Originally Posted by mstone
See, that would never work in our environment. We have 8 global offices and also a lot of graphics vendors, consultants and freelancers. We can't even make it 30 days without having to upgrade simply because someone is going to send us a file that requires a newer version.
Wow... so you have no "version controls" in place? That's only costing your business a ton of money and giving up control of your own budgeting process. And speaks to my point exactly.
I ran an interactive agency in Tokyo for 7 years. I know about working with outside graphic designers, freelancers, contractors, agencies, etc. We never required the "latest and greatest" version (nor was it ever required of us) because that was almost a guarantee of a "least likely to succeed" project strategy. In fact, the opposite was more likely to be true, that is, requiring support of (what we felt were) archaic older versions of file formats. Sometimes two or three (or more!) generations back. That was the more common scenario. Printers and Ad Agencies always seem to be the last to upgrade. They always ran with versions one or two generations back. Always. They controlled their budgets.
I also controlled when my company budgeted for upgrades. Not my vendors, and not Adobe... As it should be.
I can recall only a few cases where a vendor sent a 'latest version only' file, and they were always asked to resend a copy supporting at least one version back. It's very rare when a "new feature" affects the functional end results anyway...
So, my point stands. Your company might be well served to manage those budgets (and vendors) better. That said, Adobe has always found ways to make it very costly for companies to use their products... the subscription model isn't doing them any favors.