Originally Posted by SpamSandwich
Having said that, I cannot fathom upgrading beyond CS6 under any circumstances. I eagerly await Apple's response, if any.
The problem I see is when Apple upgrades some framework CS6 uses, and that leaves CS6 behind. Then you're stuck with an older OS, then stuck with an older computer when new computers don't support that version, unless you pony up or find an alternative.
Originally Posted by mstone
No, it is part of the annual contract. You get the new apps as soon as they come out with no additional charge during your annual renewal plan. I don't know, perhaps they will cancel the whole thing if they get a huge number of user complaints, but I doubt they would be so aggressive with this new model if they weren't totally convinced of advantages and the acceptance from their core customers. It is interesting to note that they left Acrobat out of this subscription only program which I suspect is indicative of the primary customer being corporate users who are not set up to have digital subscriptions for every seat especially with the IT lock downs. They also left out Lightroom as I suppose professional photographers are often out on location and may not be able to revalidate their credentials. Although those two applications come with CC it looks like you can still buy to own them.
My biggest concern with this model: without the option to buy outright, where is the incentive for Adobe to innovate? Before, they were at least competing with older versions, users can choose when and how often to upgrade, to manage their costs and features. Now, Adobe knows they'll get their monthly fee. I'm not seeing where the users, as a group, will benefit in the long term.
In the long run, monthly payments will generally cost more than buying outright. It's a harder pill to swallow, but if you could manage it, then you're generally better off.
Originally Posted by Marcintosh
But why then would I bring my/any laptop on a road trip? I mean, what's the bloody point? I'd much rather sit on the village green and edit video and images under a cloudless sky than sit in a WINDOWLESS EDIT BOOTH.
Pixelmator is pretty good - they need about 6 months and a couple more coders to be at the Pshop level (being optimistic) and FCP X is almost ready *sigh*
I can't say I like Pixelmator as much as I probably should. The path to get to controls I commonly use takes a couple more steps and is not so obviously placed. Even the help can be inscrutable at points.
That said, I don't use Adobe anymore, I have not used their pro apps much in a long time. I used to use an old version of Photoshop that was included with a scanner, then I bought a couple versions of Elements, which were a handful to keep running at times.
I would like to get Illustrator some day. I like the idea of paying for the software when I need it, but never having the option to buy outright will take some getting used to.
I use Corel Draw (for Windows), paid $400 for it. At the time, Illustrator was $500. I would have paid the extra, but the equipment I bought to use the software had support that recommended Draw. Anyway, at $20/mo, five years of Illustrator would be $1200. There might be value in upgrading, but I like the option to control my costs. I've talked to people that say my use doesn't really benefit from continual upgrades. I can also see the value in the software that it would be worth the extra, but then, why should anyone be happy to spend more, at the risk of getting less?Edited by JeffDM - 5/7/13 at 6:19am