Adobe kills Creative Suite, goes subscription-only

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  1. Wild Hunter

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    This will be funny in 5 years when we look back and wonder what happened to Adobe...
     
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    Wow... pretty bold move, that's for sure.
     
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    Yeesh! I'm still on CS5, and was thinking of upgrading soon.

    Now, I'm absolutely confused.

    Are they expecting me to pay for every month that I use their products?
    Or is the monthly subscription purely related to updates?

    And most importantly, can I work off-line with the software?
    With capped residential internet speeds, I can't imagine many digital artists tolerating the slow upload/download speeds involved with "cloud" computing.
     
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    You will pay for every month you want to use it. Just like you would pay for Netflix every month you watch it.

    Can't answer the offline question. Since I am sure this is largely an anti-piracy move, I doubt you could use it long with contacting their servers.
     
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    On 1 side, they are increasing their revenue stability and letting new users use their software legally on a monthly payment basis.

    On another side, they are opening up doors for competitors and testing the loyalty of their customer base.

    Seems like they've made their calculations and deem the risk worth it. Whether they are right or not is in the hands of the customers. It's gonna be interesting how this works out for Adobe in the long run.
     
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    Wow. This amounts to a perpetual tax on our files.

    In many cases, Adobe software is the only type that can properly edit certain file formats. They are now saying that without paying every month, we can no longer edit these files.

    I am not worried now. Many advanced creative types, in certain mediums, are content to use one Creative-Suite edition for almost a decade. In that context, paying a "one-time fee" for the suite (or its individual components) made sense.

    My worry comes in the future, as the abilities of the file formats exceed those of the stand-alone CS6 software. Then, we will all be locked into Adobe's perpetual extortion scheme.
     
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    Piracy will soar exponentially for doing something that they think will prevent it.
     
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    i've switched to GIMP and Inkscape.

    no monthly subscriptions there. ;)
     
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    I think of this as less of an anti-piracy move and more of a "locking in" strategy, along with a "we're not sure you're giving us enough for our products" move. Granted this indeed will be interesting from a pirate perspective.
     
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    As good as GIMP is though, it just can't hold up when working with massive, complex projects in the design industry.
     
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    On the surface, $50 a month sounds really high, that's $600 a year. But then again, I guess purchasing the software is pretty high too. I don't know what it was going for, but probably quite a bit. I wonder how this will all work in a corporate environment?
     
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    I don't think it's gonna work in the long run, except for professional industries. But still though, it's way too expensive. I don't think it will please home users. I mean seriously...

     
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    Agreed, I doubt many home users will be willing to fork out $50 a month for it.
     
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    I'm not against the model but I think the prices need to be reduced significantly.
     
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    Monthly is more flexible, allows someone to drop out whenever they want to, if they want to...
     
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    Couldn't the users try the trial version? Oh yeah, crippled trialware. :D

    Bet they'll lose some market-share if they did that, if their customers haven't raised their torches and pitchforks as an extra. :D
     
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    It was well over a grand per box from CS 5 on back.
     
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    This move effectively puts Adobe in full control over the price of CS. When you buy a standalone product, you will be able to use it as long as you want. However, for a subscription based software, things can quickly go wrong for the user; Adobe can decide anytime they want to increase the subscription plan prices! If you want to continue to use their product, you are forced to pay up the next month. For a standalone product, you have a larger time margin to decide if you want to upgrade or not to a newer (and maybe more expensive) version of the software.
     
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    ..or if they don't. Office 365 is moving in the same direction. Someday everything you use will be accessed by subscription. Lose your job? Too bad, you can't access your stuff because you couldn't afford the bill. Need to send someone your resume for another job? Too bad, it's in the account you couldn't afford to pay for. Can't afford it for a couple of billing cycles? Too bad, they are permanently deleting all of your stuff. :thumbd:
     
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    Nicely spotted, xxJackxx.
     
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