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 05/07/2013 02:21 AM
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"" Adobe is making a major move into the cloud. The company has just announced the next version of its flagship digital editing tools, Creative Suite, and for the first time the new products will only be available through the company's online subscription service. Adobe previously offered standalone editions of each product, which users could choose to keep or upgrade as new editions were released, but now the only way to receive major feature updates to the product series will be to remain subscribed to the $49.99 per month service. ""

"" Adobe will be giving temporary discounts on Creative Cloud subscriptions to anyone who owns a product from CS3 or later. The discounts reduce the price of both the full Creative Cloud subscription and the single-app subscriptions, bringing the price to $29.99 for the former and $9.99 for the latter, down from about twice that. However, the discounts will only be valid for 12 months, and the company hasn't revealed any plans to permanently alter the price tag for longtime subscribers. ""

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/6/4305300/adobe-announces-creative-suite-update-and-rebranding-focus-on-cloud



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 05/07/2013 08:51 AM
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Well if I read that right Photoshop will drop to $19.99 a month (after the 12 month discount) since it is an individual application. Photoshop CS6 is about $650 and Photoshop CS6 Extended is about $930. So assuming there will be no "purchase price" but instead a "monthly subscription", at $240 a year it's not such a dumbass move. BUT if they have the audacity to charge the regular price on top of $240 a year, I think the world will finally be rid of Adobe.

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 05/08/2013 12:56 PM
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Adobe Creative Cloud, I can already feel the depression of photo editors uploading entire albums of 18mpx RAW images, not everybody has 100meg upload speeds.



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 05/08/2013 05:57 PM
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I think it will be more like an "always on DRM system" since Adobe could never afford the gigabytes of data per day, and professionals would never rely on a service where they have to upload their photos to work on them. But instead of EA's dumbass application of that kind of system, it would more likely be a kind of "phone home every 7 days" kind of thing, which professionals wouldn't mind. Adobe isn't THAT big of a dumbass company, though they refuse to let Flash die.

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 05/09/2013 05:52 PM
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Well it looks like it is a good deal..for now.  " While haters are hating Adobe's shift to subscription-only software, a price comparison shows plenty of customers won't be gouged by the Cloud."

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57583370-92/how-greedy-is-adobes-creative-cloud-subscription-not-very/



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 05/09/2013 06:46 PM
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That's what I was saying, you pay $240 a year for a subscription which isn't that big of a deal if you a re a professional, that's about the price of Photoshop CS6 if used for about 2½ years. So assuming they don't charge a purchase price AND subscription fee like Blizzard does with WoW AND they release a new version every 2½-3 years, it'll be no different than it is now. Actually better if you think about it, wasn't it only a year or so ago some big vulnerability was found in Photoshop CS5 and Adobe told users "upgrade to Photoshop CS6" to fix it? This way users can get the best bang for their buck. The only caveat will be if it will be an "always online" type of thing where people will be unable to use it if they're not connected to the internet, say they're riding in a car and need to work on pics, but I doubt it will.

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 05/09/2013 07:43 PM
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Originally posted by: black_zion That's what I was saying,   The only caveat will be if it will be an "always online" type of thing where people will be unable to use it if they're not connected to the internet, say they're riding in a car and need to work on pics, but I doubt it will.

That's the one thing that is not mentioned in any article...seems to me that would be suicide because users would just move to......what?



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 05/09/2013 08:01 PM
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Pirated or legitimate copies of Photoshop CS5 or CS6? The GIMP?

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