Adobe release cycles, upgrade and maintenance

Although we can never be truly certain about software release dates Adobe is likely to release new Creative Suites software each year with whole numbers in even years and “x.5” numbers in odd years. This may not apply to individual products such as Acrobat - their version releases are all over the place and seem to randomly leap out like demented Christmas Elves from time to time.

Why should you care? Sadly for licensed users Adobe have dropped the Business TLP maintenance option which was a pretty cheap way to keep up to date. Some of you are going to be reaching the end of your current maintenance agreements soon and we will tell you when you do. After that you can pay a reduced cost upgrade but the cost depends on the current software version you have, so it pays to plan and not let upgrades slip too far.

So for example Design Standard CS6 TLP Corporate license is around $2388 ex GST. If you have an existing CS5.5 the upgrade is $495 and if you have CS5 the upgrade is $989.Earlier than that you don't get the option unless there is an amnesty promotion on that lets you upgrade from an earlier version.

So if you need to keep up to date, or upgrade your software more often than every 5 years, it is cost effective to buy upgrades each year rather than letting upgrades slip and buying new.

If you need any help please contact your Sales Representative for a review.

CB 



Norman Johnston
"The most powerful motivating factor for employees is seeing tangible progress whilst performing meaningful work. Effective information Technology achieves this objective."

Norman Johnston
Think I.T. Team

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