet that other software makers are watching to see how this plays out and may very well follow suit and jump into the subscription game, too.

All the more reason to just say no. MS is looking more and more like they’re going to push Office users to Office365. Others are not far behind.  But we can prevent it. Just say no to renting software.

To users of these packages; what options have you found? I’ll start:
I moved over to OpenOffice about six years ago and it does everything I need, plus Draw is actually pretty good, something MSOffice doesn’t include. For the few times I need photo editing I’ve used GIMP. If all I need is captions and tags I use Preview.

What other options are out there?

palenoue

So basically you’re saying that because your needs are simple Adobe is evil for their Creative Cloud.  Well, I use practically everything Adobe offers every week and this is a big improvement over buying suite upgrades every other year.  Maybe if you grow up and join the real world where quality matters you wouldn’t be so desperate to use inferior alternatives.  If this sounds snarky it is, just as much as you trying to sound superior by being cheap.

Cow

The petition against Creative Cloud is here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/adobe-systems-incorporated-eliminate-the-mandatory-creative-cloud-subscription-model

Cow

palenoue,

Real professionals want control over their machines and the apps that run on them. Real professionals know what’s going on with their machines to keep their own data and their client’s data they have on their machines secure.

Other professionals and myself (testing it on a non-production computer) have already witnessed Creative Cloud phoning home more than Adobe claims it does. There has even already been premature subscription shutdowns in the middle of the month that stopped the entire workflow until it was addressed.

Are you a professional? You may think so, but I sure as hell wouldn’t want MY client’s data on your computer. I would never work with someone who put’s my client’s data at risk because they don’t have command over their own security.

What about when Adobe’s Creative Cloud is hacked and people can’t get access to their apps and files once the subscription is up? How long before the subscription service protocol is hacked and hackers can disable your Creative Cloud apps remotely? Not long.

This is why this is a horrible idea for customers, but great for Adobe to price gouge its captive customers (cough! ” subscribers”) down the road.
Adobe is just another huge corporation that doesn’t want American small businesses to own the products they buy.

This won’t stop piracy, instead it will hurt the paying customers. The irony will be that some of the pirated versions of Creative Cloud will be safer to use than the legit version because the pirated version won’t have a gaping hole in your computer to contact Adobe’s servers or even hacker’s servers who exploit the hole.

Government and businesses with high value sensitive data will need to hack their own CC apps to make them secure. Will Adobe sue these entities with a DMCA attack?

Get your head out of Adobe’s FUD and look around…

It’s the professional thing to do.

Dan C.

Let’s keep it simple, then. Let’s use the example of a professional photographer who likes to use the latest version of Photoshop (standard, not extended), and loyally purchases every single version.

You pay $700 for the first version, and then $200 every other year after that. (Just to keep the numbers straightforward.) Over a ten year period, that would be 4 upgrades plus the original purchase, for $1500 total. Again, this is for someone who upgrades every single version.

A “cloud” rental of just Photoshop at a yearly-committment rate of $20/month ($240/year) comes out to… $2400!!!

Therefore, the assertion that people who upgrade regularly will save money is demonstrably false.

I’m certain there are some situations where people will save money. There always are. But the average user who wants to have quality software will be shafted by this new software rental model.

xmattingly

Uh, no. First of all, the “expert’s” math is wrong. 36 months is $1800, not $1764… or $600/year. And I freakin’ HATE the way Adobevangelists throw in that “and you also get” language, as if a bunch of add-ons that you may or may not want or need really sweetens the fact that they’re soaking you. Who gives a crap about 20gb of storage? There are plenty of free online storage options that aren’t tacked on to a monthly membership.

Here’s some real math, and my sticking point: my last upgrade cost $850. I typically upgraded every 18 months to 2 years, and only if the newest version was worth it. That works out to about the same price for a CC subscription. BUT: I’ve gone up to 3 years between upgrades. So weighing a purchased license vs. subscription at 3 years, not only will Adobe have soaked me for an extra $1000, but now I’m being forced into a perpetual payment cycle, and meanwhile they’ve eliminated the necessity of offering meaningful product improvements.

So five years, Jeff? No. Try only THREE for a Design Premium user.

Long story short, Adobe has taken the pressure off of competing with themselves, provided you with basically no options as a consumer, and they’ll get your money anyway. Let’s not overlook the fact that - while many are measuring CC vs. CS’ worth, Adobe also has carte blanche to raise prices any time they see fit; which I’m predicting won’t take more than a couple of upgrade cycles for them to do.

Lee Dronick

I do like their graphic. I did something like a long time ago, in Illustrator smile

geoduck

quote palenoue
{quote]Maybe if you grow up and join the real world where quality matters you wouldn’t be so desperate to use inferior alternatives.  If this sounds snarky it is, just as much as you trying to sound superior by being cheap.

