Adobe heralds subscription-only future for Photoshop and Creative Suite


Adobe has said it will no longer be developing its Creative Suite range of software, leaving its subscription and cloud-based Creative Cloud as the only way of accessing the latest version of Photoshop. Adobe has been trying to encourage users away from the traditional one-off payment licenses and on to a monthly payment model, with features such as online storage and syncing between devices. This latest move ups the ante by making it the only option for future versions of the software.

Adobe is clearly concerned about alienating existing users and has set the pricing of its Creative Cloud products at a similar level to its existing software. The cost of licensing just Photoshop CC over 18 months (the typical life-span of a version of Photoshop), is similar to the existing version-to-version upgrade prices, if you commit to a 24-month contract. Paying to use Photoshop CC on an ad-hoc, on/off basis will cost more (though opening the option of only paying for the software when you need it).

Adobe says it will continue to support CS6 but will not be replacing it. This allows it to focus its efforts on a single line of products, rather than trying to support both, in tandem. It also says it will allow the addition of processor-intensive features, such as Camera Shake Reduction tool, where the work can be conducted in the cloud.

To soften the blow, Adobe is offering discounted rates for current owners of Creative Suite (including previous versions), valid until August 2013. The move will not affect Lightroom customers, who will continue to be able to purchase ‘perpetual’ licenses.

However, while the move clearly makes sense for a company whose software has always been so widely pirated, such a dramatic move will undoubtedly be unsettling for many people who have always thought of software as a one-off purchase.

Adobe has published an open letter to its users and says it wants to start a dialogue with its user-base over the changes.

Press Release:

Adobe Accelerates Shift to the Cloud

LOS ANGELES — May 6, 2013 — At Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today accelerated its shift to the cloud with a major update to Adobe® Creative Cloud™, the company’s flagship offering for creatives. Today’s update to Creative Cloud is packed with features, reimagining the creative process through a new set of “CC” desktop applications and enhanced cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities (see separate press release). With this update, creative files can be stored, synced and shared, via Creative Cloud, on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android; and Behance, the world’s leading online creative community, is integrated with Creative Cloud, so customers can showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure.

Creative Cloud’s advanced capabilities are making it a hit with the worldwide creative community: more than a half million paid members, and well over 2 million total members have signed up for Creative Cloud since it was launched in April 2012.

Adobe also announced that the company will focus creative software development efforts on its Creative Cloud offering moving forward. While Adobe Creative Suite® 6 products will continue to be supported and available for purchase, the company has no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products. Focusing development on Creative Cloud will not only accelerate the rate at which Adobe can innovate but also broaden the type of innovation the company can offer the creative community.

“We launched Creative Cloud a year ago and it has been a runaway success,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media, Adobe. “By focusing our energy — and our talented engineers — on Creative Cloud, we’re able to put innovation in our members’ hands at a much faster pace.”

On top of new collaboration and publishing services and the integration of Behance, today’s announced update to Creative Cloud includes stunning versions of Adobe’s next generation of desktop applications — including Adobe Photoshop® CC, InDesign® CC, Illustrator® CC, Dreamweaver® CC and Premiere® Pro CC. Adobe’s desktop tools, previously known as Creative Suite (CS), are now branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud and have been reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating.

Adobe is facilitating the transition to Creative Cloud with attractive pricing plans and promotions for individual members, teams and enterprise customers. For more details, visit: Adobe will continue to sell licenses for all CS6 products via electronic download from and participating resellers.

About Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is a membership-based service that provides users with access to download and install Adobe creative desktop applications; game developer tools and integration with the Adobe Touch Apps. With Creative Cloud membership, users also have access to: a vibrant global creative community; publishing services to deliver apps and websites; cloud storage and the ability to sync to virtually any device; and new products and exclusive updates as they’re developed.

