How much we pay for Adobe's move to cloud

Adobe Photoshop and the all Creative Suite applications just made a move to cloud. Adobe decided to discontinue software you can actually buy so they can force you to rent the applications for a monthly fee.

As we can read here: https://creative.adobe.com/plans/offer/photoshop+lightroom

"For a limited time, you can join a special Creative Cloud photography plan designed exclusively for Photoshop customers. It includes access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, plus feature updates and upgrades as they are available, 20GB of cloud storage for file sharing and collaboration, and a Behance ProSite. And it's just €12,29/month when you sign up for a one-year plan, but you need to join by February 28, 2014. To qualify, you must own a commercial version of Photoshop CS3 or later (Standard or Extended version, as a stand-alone product or as part of a suite)."

So, what will you have to pay?

If you own Creative Suite 3, 4, 5, or 5.5, you'll pay $30 per month for the first year and $50 per month after that.

If you own Creative Suite 6, you'll pay $20 per month for the first year and $50 per month after that.

If you don't own Creative Suite or own an older version, you'll pay $50 per month.

If you're a student or educator, you'll pay $20 per month for the first year if you sign up before June 25th. After June 25th, or after your first year, you'll pay $30 per month.

If you just want access to single apps, like Photoshop, you'll pay $20 per month per app.

Current pricing may cause confusion due to the discounts, but in the future (after July 31st, 2013) you'll pay $50 per month as a normal person and $30 per month as a student or educator. (source - lifehacker.com)

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February 04, 2014

Ponytail1414

I don't appreciate being strong-armed into the Cloud. I don't trust the cloud and don't want anything to do with it. A lot of ill-will toward Adobe here.

February 04, 2014

Perstock

As a pro-user I just love all the new features and great improvements.
But, the method is still pure blackmail...

January 30, 2014

Fotoeye75

Yeah I'm not a huge fan of the Adobe subscription scam .. one more reason for me to continue loving Apple products.

January 29, 2014

Wisconsinart

I'm paying $20/month for the education version. When that runs out then it's going to be $50/month.

I'm considering it an incentive to step up my game. If I were earning $20k/year in stock, I'd say paying $50/month is a no-brainer. So I need to get to $20k/year!

I believe the subscription is eligible as a business expense for taxes (USA) so I think it's going to work out.

January 29, 2014

Alvera

Yes Edosaodaro, I am already on a 30 days trial of Paint Shop Pro. As I don't need 'heavy' post processing in my photos, I think this 80 euros software is very fine for normal day by day retouching. I will try also other alternatives.

January 29, 2014

Edosaodaro

I think interesting time lie ahead for us and likes of adobe would have to adapt their pricing and/or business model to compete with altenative providers. The obvious risk of not doing that is that they will lose out and we (or at least most of us) will all move on to to other software providers.

Thanks for sharing!

Edosa

January 29, 2014

Alvera

Hihihi Ciolca, models are indeed a problem on Earth or on Cloud :-)

January 29, 2014

Davinciphotos

I have the student edition with access to everything and it was just what I needed! I don't know all the programs I have access to, but I am willing to learn and it's better to have too much than not enough.

January 29, 2014

Ciolca

And you don't have to worry about the need to be online all the time. If you want to get fishy you can. For instance, you can install an app who will block Adobe apps to get online. Therefore Adobe servers cannot tell if you've renewed your subscription or not. Of course, this is not the idea. But, in theory, you can still make preparations for retirement on a remote island. The only trouble I see is finding enough female young models :))

January 29, 2014

Ciolca

I'm paying $50 a month and for that money I have access to all the Adobe apps. To me the switch was just right and I couldn't be happier. If you make a living by using Adobe apps daily (not just Photoshop) it's more than ok. Of course, if you do the math you end up paying more for a period of 2 years than the situation when you would have bought the retail version. But paying 50$ monthly is a lot better than paying 3500$ at once for the whole package. I think Adobe wanted to target the small freelancer guy who would gladly pay a small monthly fee than a big chunk of money. Because the corporate client who need Adobe products will continue to pay no matter what the system. And I think this is a smart move from them.

January 28, 2014

Alvera

Fredbo, the software is on harddisk but every month we must go cloud to reactivate it. So, an Internet connection it's a must. Forget about leaving this cruel world and living on a tropical dream island with all your female young models and editing photos for the rest of your life :-)

January 28, 2014

Fredbro

With prices that high, for sure they can forget me. Anyways, I'm old fashioned so I prefer to have the software on my computer. If everything is in the cloud, what do you do when you want to work on your pictures but you are at a place where there is no internet?

In the end, I think that wanting people to pay for a software every month is holding them as hostages. No wonder so many people try to find "cracked" versions of Photoshop.

January 28, 2014

Alvera

I think they don't do marketing calculations in blind and the money loosed from people who will leave photoshop (by not buying it) in favor of free software - will come from people forced to use the product.

January 28, 2014

Treb999

I kind of doubt it'll go up to thirty a month, or even twenty for the basic photshop and lightroom. If it does the cancellations will be tremendous, and adobe will lose a lot of goodwill.

January 28, 2014

Bradcalkins

I guess I was thinking of the Black Friday 'sale' when they waived the restriction of owning CS3...

January 28, 2014

Alvera

"it's just euro12,29/month when you sign up for a one-year plan, but you need to join by February 28, 2014. To qualify, you must own a commercial version of Photoshop CS3 or later"

January 28, 2014

Bradcalkins

But it is $10 a month for photoshop and LR at the moment. I'm OK with that, but not $50 a month...

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