In the statement ,Adobe gave particular attention to photographers, who have apparently been the most vocal group among Adobe’s customers dissatisfied with the Creative Cloud offerings. Adobe alludes to an option for the photography community that will be different from what’s already on the table for Creative Cloud apps (i.e., Photoshop and Lightroom subscriptions).
. . . . we have heard some concerns around our move to Creative Cloud. Three main themes are coming through:
- File access. Customers want to be sure that, if their membership to Creative Cloud lapses, they will still have access to their files.
- Photographers, particularly photo-enthusiasts, are looking for a more tailored offering that focuses on their particular needs.
- Some customers are not convinced that Creative Cloud is right for them and would rather continue to purchase desktop applications as before.
We want to start off by reinforcing that we continue to believe that the move to Creative Cloud will benefit the wider creative community because of the constant stream of innovation that we’re able to deliver. Creative Cloud also allows us to explore new areas in mobile apps, helping you collaborate better and build a meaningful worldwide community to share work and find inspiration. Because of this we have no plans to change our focus on Creative Cloud. We understand this is a big change and for customers who are not yet ready to move, we will continue to offer CS6 products through our reseller partners and Adobe.com.
For photographers, we are looking at potential offerings that recognize the photography community – because it is so broad – has some unique needs.
With regards to file access, Adobe completely agrees that customers should have access to their files if they choose to stop their Creative Cloud membership. Our job is to delight our customers with innovation, but there are a number of options open to us here and we expect to have news around this issue shortly. (emphasis added)
To be clear, Lightroom remains available as a regular license option, as well as a product available through Creative Cloud. Photoshop CS6 also remains an option for regular licensing; however, new features will no longer be added to Photoshop CS6. Currently, Photoshop CC is the only way to get the new whiz-bang Photoshop features.
Of course, the “potential offerings” that Adobe references could be something other than giving a perpetual license path to Photoshop users. Previously, I suggested offering past versions of Creative Cloud apps to users who have subscribed for a minimum time period. I’ve also heard of a Lightroom and Photoshop combo subscription being tossed around by others.
However, I don’t know if the photography community as a whole will be happy with anything less than an option to actually purchase a licenses. That certainly seems to be the trend based on Photography Bay readers’ comments on this previous post discussing Creative Cloud.
What do you want to see as an offering for the photography community from Adobe? Is a combo license for Lightroom and Photoshop enough (at what price)? What about CC subscribers getting access to full licenses for older software after they have been a subscriber for long enough? Something else?