Membership Plans and Availability

By signing up for Creative Cloud today, creatives will be set up to immediately download and use these latest cloud-enabled innovations from Adobe, when they are available next month. Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership; existing customers who own CS3 to CS5.5 get their first year of Creative Cloud at the discounted rate of US $29.99 per month. Students and teachers can get Creative Cloud for $29.99 per month. Promotional pricing is available for some customers, including CS6 users. A team version of Creative Cloud includes everything individual members receive plus 100GB of storage and centralized deployment and administration capabilities. Creative Cloud for teams is priced at US $69.99 per month per seat. Existing customers, who own a volume license of CS3 or later, get their first year of Creative Cloud for teams at the discounted rate of US $39.99 per month per seat if they sign up before the end of August 2013.

Adobe also announced Creative Cloud for enterprise today and special licensing programs for educational institutions and government. For more details, visit:



I have purchased Adobe Creative Suite for years, and Photoshop for years before that. With this latest news; I’m finished with Adobe!!!!!

Maybe Google will make something useful when it comes time to replace my Nikon D800e. I won’t even bother looking at Adobe.

I’m going to tell everyone I know that Adobe is a greedy fat cow.


For the 1 or 2 % of the time that I need pixel level manipulation of my photos, it’s just not going to be worth it. Hmmm, just the motivation many will need to finally dump adobe in other areas too like that virus they call “reader”.


One really has to question Adobe’s strategy on this. Who will be using Adobe products of any type knowing that this sort of thinking is steering the company? Who wants this sort of dictatorial control over choice?
Sorry Adobe, not me. I won’t be using DNG going forward. I will generate other options for a graphic imaging manipulation program other than yours. I frankly I’m really, really tired of using your bloatware Adobe reader as well.
Hopefully your will learn that most of your customer have a choice and hopefully they will exercise it and buy something else.


CaptureOne…here I come.


Every company wants you in the cloud, because then, you are a all-life customer. You can’t left them.
And that prices are low to let you get in… one year later they can increase the each month price, and the only thing you can do is to pay month after month.
The cloud is an enormous joke, and all companies know it.


We want your money!

Never CaptureNX felt so good…


Ironically, the “Creative Cloud” is offline.


Given the investment Adobe has already made in this new direction, I do not think any amount of complaining or protestation will change their path. Rather we must vote with our dollars (euros, etc.).

I for one will seek out alternatives before supporting a software rental model at the rates proposed. With discrete releases, I can choose if the incremental value offered is worth the upgrade price. In the new model, I am asked to pay up every month regardless of the incremental value created by Adobe.

I view this as a financially driven move with no regard for customer wishes. Regardless of the marketing spin, I feel betrayed by Adobe and will register my disappointment by seeking out alternative products.


Goodbye Adobe, You just got too greedy for a happy photo enthusiast. This was the little push I needed to leave your product line 🙂


Just get Lightroom and Elements. It’s more than needed for photographers, and it’s cheap and perpetual!


for now.


Or PSP X5 and Aftershot Pro. $90 for the pair and replicates 95% of CS6 and Lightroom.

Robert Schambach

That sucks, wonder what will happen when way fewer users subscribe and Adobe’s income decreases substantially. This is the Adobe way of forcing users to alway upgrade, I say screw Adobe, if enough users boycott this absurd strong arm tactic they might have a change of hart.


It is a gift that keeps on giving….for Adobe. Companies finally figure out what governments figured out for millenniums. It is always better to tax someone than sell something.


Even if it was half that price, I don’t think I could justify it. I love photography, but I’m not making any money from it. Adobe has priced out all but the most dedicated/wealthiest hobby photographers. Enthusiast photography is not a market Adobe should be ignoring.


Here’s a promise to you, Adobe: No way will I ever subscribe to CC. Never. I will use CS6 begrudgingly, through clenched teeth, forever, before I cave to your creative cloud model. You’re hanging a lot of people out to dry with this. It may work for some, but it *doesn’t* work for a lot more.


