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Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99/mo . . . But There's a Catch
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September 5, 2013
10:43 am
Eric Reagan
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One of the biggest criticisms since Adobe killed perpetual licenses and forced Creative Cloud memberships on users who want access to future versions of Photoshop has been the price. The full Creative Cloud subscription that includes all the apps runs $50/mo. Single apps, like Photoshop CC, run $20/mo.

Jimmy Beltz and I…

September 5, 2013
3:32 pm

I want the anti shake filter. I might actually sign up for this to get that single filter, but I will do the trial for 30 days first to see how we'll it works.

Adobe is still screwing up in my view. I would have paid the usual upgrade for a CS7, but not likely do the whole thing


September 6, 2013
1:52 am

Not now at any price! Adobe has shot themselves in the foot and is just now coming to realize their stupidity. Photoshop CS6 is fine, goodby Adobe!

September 6, 2013
3:08 am
Don Jordan

Geez, why all the complaining? For the past four or five years, I've been buying the Adobe Creative Suite Academic Master Collection for around $900. Updating all those programs the old-fashioned way was a pain. Now I "rent" the same thing for $240/year, which means I get it for 3.75 years at the same price as before. No version of any boxed software was ever up-to-date for that length of time and--with the new Adobe Application Manager--updates are now a breeze.
Since the non-academic price of the Master Collection used to be around $2000, even at the professional's price of $50/month you still get more than 3 years of usage. And, individually, professional PS CS6 usually sold for around $450, which means that at the current $20/month you get to use a totally up-to-date version for almost 2 years before investing the same amount of money.
It's a great deal! And you get to choose each year whether you want to continue taking advantage of it. Of course, the rental price will probably go up after the 1-year contract. What else in life doesn't?
P.S. I do wish Adobe would offer the Photoshop/Lightroom combo to totally new users. Maybe they'll hear us and change their minds.

September 6, 2013
4:16 am

hmmm.... I'm still using PS3 without problems and I'm ok with it

September 6, 2013
5:58 am
Kevin Thornhill

when does the offer go live? All I'm getting is the $19.99 for CS6 offer

September 6, 2013
7:31 am
Peter K Burian

I subscribed to Photoshop CC at $10 per month ... and now they come up with this better deal. (I own CS6.) What they do not say is whether they will automatically add Lightroom to my subscription.

September 6, 2013
7:36 am
Peter K Burian

I don't use 80% of the features in Photoshop but the 20% I DO use is fabulous. I have yet to find another program that offers most of the features I DO need.

September 6, 2013
7:39 am
Peter K Burian

You would not subscribe if it cost $1?
I suppose this is the same attitude people took when the car companies introduced Leasing. And yet, millions of people now lease their cars, instead of buying them. In spite of the fact that buying is a much! better deal in the long run. (Granted, I think the long term cost of subscribing to CC will be too high, but I bit the bullet and subscribed for a year.)

September 6, 2013
7:41 am
Peter K Burian

The one thing I really like about Photoshop CC is that they will provide updates anytime some new feature becomes available. Not just once a year or so, when a new version of Photoshop is introduced.

September 6, 2013
7:42 am
Peter K Burian

Well we *hated* Stalin. He has been dead since 1953.

September 6, 2013
12:03 pm
William Wilhelm

Just contacted Adobe - we have to wait until the 17th of this month and then start this new subscription; and then cancel an existing CC membership so as not to pay the cancellation fee. A bit convoluted and it does make me nervous.

November 10, 2013
4:29 pm
Patrik Wennerlund

Adobe – Goodbye! The idea of not being able to open or use your files if you quit… Not a good one… I will never rent a software with those terms. It's not a price issue…!!

November 29, 2013
9:19 pm

Adobe has opened up the $9.99/mo rate to everyone.... until Dec 2. How kind of them!

For professionals the rental arrangement is probably not a problem. They are making money every month from their photographic work, but for amateurs it is a unacceptable to pay whatever they demand every month "forever".

I hope this troubling rental approach will encourage some other companies to step into the void and provide solutions that can be purchased.

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