Creative Suite - including Photoshop - is reportedly going subscription-only.

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As reported by several outlets today, apparently CS6 is the last version that will be available with a perpetual license. If you think I'm going to put myself into a situation where I might have to worry about an expired subscription, an Internet problem, or server maintenance while on a tight deadline, you're smoking crack. Please count me among those who will use CS6 until it's no longer viable and or among those who will be looking for alternatives.
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Jeffery Arnold

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Posted 6 years ago

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Butch_M

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I agree ... and with the manner in which Lightroom is being developed, I think I'm going to abandon that app as well ... I'm not going to ride a merry-go-round of monthly payments to enhance a multi-billion dollar corporation's bottom line in order to underwrite development that offers little improvement to my own bottom line.

There are other options out there ... maybe not as "superior" ... but I have been in this business long enough to recall I was a successful photographer BEFORE I included Adobe products in my workflow ... and I will continue to be so, long after their products are absent from my daily tasks ... NOBODY is so good that they can't be replaced when the try to portray themselves as the only game in town ... you can bet more than a few third party competitors who have been considered as small fry in a big sea up until now are busy coming with a plan to fill the void created by this decision.
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Pete Green, Customer Advocate

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Hi Jeffery,

Thanks for your feedback. Sorry if you don't entirely agree with this direction.

Wanted to clear up a couple possible misconceptions here of things to be worried about.

"an Internet problem"
This shouldn't affect you, unless your internet problem lasts for longer than 3 months. Sometime within that 99 day period you'll want to get online just once so the CC software is able to check that your subscription is active. After a successful check of your licensing, you're free to use Photoshop (or whichever) offline for another 3 months.

http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotco...

"server maintenance"
As mentioned above, you're not required to be always online. Just during the time you're downloading the installation files (once'ish), and post-installation activation (once every 3 months)

If you're ever curious to see the status of our servers, we have information available that is kept up to date.
http://status.creativecloud.com/

Hopefully that clears up some of the things that you'd "worry" about. The rest is up to your own decision of how you would prefer to work going forward.

Thanks again for your feedback,
Regards
Pete
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Sorry, I’m not sure I understand fully, so just to make sure: Will there be an option for a perpetual license for Photoshop 14 or will that indeed be dropped?

Edit: I’ve read
http://blogs.adobe.com/pselements/pow...
in the meantime and the wording seems relatively clear.

I consider Adobe’s decision regrettable.
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Pete,

(("an Internet problem"
This shouldn't affect you, unless your internet problem lasts for longer than 3 months. Sometime within that 99 day period you'll want to get online just once so the CC software is able to check that your subscription is active. After a successful check of your licensing, you're free to use Photoshop (or whichever) offline for another 3 months.))

The 3 months only applies "IF" the user pays for a full year up front ($600.00 for the CC suite). If paying on a month to month, then the user must be online to verify every 30 days.

There are many business where the CC is a good solution, mainly for budgeting purposes. But for most individuals this is a bad decision. Adobe could have kept both options in play, ( CC with it's advantages, and perpetual license with its advantages), but it is obvious that Adobe is far more interested in extracting as much $$$ out of its customers as it can. And right now "it can", because it owns the market. But time does not stand still, and competition is a great leveler of the playing field. As other options become available, Paint Shop Pro, Gimp, and the "yet to be created", Adobe may win in the short run, but loose in the end.
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Yep ... I'm sure there are many, many smaller developers feverishly at work now that they see a crack in the Adobe armor ... for once a viable option shows itself ... it will be quite easy for folks to abandon their subscription to move elsewhere for their software needs.

No business should ever think themselves so large or so vital they are not vulnerable.
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Pete Green, Customer Advocate

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You don't need to pay the full annual cost upfront, just having the annual subscription vs the month-to-month will allow you the 99day activation periods vs 30 for M2M.