I guess I am one of the very few here that see nothing wrong with the cloud-based software (you do install it on your disk, after all). There are a few issues, though:

* A lot of users (like me) do not upgrade every new release, so this pricing is considerably more expensive.

* Since Lightroom will also be a part of Creative Cloud, do you have to pay $50 to get it, or just $20 that you would for Photoshop? Those two applications are part of the same workflow.

* What programs are actually a part of the Creative Cloud? Will I end up having to buy CC and then separately eLearning Suite or Tech Publishing Suite?That’s what this page seems to suggest:


Aperture here I come…


Lightroom will still have a perpetual license.


Lightroom is included in the sub price if you go that why, you do not have to buy it separately.


Seems like I will stick with my CS5 for a long long while. Hoping for real competition to emerge soon. I wonder when Lightroom will be gone as well.

Zvonimir Tosic

Only issue here that prevents some people from switching is press and pre-press work. What software apart from Photoshop handles CMYK and LAB colourspaces well, or, at all? 🙁


Nowdays many CMYK-conversions are made directly when pages are made into print ready pdfs, bypassing CMYK i Photoshop.


Corel handles them better

Kinematic Digit

In what world does Corel handle them better? The only thing that Corel does better is true 16 bit instead of 15 bit, other than that in the 20 years I’ve used both, Corel has always been the ugly stepsister.


My guess is that only the top 25% of pro’s can justify the price they demand.

Kinematic Digit

If the other 75% can’t afford $50 per month I’d be certainly concerned how they call themselves ‘Pro’

I certainly don’t like the force pricing scheme, but the amount of piracy, development time between versions because people skip versions, and some decent discounts, I will have to accept it.


I’ve been using Photoshop regularly since its version 3. With this new policy, I’ll just stick with CS6 Ext, which I believe will serve me very well for a long time. As for RAW conversion, though I like CR, my preference goes to Silkypix Pro5 and it supports my new cameras as well. No more Photoshp upgrades for me!

Charlie boots

I just tried to upgrade from CS5.5 to CS6 on line but was transferred to direct sales. I was informed that there are no longer upgrades available. The cloud is the only option. I was told that my first year would be $360 and thereafter $49.99 per month. My present costs are a Lightroom upgrade every 2 years $99. CS design suite standard upgrade every 2 years $275. Thus $374 every 2 years, which is affordable. I only use Lightroom, photoshop and in- design. Now they want me to pay $600 per year from year 2 for the same thing, a 321% increase!!!

These people are bandits. I will stick with CS5.5 and lightroom and once an alternative presents itself I will dump adobe.

Svetoslav Popov

Hahaha, what a joke. No way i’m paying a monthly fee for Photoshop. I’m trying to REDUCE my monthly bills, not increase them. It will be very interesting to see what happens with Adobe in the near future. 🙂


Awesome, just what I wanted, another monthly bill. Thanks Adobe! Do I replace gym membership with an Adobe membership, or my monthly gas bill?


Whatever you were going without to spend $600 all at once on retail copies of the CS products.


Looks like CS6 will be my final version of Photoshop. 🙁 I’ve enjoyed the ride, but I think I’ll stay where I am.

Ah well, it will save me some money in the future.

No way will I ever pay a subscription for any software.

Hope they don’t come up with anything too mind blowing in the future, because I don’t want to be too envious. 😉 lol


I’d love to know the real story behind all this. Regardless of the true response to Creative Cloud, you would expect Adobe to say that “everyone wants to rent software but you” once they decided to move forward. On the other hand, Adobe isn’t going to slit its own throat if it doesn’t believe this attempt to squeeze more cash out of its customer base isn’t going to work. It makes me wonder what percentage of their revenue is derived from corporations vs. individuals and small businesses. I would guess it is the latter that will find this most unacceptable. I can’t imagine myself ever renting software from any vendor.


29.99 a month? Have they completely lost their minds, or are they just being greedy? Aside from the totally lame downgrade of being a completely cloud based service, is Adobe even living in the real world where we a currently experiencing a prolonged global economic crisis?

