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Adobe Photoshop creative cloud

27th May 2013. After Adobe Photoshop CS6 there will be no option to buy the newer versions of the software. Only lease it through an online option.
One of the main reasons is to avoid or make it more difficult for software piracy.
Clearly the main purpose of Adobe is to make profit and not provide a service for photographers and the general public.
Therefore, to critize Adobe for doing this from any other perspective than a financial one is misguided. I will not discuss the financial aspect of the news. It probably makes a lot of sense from that perspective as it probably invites in many who already uses a pirate version but who wouldn't pay up $600.

Unlike what has been reported many places - the price for Photoshop is US$30/month and not $20. The latter price refers to a 12 months membership. If you want to be able to cancel after a few months you will have to pay $30 pre month for the creative cloud.

To not be able to own a software that you pay for is quite annoying. Secondly, as long as there are no viable alternatives, this kind of rental system will give less incentives to spend money on software development. For people to upgrade from one version to another (e.g. from CS5 to CS6) it was always a cost-benefit analysis. With the membership solution there is not the same need to have significant changes from one update to the next as their customers will be paying regardless. On the flip side, as a customer you will have to pay a lot of for a software that might not provide huge improvement for a long period. This is a professional tool, so there is a limit to how much one can complain about the price.

This takes us to one of the advantages. For photographers that were not willing to pay hundreds of dollars, they can now try the software for some months instead of having to buy it. However, as mentioned above the price for this is $30/month. If you are a professional, this fixed expenditure might be preferrable to a lump sum every now and then. For amateurs that only use Photoshop now and then, this is a very bad deal. You can sign up after each vacation and need to process your photos. Problem then is that you will not get much training in between and you will be rusty whenever you need to use it. Adobe has a great alternative for this user group - Adobe lightroom. (continues below)

Adobe Photoshop is the standard for editing photographs
Sunset Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Lightroom 5 will, according to Adobe, be sold as a separate standalone application.
For the majority of photographers this application is all you will need for editing your photos.
So, the ones in this group that were using Photoshop will probably not use the newest versions in the cloud.
They were, however, probably not using a licensed version anyway. And they will also be able to use older versions of Photoshop.

For me there is something about being able to own the software and not having to log on every 3 months to confirm that you have the software.
However, I'm not the principal target group. For most amateurs the program is more complex than what most users needs. I therefore don't see it as a great loss.
With the new focus on online utilities - there might be some amateurs who will like to be "hooked up".


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