Grow Up? Listen son. I’m an IT manager, a PROFESSIONAL, with over 15 years experience in both Corporate and University settings and a decade of freelance consulting before that. What I’ve learned over that time is that there’s a difference between cheap and frugal. Frugal spends no more than they need to do the job they need to do. Cheap doesn’t spend money even when it’s in their best interest. I’m frugal not cheap.
I use Open Office on my personal machine because it does what I need. My wife uses MSOffice.X because it does what she needs. If we had bought into this subscription model for her we would, over the last decade+ have spent many times more, by a factor of at least ten or twenty for no more function.
At work, where I’m in charge of computer, server, and telephone systems, we use Windows 7 and Office2010. We aren’t upgrading to 8 and 2013 because I tested them and they are incompatible with our legacy systems, as are Office365 and GoogleDocs.
And this is why I am so opposed to renting software. You don’t control what you have. It might work today and then tomorrow they’ve updated the back end and it breaks. Once you get a configuration that works you can’t count on it working into the future. And for this you pay a monthly fee. No thanks.
But if renting software works for you then that’s cool. If you really need to have absolutely the latest update from Adobe the second it comes out pushed out to your production system with no testing then that’s cool. I think you should ask yourself though, if you really need to be spending that money when what you have is working. It might help your bottom line.
My experience tells me that for most people this will be a more expensive option that for the most part will only benefit Adobe. If this model becomes the norm I see it hurting a lot of small companies and users.

Brutno

Love the fact that Adobe makes any documents you’ve created absolutely unusable if you don’t pay a monthly charge - FOREVER. They must be so proud of themselves. “Nice file you have there. Sure would be a shame if you couldn’t open it.”

Lee Dronick

Brutno, PhotoShop and Illustrator files can be opened in several programs. I don’t know how well that works, you may lose layer editing and such.  When I was doing page layout using InDesign I deivered PDF files to the print shop and I have those files archived. Maybe I should open the Photoshop and Illustrator files that I created and own, and export them.

Rob

Hear’s a scenario.  You subscribe to Creative Cloud.  You use it to create a lot of great original proprietory creative material(Art, Logos, Motion Graphics - Whatever.)  Then for whatever reason, your subscriprion lapses.  Maybe you just can’t afford it anymore or don’t use it enough to justify the yearly cost.  Then a year later you need to use some of that creative material that YOU created and YOU own the proprietary rights to.  - Guess what.  You can’t use it.  Maybe you only need to open one .psd file or one .ai file.  - Can’t do it unless you pony up $600.00 for a new subscription.  At least with the boxed version you can always access your own work.

Word to the wise - don’t save your work in Adobe’s proprietory formats.  Save it in some kind of open format.  Or better still don’t use Creative Suite to create anything you may need to access in the future.

I ran into the following problem with Cloud Software just recently.  I used Intuit’s Turbo Tax Online version to do my 2010 and 2011 Taxes.  This year I needed to access some of the data I entered into Turbo Tax for 2010.  I logged on and found out that Intuit deletes all accounts and data after two years.  Even though I had saved the Turbo Tax Return file on my hard drive, it’s usless to me since my 2010 account is gone.  And even if I forked over more money to subscribe to the 2010 version for late filers, the data from the original 2010 version doesn’t work with it.  Since I electroically filed my taxes with Turbo Tax, the only hard copy I have is the condensed summary printout.  All the detail is gone. The only way to find out the detail of what I actually filed is to ask the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) for that information - which is awkward when you are in the middle of a dispute with them.

I know this is not exactly comparable to the Adobe Scenario above but it does point to the fact that The Cloud can have some potentially bad consequiences down the road particularly with archived data.  Even if you backup your data as I did, your backups are useless if you don’t have access to the cloud programs that created that data.

anonymous

“Is Adobe Screwing Me?” Um, hell yes. I hadn’t upgraded anything from CS2 until recently b/c there wasn’t a real need. Hell, the only thing I used was photoshop. It was being able to update my OS that made me get a newer version at all.

I expect retail boxes of software on eBay to SPIKE in price due to demand.