Will the average small businesses, or working photographer find this cloud based version attractive or even an option? I can’t imagine they will.

This is what happens when a company has a monopoly: they can gauge loyal customers because they are keenly aware there is NO alternative.

Just say no to the corporate oligarchy and yes to Open Source solutions. And pray these OS solutions work with your camera. 🙂


$20 for a single app, $50 for the whole suite. $30 is “upgrade” pricing for only the first year.

Can small business that could not handle $20 a month be able to pay $600 up front to run PS CS6?

Zvonimir Tosic

You see, that $600 can extend over many years of use. Many are still happy with Photoshop CS3, which came out ages ago. And if the computer lasts and is taken care of, it may mean anywhere from 5-10 years of solid use of a program. Adobe knows that, and that is why they want subscription based monopoly.


If you upgrade your OS frequently as many do, older versions like CS3 simply will not work. And AFAIK, ACR is only backwards compatible for 1 or 2 versions.


I’ll be switching.


Oh well. No new versions for me. But then CS3 does everything I want anyway.


CS3 is not going to work forever. If you ever upgrade your OS, the new version most likely won’t support versions as old as CS3.


This is a sign that the end of Adobe is coming. Since they cant make upgrades attractive enough for people to buy them, they try to use the monopoly card and force people into an endless pay system. It wont work – people dont want a hostage situation, and big publishing companies dont want that either.
Who wants to bet on a format for their work and recorded memories that requires a life long subscription.


When they first announced this tactic I was really upset about it, but since using it I have to say I am honestly very pleased with it. I think it’s currently the only win-win situation for everyone.

The only people who should be complaining about this are the boot leggers. The product works offline and allows access too all programs.

Assuming Master collection costs around $2500, at the current rate of $50 a month (I am only paying $29 as an “upgrader”), it would take 4 years to pay out the same thing it would cost to own it. By that time, Adobe would have already released 2 if not 3 more versions that you would again have to purchase.

The way I say it everyone wins. The legitimate owners get a price cut, and Adobe actually gets paid for the product they make.


I wonder if your initial assumption, $2500 for the suite, is accurate. My employer pays less than half of that. You do raise an interesting issue though. I wonder if this move will stop piracy or encourage it. For those thinking it will stop piracy, remember that the programs are still downloaded and installed locally. You just rent instead of own.

Charlie boots

Do you work for Adobe?
Your numbers are flawed. You are paying $29.99 for the first year after which it goes to $49.99. This is much more than the upgrade cost every 2 years. It may be economically advantageous to new purchasers but certainly not for the huge base of existing registered users who have already forked out thousands over the years.

It seems to me that existing users are being royally screwed whilst new users of their suites may have an advantage.

Zvonimir Tosic

All right Apple, is this what you’ve been waiting for to release Aperture X with Photoshop-like editing tools?

Rickard Hansson



I have a few friends that made LR3 and they told me quite a bit of the “core” lightroom people left Adobe to go work on Aperture. This was just before lightroom 4 came out. My guess is aperture will get even better.


I’m waiting too.. although I switched from LR to Aperture and from PS to Pixelmator about a year ago 🙂 very good combination 🙂


I just bought CS6 photoshop a week ago. It was on sale for $449 at Adorama. Now I know why it was on sale. I will use it until some other smart company comes along and fills this new nitche. I will never go cloud. Never make monthly payments, like cable tv. I was very angry when kindle went cloud. Dropped them too. I also noticed there were no prices quoted for CS6 users. What does that mean?


Most people will pirate if:

Software is good, convenient, and high cost

Most people will buy if:

Software is good, convenient, and price is fair (High Value)

January 25, 2012
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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1
Adobe After Effects CS4
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I wonder how many CS licensees there are?

If I could produce a $999 alternative and sell it to a million people, that would be a billion dollars.

