Adobe’s move to Creative Cloud is dividing opinions. Is it a financial benefit for users of the Adobe Suite of products, or is it a rip-off?
Stephen Shankland, in his »» CNet article, suggests that the subscription prices are in line with Adobe’s boxed charges, if the user updates the software at least once in 3 years. But many users don’t upgrade that often.
Forums are full of outrage against the move to subscription based access, claiming it may be cost effective for those already using or needing the FULL Adobe Suite and wanting regular updates, but that it heavily penalises the ‘occasional user’. New users will now have to commit to a one year membership of £120 (for the first year) – but will have to continue paying an annual fee of £240 in order to OPEN and USE their files.
Adobe say that if you cancel your paid membership you will still have access to your files. True. You will have ACCESS but you won’t be able to open them unless you have bought and installed a previous version of the software (before Cloud), AND saved all your files to a previous version.
Adobe are already paving the way to stop even this access…see the FAQ on their website:
A: The following applications support the ability to export to the CS6 versions of the application [which is available via a perpetual software license] :
Photoshop, InDesign®, Illustrator, Flash® Professional, Dreamweaver®
Applications not listed here may not support exporting to Creative Suite 6, and may not do so in future releases. New features added to the above list after Creative Suite 6 may not be supported in the exported file, or supported by the Creative Suite 6 application.”
Now what do you think about that?!