Several people here don't get it, at all.
The issues are very simple:
For one, Creative Suite for years now, hasn't really added much value from release to release, because the functions people really need have been implemented ages ago, and the new features are mostly special use tools that most users have no need for or that plug-ins could do just as well.
Yet at the same time, Adobe, despite the outrageous license fees it charges, hasn't even managed to make their apps properly compatible with OS X in more than a decade because they don't know proper coding techniques or are plain lazy (you take your pick over what proportion incompetence and laziness is to blame).
In other words, many many professionals really see no compelling reason to upgrade, and skip one or two versions, particularly since Adobe started these "for pay" .5 releases, i.e. started charging twice to go from e.g. CS5 to CS5.5 to CS6.
There was one reason to upgrade which was the PPC to intel shift, and there's now an other one, which is the shift to 64-bit processing, and each of these steps, despite well announced in advance by Apple, Adobe is the laggard when it comes to adoption, transitioning one app at a time, and each time charging a lot of money for close to the same app.
Adobe also hasn't managed to either have a UI that's platform compliant or consistent across all their apps. In short, their app suite is a mess, and people are less and less willing to pay the steep license fees that are about an order of magnitude higher than those of competing products. The reason people use them, is because they feel locked into an industry standard, which they can't shake.
So the people who claim anyone who isn't using the latest and greatest version isn't a true professional, don't understand these products and how little of true value is added with each version.
Which brings me to another issue people don't get: the differentiation between software and services. iCloud is a subscription. But what you pay for is not software, you pay for data centers running, using electricity continually, to host your files, receive your e-mail, sync your files, etc.
Creative Cloud contains some online features that most people could do just fine without, and which Adobe offer separately as a service for those who care about it, just like you can buy Pages without subscribing to iCloud. Adobe tries to pretend a software product is a service, and to make people continuously pay for a software that is extremely slow in evolving and to hide the true cost of the Adobe tax from its users.
Adobe tries to sell a software product as a service. That's like buying a couch at the furniture store, and each time you sit on it, a meter starts running and at the end of the month you have to pay a "sitting bill", in perpetuity, until the couch is busted. And if you don't pay, spikes shoot out, so you can't use the couch to sit on anymore.
The third thing some people here don't get is the buy-vs-rent decision. Just as you can lease cars or buy cars, different things make sense in different circumstances. There's no one fits all solution. There are tax advantages and budget advantages to one, but also issues of indebtedness, etc.
People who don't want a "cheap" subsidized phone, but pay upfront the full price aren't stupid either. Actually, they are smart, because they don't act like Politicians who put everything on a payment plan, and eventually notice that the payments to which they are obliged are higher than the revenue. That's how debt gets started. It's not about a single product, it's about what happens if this sort of things becomes the norm. How many dozens of software products do you have installed? All of them go subscription. Apple were to decide that they sell hardware as a service: you can't buy a Mac anymore, you only can rent them. Same with iPhone, etc.
The result is, that while money keeps coming in, you may have plenty of room in your budget, so you overcommit or overspend. Then comes a lull or an economic downturn, and you're stuck in contractual commitments for which you don't have the funds to cover them. You stop functioning as a business, and the lull turns into bankruptcy, because everything stops functioning.
If you pay up front, you can only do it, if you have the money (unless you're stupid enough to load up your credit cards, which is another curse released upon society). If the money stops coming in, you owe nobody anything, and you can continue doing your work, just as you had done before. Maybe you miss an update and a few more mostly irrelevant features, but if you could do your work before, you can continue doing it just fine. No, it's not shameful or crippling not to use the latest of everything. 5 year old computers and 5 year old software function just as well today as they did 5 years ago, unless some forced reliance on some sort of service kicks in that breaks the software (like OS X 10.6 was broken with the discontinuation of mobileMe)
If you go to business school, you'll have classes on how to decide if you should buy, rent something, or outsource the process that would require you to rent or buy something.
Adobe decided to make that choice for you, and you can be sure that since they are in the business of bleeding you to the max. they picked the option that's best for them, not the one that's best for the consumer, because if they wanted to save the consumer some money, they could have lowered their prices and put their apps into the Apple AppStore where with lower prices they would have sold a lot more copies. But they are not interested in selling a product, they are interested in milking you until you're dry.
Adobe is in essence levying a tax on your work tools, and once they get people to accept that model, you can bet the tax hikes will come, and there's nobody to vote out of office to prevent these tax hikes. So I don't care how cheap the monthly payments are, because there's no guarantee that they will not be randomly jacked up as time goes by to satisfy ever greedier shareholders. If you own a product, you can say: "No, this new version is too expensive, I stick with the old." and if enough people say that, they'll have to lower the price. With a subscription service, you lose that power, because if you refuse to pay what you consider to be too expensive, the tools are taken away from you and you're out of business.
Anyone who doesn't like Adobe's policy should make their voice heard here:
Edited by rcfa - 5/16/13 at 2:19pm