Originally Posted by cashxx
Don't fall for it stick with CS 6 and backwards! Let Adobe sweat and stop buying Adobe until they reverse this cloud and new licensing crap!
There's no reason for them to reverse the cloud option. Some people just prefer to have the option of a perpetual license as an alternative so all they'd have to do is introduce a license that works forever but doesn't get updates but it's easier if customers are on the same version. They are expecting to have 1.25m subscribers by the end of this year:
These threads about Adobe tend to go the same way but it's not really new:
People have always complained about the prices even with the perpetual license. With CC, it's still expensive (more so for people who don't upgrade) but accessible to people on fixed incomes. People who don't upgrade aren't paying them money anyway so what do they care? It's not as if you can upgrade in a very flexible way with a perpetual license. If you upgrade too many versions you have to pay for the whole thing again:
So for people in a business environment, it means having to have someone constantly downgrading files or forcing a very expensive upgrade unexpectedly. Being able to stop paying at some point would be good to have as an option but they know that people will just do that more and more as time goes on. Think 5-10 years away, would it be better that Adobe didn't exist? What takes their place in the industry? They are just making moves to create a sustainable revenue stream and it's something a lot of big software companies will aim to do over the years as they will have to in order to sustain their business.
Software as a product comes with complications for a publicly traded company as Avid has discovered:
"The focus of Avid’s internal audit is the past accounting treatment of certain software upgrades that the company previously made available to certain of its customers at no-charge. Avid management has now determined that these upgrades should have been accounted for as “implied post-contract customer support” under US GAAP accounting rules.
As a result, Avid is currently in the process of restating its financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009 and for its quarterly periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, June 30, 2012 and 2011, and March 31, 2012 and 2011.
Because the work required to review and restate historical transactions has not yet been completed, the company says it is not in a position at this time to compare results of operations for the quarters ended June 30, 2012 and 2013 respectively, resulting in the delayed filing of its 10-Q for the second quarter of 2013."
They got their letter already:
If Avid went the same route as Adobe, they'd get round this issue going forward and also create a sustainable revenue stream.