Well if you are a Photoshop user there are some changes happening that you might want to be aware of. Adobe has decided to bet the farm that the future lies in digital distribution and subscriptions.
Let me explain, as of May 6, 2013, you will still be able to buy CS6 but it will be only from a 3rd party reseller. You are no longer able to download Photoshop (or any other Adobe product except for Lightroom) and a license to use CS6 from the Adobe website. Adobe has not said when it will stop selling CS6 all together but my suspicion is that as soon as current stock is sold there will be no more copies available at the local Best Buy.
The fact that the new edition of Photoshop and other Adobe products will out in June only confirms my suspicion. So how do you get Photoshop and you other favorite Adobe products, well you get them from Creative Cloud.
Creative Cloud is Adobe’s subscription service that they released just over a year ago and is how Adobe is planning on getting all of its tools in to the hands of designers, photographers, videographers, web developers and audio professionals.
So let me be clear, you will no longer be able to spend an obscene amount of money to purchase a disk or a download a piece of software waiting patiently to do it all over again in 24 months when they release the “newest” version.
For you this means that if you want Photoshop you will need to be a Creative Cloud subscriber. For Adobe this means they are now moving to a new business model, where the focus will be squarely on subscriptions and not on selling boxed software, licenses and upgrades anymore.
Although Adobe has no plans to release any new versions of Creative Suite going forward, they will ensure that every CS6 application will run on the next version of OS X and Windows. It will also provide the usual bug fixes and security patches, but it won’t add any new features to the tools.
So here comes the shit storm, several big name photographers have been stirring up their followers telling them how terrible this is but unfortunately there is some huge misunderstandings of what Creative Cloud is and what it is not and it is doing a disservice to the product. I have read literally hundreds of comments on Facebook with all sorts of misinformation.
First of all, despite the Creative Cloud name it does not mean that it operates from “in the cloud”. With a subscription, users download the software to their desktops and install and use it the same way they would an electronic download or boxed purchase. There is no difference. The software is on your computer. Once download, you do not have to be connected to the internet in order to use it.
Secondly Adobe has no control over your photos you do NOT have to store them in the cloud you can save them the same way you have always saved them. However if you do want to use Adobes Cloud you get 20GB of storage in your subscribers package.
Another thing I read was the fear that once they have you on a subscription then they will jack up the price, total and utter bullshit, they could have jacked up the price of their already overly expensive boxed software but they didn’t, so why would they do it for their subscribers.
Of course price is always an issue and by my calculations you are paying about the same amount if you were to buy new and keep upgrading when a new release came out. A lot of people on Facebook were saying that they only upgraded once every 5 years. Unfortunately those people don’t know that Adobe change its upgrade policy with CS6. As of CS6 you can only upgrade 1 version back. Meaning if you have or had CS4, you CAN’T upgrade, you must purchase the software as if you never owned it.
This is the reason that I became a Creative Cloud subscriber to begin with. I owned the full suite of the original CS when it came out in 2004, I then upgraded to CS4 5 or 6 years later, and I tried to upgrade to CS6 but because I had CS4 and Adobe changed their policy they wanted a couple of thousand dollars from me for the full offering and $700-800 for just Photoshop. Well I wasn’t about to outlay that type of cash and then a year ago I discovered the Creative Cloud and I have now been a subscriber for almost a year.
I think it is totally worth it. For a monthly fee I get access to:
And other services for file sharing, collaboration, and publishing apps and websites, such as Creative Cloud Files that include 20 GB cloud storage, Kuler®, Business Catalyst®, Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition, Behance®, ProSite, and more.
To me this is a great deal the software is updated on an ongoing basis, no need to wait until the next release, everything works smoothly.
I could’t be happier with the access to all of Adobe products, Creative Cloud is a good thing.
As of May 2013, the Creative Cloud pricing is as follows (US):
$19.99 per month: Access to the full version of one Adobe application (paying monthly, requires a one-year commitment).
$29.99/$19.99: Student and Teacher edition, access to every Adobe creative desktop application (paying monthly, requires a one-year commitment). Normally $29.99 per month, reduced price of $19.99 (for the first year) for subscriptions activated before June 25, 2013.
$49.99/$29.99 per month: Access to every Adobe creative desktop application (paying monthly, requires a one-year commitment). Normally $49.99, reduced price of $29.99 (for the first year) for current owners of CS3 or later who activate their subscription before July 31, 2013.