Should I upgrade to CS6 from CS3?

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moneca
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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2012 1:50PM

Hi guys,


I have CS3 llustrator... Was checking  adobe's website ...I was surprised when I read " considering upgrading to CS6? Act before prices change"...For me to upgrade now is $256  ..but it says more...."Not ready for Creative Cloud... Act soon, upgrade pricing from CS3 and CS4 ends Dec. 31, 2012. So what does it mean? Is it going to get more expensive? Oh boy.


 


 
GeorgePeters
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012 12:03AM
I believe after Dec 31, you will only be able to upgrade to CS6 from CS5. In other words, you will have to buy both 4+5 BEFORE you can upgrade to CS6. So if you are going to make the plunge, do it before the end of the year. Illustrator CS6 was well worth the upgrade for me, it has some amazing new improvements that I love.
johnwoodcock
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012 1:38AM
When my elderly Mac gave up the ghost and I had to buy a new one I discovered that my elderly version of CS2 would no longer work on a new Mac, so I took out a CS6 subscription, 1 year at £17.58 per month ( I'd guess that's about $25, without checking) I've been very happy not to have to make another big capital outlay on software and I have the latest version of Illustrator, which I'm very happy with.
cthoman
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012 11:19AM
I've enjoyed their Cloud subscription as well. It's nice to have the latest version of the whole Adobe suite to download whenever there are updates. I'm sure it will be helpful too when Adobe goes to their more aggressive updating schedule too. It may be a little price, but I can always use the extra business expenses at the end of the year. The only real downside is that you no longer really own a copy of the software.
ARTPUPPY
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012 3:12PM

It depends. Having a cloud subscription (roughly $300 a year) is now added to your overhead. CS3 or earlier versions could work perfectly fine for you for what you need and you own it outright. I use versions as low as 9 & 8, no problem for my stuff, and no overhead costs. Makes sense for Adobe to do this, but once you get on that treadmill, I suspect it will soon be hard to get off it. I remember Quark when it upgraded from 4.1 (near bullet proof) to 6.0. If you saved your files to 6 and upgraded, then you were unable to import them and use them in indesign, forcing you on the Quark system. I'd rather own my car then lease it, thank you very much.


I don't think the Dec 2012 deadline should force you. I'm sure next year if you wanted to go to CS6 you can call Adobe and they would cut you a deal. It's their goal to get us all to go cloud.
artbyjulie
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012 7:18AM

I'm confused about this whole Adobe cloud thing. I thought the upgrade costs is one thing, and the cloud is another that is geared more toward online publishing. I too responded to the email about the need to upgrade before the end of the year. I was not happy to see that Adobe is more or less forcing me to send them another close to $500 USD for the suite of programs I use. I sent them close to $500 the same time last year!


In my case I do both design and illustration and have to be compatible with clients and collaborators. I currently run both InDesign 4 and 5  to be compatible. If I run 4, then shut it down and open 5, it is a real mess because it thinks every v4 autosave version has been rescued and it opens in a new untitled window, sometimes hundreds of them if I don't catch it in time.


Because not everyone (like my not-for-profits) can afford upgrades I'm going to be stuck trying to work with three versions. I get it that Adobe is in business to make money, but I'm glad I can see retirement on the horizon because every software upgrade feels like a shakedown to me.


This whole business model is starting to feel too close to Quark for comfort, the "we're the only game in town so we can do whatever we want" model that had me doing the happy dance when InDesign finally became a viable competitor. I'd rather own my car too, but once I've paid Toyota the price we agreed upon they don't come back one year later and demand another $450 to keep me compatible with the other cars on the road. Everything I have running now does everything I need it to do and I know how to use it. Nevertheless I will now be spending $450 (that I don't want to spend) to purchase software that may or may not add value to my business. I can probably find a way to convince myself that it adds value once I own it, but at this juncture it simply feels like I'm being forced to send them money to stay in business and it doesn't sit right with me.
johnwoodcock
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012 7:51AM
Join the Adobe Cloud, pay £27 ( not sure what the $ amount is as it's quoting me UK prices) per month for existing customers and you have access to all the latest Adobe software though. It saves you laying out large capital costs on software. Someone mentioned above being a bit unsure about not physically owning the software, which does feel a bit odd at first, but other than that, I've been very happy so far. The Cloud is aimed at any software user, not just online publishers.
cthoman
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012 9:02AM

I feel your pain, Julie. I make the joke all the time that the upgrades are just to update my resume.


Even though it probably ends up costing more in the end, I find the small payments a lot more digestable than coughing up a lump sum for the software every couple years. Plus, Adobe basically said they would be updating their software every year instead of every two to three years. So, I think getting on board with the subscription is the easiest way to deal with that. I guess I've become a pod person for Adobe. Join us.
moneca
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:56PM

I donwloaded a tryout version of CS6, to make sure is working on my outdated Imac core 2 Duo..So far so good.


I'm going to buy the boxed upgrade since this is a major Illustrator update,  and leave Photoshop CS3 behind because I can't do two boxes.


The subscription option for a single app seems to match the price for a boxed upgrade. The complete subscription is 49.99 with full verion of every app but I guess this one is for new adobe users. Isn't that almost 600 bucks a year? 


....and  there is another for 29.99 for existing CS customers like us, wich is 40% of the first year, so I take it increases after that...


I can see how a graphic designer doing print, webdesign could benefit from a full subscription, and they even have flash professional available.
tygraphics
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:40PM
Renting my tools is not my first choice. Upgrading to CS6 from CS3 is $1400 because I have the master collection. I tried the Adobe Cloud and had problems with the software activation. The issues were inconsistent and I could not count on the software working for me. I did not like the fact that the "low" price of $29.99/mo. was only for the first year and that Adobe was free to change the price higher than the standard $49.99/mo. Also I did not like the early termination fee of half the remaining balance of the year's subscription. I did try the software for 25 days but cancelled before the trial was completed and got a refund. My main issue was the potential to miss a deadline because software not working.

On a more positive note, I love the new version of Illustrator. I'm considering buying a separate copy of Illustrator CS6. As for my master collection, unless $1400 falls out of the sky that I can find no other purpose for, I will let it expire. For me it was a wasted $2500 purchase as I only used 20% of it any way. I only use Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

(Edited on 2012-11-12 23:41:39 by tygraphics)
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