How do you feel about Adobe Creative Cloud?

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Ceneri
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Posted Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:46AM

How do you feel about Adobe Creative Cloud, and are you going to upgrade to it?


I've been a loyal customer since CS3 (since I become a solo designer) and I purchase every single version of the full creative suite except 5.5 (I was pregnant and took a break from work then). I just upgraded to CS6 not long ago, and Creative Cloud comes out! I made a difficult decision to only upgrade my After Effects for $9.99 a month... I just don't like the idea of being locked in to pay every month, and in reality I really can't cancel because I'll never be able to reopen the files I created. I'll probably regret it later....


What are you going to do about it?
justelaine
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Posted Sun Sep 1, 2013 4:06PM
I am not going to subscribe -- I have CS6 pro -- I'm also almost 70yro and figure I'll work another year or two and then just retire.  I do have a colleague who has subscribed a few months ago and so far is happy with it.  I'm mainly a graphic designer and she shoots, cuts video, audio and stuff like that so she'll will probably like the frequent updates.  I believe she says she paid for a year and it was just about the same as an annual upgrade.  (I talked to a rep at Adobe and they told me since I had recently upgraded to the CS6 they would let me do CC for a year based on the cost of the upgrade--I believe that was good until the end of August. He didn't seem to have a problem with me using 6 for a few years without any upgrades.)
Whiteway
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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:54AM
Traditionally, software goes in cycles. For CorelDraw, for example, it used to be said to go for the odd-numbered versions, starting with version 3, which was very good. So, you updated when the new version was good.

If I understand correctly, here you will get updates drip-fed to you without your knowledge or consent. This would not suit me at all. All sorts of things can change in software over time, not all of it predictable or to your advantage.

CS6 Pro? Luxury! I'm still on Photoshop 9, and would probably upgrade to CS (version 10) because of easier 16-bit editing, if it was possible. Beyond that it's overkill, for my needs.
modesigns58
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Posted Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:20PM
I'm not subscribing - yet!  I use CS4 and it does everything I need right now.  I would prefer the option to buy the software outright instead of monthly payments, and like Whiteway says, the updates without notice or consent could be problematic.    
NCHANT
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Posted Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:24PM
Posted By Whiteway:
Traditionally, software goes in cycles. For CorelDraw, for example, it used to be said to go for the odd-numbered versions, starting with version 3, which was very good. So, you updated when the new version was good.

If I understand correctly, here you will get updates drip-fed to you without your knowledge or consent. This would not suit me at all. All sorts of things can change in software over time, not all of it predictable or to your advantage.

CS6 Pro? Luxury! I'm still on Photoshop 9, and would probably upgrade to CS (version 10) because of easier 16-bit editing, if it was possible. Beyond that it's overkill, for my needs.

I've been using CC at work for a few months now, and you don't have to update if you don't want to. But the updates so far have been beneficial, as they should be. Why be afraid of updating? And now the new Photogrtaphy package has been released, if I didn't have a dual CC account for work and home, I would jump on that deal
ALAHQ
Posted Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:24PM
Adobe's subscription model is certainly catering to businesses that can afford it. It's going to be more difficult for the small design shops and printers, and especially the home user that use to only update every two or three versions. Personally at home, I can still open my CS3 files on an older Mac I have without having to pay $9.95 month forever! Now here at work, having CS6 Design Standard on multiple Macs, we'll wait on subscribing to CC as long as we can, or at least until it's time to buy new Macs again.

Whatever occurs as a result of this change, Adobe needs more competition and I suspect that this will help create the demand in the marketplace. I love InDesign CS6, but I don't send native files to press anymore so if it's InDesign or XYZ that I create layouts in, I just need to be able to send a press-quality PDF to a printer.

(Edited on 2013-10-14 14:24:57 by ALAHQ)
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