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    Adobe is going to only sell subscription based Photoshop

    http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/06/ado...wrapped-boxes/

    It appears CS6 will be the last version of photoshop available for purchase.

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    Re: Adobe is going to only sell subscription based Photoshop

    Yes I heard and I don't like this at all.
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    Re: Adobe is going to only sell subscription based Photoshop

    I figured it was coming down the pike, but was envisioning many years to come. I never like subscription based products or services. I cringed when I signed my phone contract and other utilities, but I understand those.

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    Re: Adobe is going to only sell subscription based Photoshop

    I not sure what this means to our company and would be interested in hearing all views on the Cloud.

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    Re: Adobe is going to only sell subscription based Photoshop

    Is Photoshop relavent to real photographers?
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    Re: Adobe is going to only sell subscription based Photoshop

    I have had a subscription for some time, much lower up front cost and you don't face upgrade costs when a new version comes out.

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    Re: Adobe is going to only sell subscription based Photoshop

    Does this mean that you get periodic upgrades over the wire ? Or are they actually hosting the application ?

    Does it mean that you can't run the app if you're not hooked up to a network ?

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    Re: Adobe is going to only sell subscription based Photoshop

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Lee View Post
    Does this mean that you get periodic upgrades over the wire ? Or are they actually hosting the application ?
    I was wondering that myself, and found this:

    http://terrywhite.com/5-myths-about-...reative-cloud/

    You do in fact download and install the application locally, and you can work offline. You have to connect to the Adobe server once a month to verify your subscription, and presumably updates will be pushed to your system.

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    Re: Adobe is going to only sell subscription based Photoshop

    I think the major apps still live on your computer and they push out updates. This is probably a good deal for someone that upgrades every version and uses multiple Adobe apps. If you don't upgrade very often and only use 1-2 Adobe apps, this is going to be way more expensive over time. It's all about turning you into a steady reliable revenue stream--forking over a bundle of cash every few years isn't going to cut it anymore.

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    Re: Adobe is going to only sell subscription based Photoshop

    This is from Jeff Schewe, one of their contract developers.

    Actually, they announced new aggressive upgrade pricing to the CC versions of apps which brings the price down-assuming you go with a longer term license.

    Special pricing for existing customers
    CS3 and later get Complete for $29.99
    CS6 customers get Complete for $19.99
    CS3 and later get Single App for $9.99
    All offers require annual commitment

    As far as the economics of the CC for Adobe, actually, it's been the success of the whole subscription model (and the technical difficulty in doing dual application versioning for subscription & perpetual licenses) that have driven Adobe toward doing this. Yes, it will alienate some users who reject the whole "cloud" thingie...which I understand (assuming the rejection is made based on real facts and not FUD).

    As a book author, my life just way more complicated because I can't write for a fixed target with a known lifecycle...now it's a moving target that will be tough to do for paper based publishing (easier and perhaps better done with ebooks).

    I'm also kinda melancholy about the whole change to the old model...as a long term alpha/beta tester, I always looked forward to a new dev cycle and seeing what the engineers came up with (and hammered on them to fix stuff). But this new model allows a freedom and flexibility that will, I think, lead to more rapid advances with new features on a more regular basis. But I'll miss the old way...

    Edited to add the special offers...
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