I’ve had a couple of people asking me where I stood on this issue of the new Photoshop Creative Cloud subscription service Adobe announced recently. People know that it’s my tool of choice for editing my work.(Isn’t it just about everyones?) and wanted my opinion- well….here it is.
I think that this new business model of Adobe’s is a bad fit for me personally. The whole concept boils down to this. Adobe Photoshop has always been a product that you buy, install and use- you own a copy- it’s never been a subscriber service. If a newer version was rolled out- you had the option to upgrade or buy a newer copy that had all the latest features and it was yours-and until now, you weren’t gonna be charge if you decided to “saty where you are” with the current version- works just fine thank you very much! And let’s be honest- there are a lot out there that found a version they like and never did buy again- they paid a fair price and continue to use it.. Truthfully, sometimes I might wait a year or Two before upgrading myself because I didn’t feel like the latest and greatest version had features that were all that useful to me- It was possible that this led to better features being added when a version here or there was weak. ( in the sense that it didn’t have a ground breaking tool added- so it wasn’t the “hot ticket” for people to rush out and buy- incentive to be better is what I call it. But I always “bought up” when I felt that there was something worthwhile added.
Now I will have to “pay to play” if I want to go past Photoshop CS 6-and keep in mind, I will have to pay each month every year-not just once if I decide CS 6 is all I ever want to use. If I want to continue to use Photoshop- I won’t “own a copy” . Also, what happens to all those plugins I bought? Can’t use them with other programs- They were photoshop specific! If I decide not to renew ( because there WILL be another company looking to fill this void/niche of selling a stand alone product) Money down the drain…..
My take on this is that photoshop is a product- and I pay for features that I use and that I feel are worth the investment- it’s mine if I stop wanting to upgrade- I just live with the purchase I made. Without paying each year that I don’t feel is worth an upgrade ( and THAT in itself ican be a lot of money!) . Photoshop is not a service ( although, that’s what they are trying to become….) Will they be as inspired to create ground breaking features when they have all users over a barrel? Will it still be as inovative in the future? Seriously, what incentive will they have since they are already the biggest kid on the playing field- when they can say “you don’ t HAVE to renew….but you won’t be able to use the program you’ve been paying for all along…” Where as now, I can say- I’m happy with the version I use- no thanks, not right now- wait til you have something really cool that I can use- THEN I will invest my money in your company by buying your product.
in the meantime, think about this- AT LEAST $240.00 per year- for now- till they raise the price from no competition- is what you will have to shell out to continue to use the software- never mind that if you’re happy with forever using CS 3- you won’t have to pay a dime ever again…(and I’m CS 5.5…just saying…)
I DO understand that bigger businesses would consider the subscription a great bargin- especially with multiple licenses- But I’m not all that big of a company….I have a strict budget and I’m not all that found of being told what I have to spend it on….I’m a business person of one. It’s a big deal to me to be able to say what I have does or doens’t work- I need this in my budget for something else this year.
anyway- that’s just my opinion- I was asked….so I answered the best I could.