There are a number of companies with the resources to do just such a thing. Last week it wouldn’t have made financial sense to build a $999 alternative to CS. This week it might.


Yep, lost me too. Looking for alternatives.


Adobe is trying to enter the rentier class.

Maybe there will be some ground-shaking improvements, but CS 5 is robust enough for me.

Being that the vast majority of current license-holders are middle class, and being that the middle class is currently hard put upon, I don’t think this move will result in a growing user base. For those that do adopt new subscription-based services, look for ever rising prices, as your cohort will foot the entire bill for any and all upgrades, plus Adobe’s quarterly profit requirement(s) by the stock market(s).

I hate it when a good company loses its mind.


For graphic designers working in print media there are no alternatives to Photoshop and Illustrator. As for GIMP, last I checked it does not have a CMYK work space. For page layout QuarkXpress is still around and is quite good but it is also very expensive. So most graphic professionals will pass the cloud based cost to customers, and cross their fingers.

As for Lightroom, Adobe knows there are true alternatives. Still, considering it is now bundled with some Samsung and other cameras, Lightroom may gain such a huge share that it will become (like Photoshop) the de facto raw converter which will give Adobe a lot of muscle.


I’ve been using Photoshop regularly but occasionally since it came out in 1990! I have used it semi-professionally for all those years to make collages, posters, and fine art prints. Until the latest version, I have upgraded with every other version. I believe I have paid for and owned at least seven versions. When I went to upgrade a few weeks ago from CS5–I needed the newest version not for PS but to have Camera Raw for my latest cameras– and was told that I had to buy the full version, for the first time, I balked, and ended getting Lightroom. I now do my Raw conversions in Lightroom but do all my other tasks in my older version of CS.

With this new policy, they have now just about lost me completely. As a very serious hobbiest who occasionally does professional work, the cost is now prohibitive. I will look for alternatives. Shame on Adobe for shutting all us enthusiasts out.


I’m right there with you. From the beginning. Not digging this move.


Same here… I can’t even upgrade now. Adobe acts like absolute monopolist


Looking for software to convert DNG back to NEF.

R Butler

In what way does this affect DNG?

If you can explain your concerns, we can ask Adobe about them.


When are they going to force people to rent the DNG converter, too? They are erroding trust, and every human action is based on trust or lack thereof. If they can’t be trusted now then nothing they do, have done, or touch can be trusted.

Rickard Hansson

DNG is an open standard, so why the concerns?


I have 300K of DNG’s from nikon and olympus. I would like to be able to use other software if needed.


Re: Butler,
I converted all my files to DNG since I had full trust in the standard. I do not see other software vendors embracing it. The safe thing to have done is to keep the original RAW file from the manufacture. This is my concern. The best case scenario would be adobe sell PS at the same price as lightroom ($150) This is the only way Non Pro’s or part time pros will continue to use the software. (due to cost)

R Butler

Adobe has been trying to get DNG adopted as an ISO standard, at which point you won’t be dependent on them.


Wow. Isn’t this what many people feared when Adobe first announced its scheme to rent software? I can still hear Adobe apologist Scott Kelby bleating “You don’t HAVE to rent it. You can still BUY it.” So much for that.

I can totally understand why Adobe would do this. Who wouldn’t want to force their customer base into providing a continual, predictable revenue stream? For me, this new paradigm absolutely does NOT work. I feel like Adobe is trying to pick my pocket. What will I do when CS6 becomes so long in the tooth that I need to upgrade? I don’t even know. It won’t be Creative Cloud.

Photographer Martin Bailey shared an interesting personal anecdote regarding the Creative Cloud apart from the rental issue. He was on an Antarctic trip that lasted over 30 days. Although his bill with Adobe was paid, he had no internet connection to let his software know this. After 30 days of no contact with the Adobe mothership, all his CS software quit working. Nice.