John B

You’re wrong on several counts, at least in many circumstances. First, files. Sure, you can keep them. But if your subscription lapses for any reason, you probably won’t be able to open them in some critical applications because earlier versions will not open files created in later versions. Second, pricing. No one who’s been a long-time Adobe user has ever paid the amounts stated. I started many, many years ago with a couple apps (when they were much cheaper), then upgraded fairly regularly. I skipped a few along the way, but never paid more than about 50-75% of any MSRP upgrade price, since discounts were always available. I never paid anything close to full Suite pricing, ever, nor anything close to Adobe’s published upgrade prices. So all these “fact-checking” stories discussing relative pricing have completely failed to consider real world conditions.

xip

I remember Adobe sending surveys asking if I would prefer a subscription over upgrade purchases.  I gave all answers a resounding NO to subscriptions. There is certainly room for the companies that automatically pay for EVERY upgrade no matter their actual need.  But in today’s economic environment there are probably more and more people who wait as many versions as they can before upgrading. 
Typical Adobe putting their own bottom line before their customers.  But what happens when those customers go out of business in part due to their new policies.  Penny wise pound foolish.
And 20GB!! If that is meant for Professionals, than that is an insult.  It is nothing more than an old fashioned “sneaker net” to get your file from the office to home at best! Thanks, but I’ll pay $20 for a 32GB flash drive instead.

FlipFriddle

There’s a couple things I’m still not sure about that I’ll be looking into: one, since I work in higher-ed, I haven’t been able to find out what the education pricing model will be like. Our IT dept. is pretty conservative and is not a fan of subscription anything. We’ll have to see what sort of site-licensing or multi-user options there are. Currently when we order multiple licenses of a piece of software (like CS6) we pay for one piece of media, the DVD, and then a price per license.
The other thing is I wonder what control the user has over how automatically updates are applied. Since I use Design Premium right now, the only economic cloud solution is the whole shebang. At home, on my slower connection, I’m really not interested in working along, and then sitting around waiting for a 2GB download of Dreamweaver and Fireworks which I never use and don’t currently install. Also, since many CS users rely on third-party plug-ins like image processors and font management, I don’t want to get Adobe updates pushed to me that may break a third-party app that doesn’t have the resources to push an update at the same time. I can’t have my font management app pack up in the middle of a project.
Also, what happens when you are working on a Mac that can’t install OS updates any longer because of it’s age, and Adobe pushes an update that is only compatible with the latest OS. Can you stop the install or are you stuck with buying a new machine?
Still a lot of questions.

Missy Smith

It continues to amaze me how Adobe can conjure up all kinds of ways to make us pay for a “new improved” product that likely won’t include the basic features their customers have been requesting for years. I find it difficult give Adobe monthly “alimony” when all I want is intuitive line spacing that will average two paragraph styles’ before and after spacing. Where do I sign up for getting a cross-reference panel that displays existing cross-reference targets so I can easily insert a reference multiple times and places without having to set it up each time or copying and pasting the x-ref?
I can see where this pay-as-you-go idea could work for some, but there are a lot of freelancers out there that aren’t going to go for it. Looks like I’ll be using the CS6 I currently have until they pull my dying hands off the keyboard.

Lee Dronick

In regards to opening Adobe files with other than their apps

My InDesign files will only open with that app. Other apps may open it, but nothing that I have installed and I doubt that there is any that will. As mentioned previously, I have PDF files of those jobs and can open them in a number of apps

Illustrator files created in version 9 up to version 11 (the latest I have) will open with Preview. Files created in version 8 will not open in Preview, but they will with Graphic Converter.  Of course I can not edit them as vector art in Preview or Graphic Converter. iDraw, available in the App Store, lists Illustrator v11 files as among those that it can import. How well it may work I don’t know, but I have been eying that app to replace my Illustrator.

PhotoShop files can be opened in Preview and a number of other apps. I don’t know what will be lost, it will maybe it be a flat file, no layers.

So you can get some things out of Adobe’s “walled garden” by opening them with a different app. However, I think that some of my files had be opened and exported.

FlipFriddle

Not to mention that you can’t even open an InDesign CS5.5 document in InDesign CS5. Or a 6 in 5.5. You are stuck using the interchange format. If you can’t open InDesign to do that because your license is expired, too bad for you.

Lee Dronick

Not to mention that you can’t even open an InDesign CS5.5 document in InDesign CS5. Or a 6 in 5.5.

Walled garden smile

Richard

Of course Adobe is screwing us. They are taking away choices that a fair number of people have utilized.

I have LR & PS licenses. I don’t need the rest of CS and certainly don’t want to pay the full rate for things I don’t use. I update PS and/or LR when the new feature set seems worth it to me.

I guess I am stuck at PS CS 6 forever now. Thanks for nothing Adobe.

Deborah Shadovitz

There has been at least one known case of a user being locked out of apps. I know people who travel for periods of time. If you are in a place like Cuba or a remote mountain village and don’t have internet, you can miss your check-in. I believe the person was able to resolve his issue though.

websnap

Just for some clarity, and I am not totally in favour of this new “scheme” but to state facts here, lets clear up some info.

1. Your files are your own. For added safety, don’t use the cloud storage if you don’t want (I won’t) then there will be no fear of losing access to them if it lapses or if their service is down. Simple enough.

