Earlier this year, Adobe took the entire software model and stuck it in the blender. What came out was a brand new recipe that left a bad taste in the mouths of many photographers.
They called this exciting newdish “Creative Cloud,” and from this point forward, all Adobe software will be available as subscription-based service. Yes. ANOTHER monthly fee. Ho hum.
The move caused quite the stir with many people who felt that Adobe was trying to force everyone to upgrade to each new version when it comes out instead of letting people skip a version and upgrade at their liesure. David Hobby called it, “feels like the biggest money grab in the history of software.” In Adobe’s defense, Photoshop CC is indeed a powerful upgrade that offers a wide array of new features and improved processing engine, but why can’t we just go back to the old model? Sorry. Not happening.
When Creative Cloud was announced, Adobe had two pricing models: $19.99 for single app, or $49.99 for the entire Creative Suite set of applications. If you’re a designer who uses Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver, then fifty bucks is a pretty good value.
However, for many photographers, who only use Photoshop and Lightroom, and don’t need the entire suite of CS apps, $49.99/month just didn’t taste right. Your could buy Photoshop as a $19.99 single app, but that meant you’d have to still have to pay for Lightroom. In Adobe’s defense, Photoshop CC is indeed a powerful upgrade that offers a wide array of new features and improved processing engine.
These two options seemed to leave out the very foundation of what Adobe was built on- Photographers and photography software. Sure, there are alternatives to Photoshop (read 10 Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Adobe’s Creative Cloud) but when it comes to full blown photo software, it’s hard to beat Adobe. As of last week, I still hadn’t decided whether to move to the CC service, since I use PS, LR and InDesign.
Problem – Solution
Adobe listened. At Photoshop World last week, Adobe announced a brand new pricing option, called the Photoshop Photography Program. It costs $9.99 for Photoshop CC plus Lightroom 5 (and future upgrades), 20GB of cloud storage, and CC training resources.
Now THAT’s reasonable. If you’re a Photoshop user, then you should jump on this deal, because in order to get the $9.99/month pricing, (annual plan) you have to sign up by December 31, 2013. It’s available to anyone who currently uses Photoshop CS3 and higher.
If you recently signed up for the $9.99 Photoshop single app plan, (I did last week,) then Lightroom and the other new features will be automatically added to your CC soon. If you’re not so excited about the Creative Cloud subscription plan, Photoshop CS6 is still available as a stand-alone perpetual license version, and it’s still an extremely powerful and capable program. You can always go that route, and then see what your options are in a few years when it starts to show its age.
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For more info about Adobe Creative Cloud, check out their FAQ page.