JayEm Photos

Maybe it’s a good time to cancel my upcoming Lightroom workshops and start teaching Capture One instead… the early bird catches the worm. Only Problem I have at the moment: I really don’t know a good alternative to Photoshop especially with regard to an overall workflow.


Sorry Adobe, this model may be acceptable to your corporate users, however, I doubt you will find it embraced by the hobbyist sector. I also think that you underestimate how large this sector of your user base is.
We were fine with dishing out $149 for an upgrade every other version, but to spend $20 – $40 a month indefinitely is not going to fly. We will find an alternative. This is nothing but arrogance and corporate greed.


I’m not even sure how acceptable it will be to the corporate users, given that the “team” price is $70/month per user.

In the old scheme, even though the software was expensive, you could buy it for the less-frequent users and just not upgrade it quite as often. You had control over when you spent the money for it. Now you have to make a choice to go all-in, permanently, for each and every user.


Unfortunately, for the hobbyist they were never Adobe’s target for such software. They have always looked to the creative professionals. If you mentioned that to an Adobe Executive they’d probably say that PS and Premier Elements are products for hobbyists (and they’re right). There’s plenty of other options for the hobbyist or enthusiasts. As for commercial users, Adobe’s response would probably be “So what are they going to do? Stop using the industry standard?”. The sad truth is the answer to their question is “of course not.”


Right, another company on my personal boycott list…

(I’m switching my K-5 to PEF in protest)

Gabor Szantai

I don’t get some comments…

The full box was about £600-650 when I bought, I paid £200 for upgrade and now I will pay this previous amount monthly.
I am paying for an online service instead of offline software. So what?

My dentist doesn’t work for free, I have to pay in the supermarket, my customers pay me for photography and retouching.
It’s a tool. A carpenter has to pay for his tools, a photographer wouldn’t?

There is a free alternative picture editor, GIMP. Enjoy.


There are a lot of customers who don’t buy each and every version. So they can now either pay considerably more to use the Adobe software, or find alternatives.

Adobe is either betting they will pay more, or has calculated that these users are an insignificant portion of the market.

What I wonder if they’ve correctly calculated is the probability that credible commercial alternatives costing less than, say, $1200 will emerge.


@Gabor I don’t get your comment. Your dentist provides a service. Although Adobe would like to adopt the software-as-a-service model, it is not inherently so.

You talk about tools. How many carpenters rent all their tools? Do you rent all your photography gear? I’m guessing you don’t. If you do you are certainly in the minority.

Antonio Rojilla

You completely missed the point of those comments.


The difference is the supermarket doesn’t charge you for every minute you are in the store whether you take any groceries home or not. And very rarely does the grocery store have a sytem failure that wouldn’t allow you to walk in the front doors and buy food, which would be a big issue if you were starving to death. Certain business models work for a reason, and paying to license a piece of software is still paying for your tools. When a carpenter goes to do a job he doesn’t have to rent them by the month in order gain access to his toolbox. He has the right to use them whenever he wants. Your analogies fail.


(1) Many of the people on this site, including some “pros” are not professionals so this is not a business expense. (2) As Adobe adds more features to Lightroom, Photoshop becomes less and less necessary, unless you like making selections, refining edges and guessing which layer. That’s about as far from the enjoyment of photography as you can get, in my opinion.

JayEm Photos

It’s not that I’m not willing to pay for my tools. The point is – and that is only my personal preference – I want to buy my tools, not to rent them… and I think many others are feeling the same way.

Gabor Szantai


Partly I do. I rent cinema lights, I rent a studio, I pay my assistant and occasionally I rent a medium format camera.
Like carpenters or builders sometimes have to rent special tools what they don’t need on daily basis.

Adobe will provide as well. We are getting new add-ons, Cloud service, software update, etc.