2. The suite won’t stop working if the service is down or if you forgot and let your subscription lapses. You still install the applications on your machine like always and all you do is connect to the server once a month to verify that your subscription is valid. If you let it lapse, you still have 30 days to use it under “demo” mode, which still is a full version of the suite with all of it’s features intact. Perfect to go thought your files and either save them down a version or output them as something else entirely. This is adobe though, so I guarantee you will be bombarded with reminder emails, and remember, they price it per month but you sign up for a year. It’s not like you didn’t pay you bill and the cut off the lights. It’s a yearly thing. If it lapses, you probably let it lapse and if you need it back, it will probably be no more than a Customer Service call away from re-activation.

3. if you would prefer, there are other great apps that do some of what Adobe’s suite does, definitely the web portions (Sencha, Coda, Expresso…) Photoshop is difficult nut to crack but it really depends on you use of it. If it is moderate photo retouching there is Pixlemator and Acorn. Both really foot apps that work in the .PSD format. Gimp is free but crappy for anything more that really light and infrequent work. There is nothing for InDesign other that Quark for serious layout. Illustrator has alternatives in Sketchbook Pro, Manga Studio and Sketch Studio. it’s a mixed bag though. Some are just aimed at illustration, others are more vector graphic leaning.

All this being said, I don’t know how we ail proceed with this. I’m part of a big company so my experience and case usage will differ greatly from others. However the facts as stated above still hold true.

Websnap

“Hear’s a scenario.  You subscribe to Creative Cloud.  You use it to create a lot of great original proprietory creative material(Art, Logos, Motion Graphics - Whatever.)  Then for whatever reason, your subscriprion lapses.  Maybe you just can’t afford it anymore or don’t use it enough to justify the yearly cost.  Then a year later you need to use some of that creative material that YOU created and YOU own the proprietary rights to.  - Guess what.  You can’t use it.  Maybe you only need to open one .psd file or one .ai file.  - Can’t do it unless you pony up $600.00 for a new subscription.  At least with the boxed version you can always access your own work.”

@ Rob

You can always download the Demo of the app free from the site and export/output what you need for 30 days. Not the best solution but enough to get you out of a bind. Also psd’s open with Preview, Acorn and Pixelmator if needed.

Rich

Pay a software subscription price, or never be able to open my created works again? That, plain and simple, is extortion.

If there had never, in any instance, been a permanent license version of any Adobe software, and they had always had subscription based software, they might have a leg to stand on to claim it is not extortion.

This is, however, classic enticement.

In any business, being forced to limit yourself to one production method or one manner of achieving your goal, makes you vulnerable to the control of whomever controls that method of production. It’s like a drug dealer. “Here, kid. First one’s free.”

Adobe has essentially created itself a de facto monopoly. It developed and sold a series of products which became, through attrition and absorption the singular products available to use in their given areas. Yes, opinions vary, and people can argue the merits of particular tools, however… Those products, by being the best in class, or near best in class, and eventually being virtually the only product available in the industry, are used pretty much universally. They’re the only game in town, as it were.

But that was OK, because once you bought your copy of the software, you had the tool you needed, forever. Until your computer platform needs changed or forced an upgrade, or your professional needs changed and forced an upgrade, you could 24x7 use your software to open, edit, save, print, export, etc. any created material. Without restriction.

Now, however, because they are the only game in town, Adobe has seen fit to change the pricing model. No longer are they content to provide the dru— the software with a perpetual license, they wish to charge a monthly fee for the privilege. This is all well and good. It is their product. They can, in the free market, charge what they wish, and in what fashion they wish. In this case, however, since they are the only game in town, they are forcing all users to adopt their pricing model to maintain access to their created material. If you wish to open, edit, save, print or otherwise modify your created material, you must pay Adobe in order to do so. If you do not comply, there is no more access 24x7 for you. Pay up or Guido’ll have to break your legs. [backspace backspace backspace] Pay the software subscription price or lose access to everything you created. No thanks. I’ll stick with my outdated copy of CS6, and maintain my computer.

B. Mackey

While this change may very well be valuable for those who use Adobe products for business, it fails miserably for the many of us who have been loyal Photoshop users and avid amature photographers. We don’t always want or need the “latest and greatest” updates as soon as they are released.

The new model changes the relationship between Adobe and many of their customers from collaborative to dealer/user. From now on, every single cloud customer is totally dependant upon the company, Adobe raises prices, the cloud customer has two options, pay or go “cold turkey” and be totally stripped of any/all use of the software you have invested in for many, many years. A great marketing model for crack dealers, not certain it works as well for a former customer service oriented company. 

For me and many other users the Creative Cloud is a Mushroom Cloud. Too bad Adobe has decided on only one distribution model as if maintained it will force many long time loyal customers to look elsewhere. Adobe, if you are no longer interested in single users why don’t you just come out as say so?

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