December 1, 2006
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…
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.
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.)
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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