Gabor Szantai

JayEm Photos,

I don’t have Adobe papers (are they on any stock market?) but I understand them.
I used to be an architect designer and we had the same experience: less than 10% of designers bought the CAD softwares and 50% of users made money with.
The situation might be same here: more users make money with Adobe softwares than who pay for them.
Blame them not the Adobe. Or both. 🙂

Gabor Szantai


“Your analogies fail.” The supermarket part does.
The carpenter analogy still stands.
Even carpenters do license softwares or rent industrial tools.


On occasion. I doubt they rent a shovel. Post processing software is a tool like a camera. I don’t have to pay a monthly fee to keep my camera working. Enjoy subscribing to whatever you want to use. Maybe one day you can pay a monthly fee to keep your refridgerator door functioning. Hope you don’t lose your internet connection.

Gabor Szantai

“Do I need ongoing Internet access to use my Creative Suite applications?
Because your Creative Suite applications are installed directly on your computer, you will not need an ongoing Internet connection to use them on a daily basis. However, you will need to be online when you install and license your software, and at least once every 30 days thereafter. The software will alert you when you need to connect to the Internet for a license status check.

However, if the product is unable to verify your license at the 30 day mark, a 7-day grace period will begin giving you a little extra time. If you are not able to access internet within those 7 days, your applications will be blocked.”

There are other options, nobody is forced to use PS.


Thank god for Pixelmator as a legitimate up an coming replacement for Photoshop.


Not for PC =(


for some of us, we DON”T want to have our images stored on someone else’s servers. Nor do we want to run software from the cloud….that’s why we spend a ton of money on our OWN systems to have them do what we want, when we want, and away from an internet connection as well….how do you use the cloud on a cruise ship or an airplane?


To be clear, you install the software locally. But, at least to this point, if your computer doesn’t contact the Adobe mothership at least once a month to verify your subscription it will stop working.


If that’s the case then no doubt there will be a hack out tomorrow that makes it possible to use the software without the subscription.


Be sure to email/call/mail Adobe with your disapproval of this crap. And encourage everyone you know to the same as well.


Suddenly Google’s purchase of Nik Software looks like very smart business. Of course, they are also “in the cloud”….


I work with an advertising company and we all are shocked about this move. We are working with Adobe products for more than 15 years and in the moment using the latest Creative Suites. We discussed it today and made the decision to use CS6 as long as possible and then moving to other products. InDesign will be replaced by QuarkXPress, Lightroom will be replaced by Phase One or others. Premiere CS6 will be replaced by Final Cut Pro X or Vegas. For the other stuff we produce we will find a solution. We will never NEVER use a cloud based software!

Gabor Szantai

Lightroom remains boxed software. Capture One Pro is about 230 EUR…

Any other smart move?


We use Phase One since 2002 besides Lightroom for our MF-backs. So we won’t cry losing Lightroom. Phase One is the better software anyway 😉


For individuals: $600/year, $360 for the first year if you own CS3 – 5.5.

I suppose they’ve already done the calculation that this will eliminate virtually all individual users who aren’t using CS as part of a profit-making business. This will also drive away the enterprise and SOHO type users, like myself, who own CS but use it rather more occasionally, as particular projects require. No way would I budget $480/year for the handful of colleagues in my group who use CS from time to time. In effect, they have limited themselves to the pro market now.


Wait … the “Team” price is $69.99/mo, and the individual price is $49.99/mo. So they actually want to charge volume customers *more* per user than individuals – with some additional benefits, sure, but enough for an incremental 40%?

No way. They’ve gone completely bonkers. Some MBA is about to get his ass handed to him when the uptake assumptions fail.


I bet the pro market has their own objections to constantly using a cloud-based service. Photographers and artists want their work stored locally, are distrustful of remote services, and must have extremely reliable and mobile programs that can survive without a data connection. CC has made itself obsolete simply by existing without an Adobe alternative. Other alternatives do exist and were just waiting for a reason for professionals to give them a second glance.


It may be that Adobe isn’t that interested in photographers, since many don’t buy the entire Creative “Suite”. Well, now you’ll get it (and pay for it) whether you want it or not.

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