May 15, 2013
Well I reported earlier that the options for Adobe licenses and maintenance had shrunk. The options have shrunk still further as there is no longer going to be any updates to Adobe licensed products and, ongoing, Creative Cloud is your only long term option.
Is this a good or bad thing? Well it is a mixed bag.
If you are a "Creative Professional" (yes, you know who you are!) then Creative Cloud for Teams at around $1100 per annum/$86 per month per User on subscription is good value as it give you access to a wide range of applications plus some additional features and ongoing updates. The downside is no perpetual rights so if you stop the subscription you don't get to use the software any more. The software is still installed locally so there are no performance issues but it needs to check back to home base from time to time to make sure you are still a subscriber.
If you are a home/small user then Lightroom and Photoshop Elements retail boxes will still be available and developed (for now).
Where it hurts is those who want to pay once up front and use a set version for a long time. For those people CS6 licenses are still available however Adobe is insisting that we make you sign an acknowledgement form that there will be no updates to the product and no upgrades.
If you have been thinking of any Adobe products talk to us quickly about which option is best for you.