The new CC, Creative Cloud from Adobe, good news or bad?
Adobe have announced they are moving to a subscription only service for their creative suite. One of the applications is the well known and used Photoshop. People will only be able to sign up for Photoshop online for a monthly fee.
There are a few reasons Adobe chose to go down this route, obviously it’s cheaper for them, they save a huge amount on packaging the product and also it will cut down the amount of people who steal the product (although some may still be able to get around this) There are of course plenty of advantages of the new download, no one off upgrade charges, no need to spend £500 on Photoshop if you are not alreday a user. Any upgrades will be available immediately rather than having to wait 18 months or so for the next version.
Some photographers only use “stolen” versions and are clearly upset about the thought of having to pay for this service, the same photographers that would be up in arms if someone stole one of their pictures no doubt….
I have signed up for CC and as an owner of a version of CS3 or later, I have got a one year introduction deal of £7 per month, this will go up but is a nice way into CS6 and updates that would have cost me £150 straight off to upgrade from my version (CS5).
There are a couple of Adobe products which you can still buy and keep, Elements and Lightroom. Elements is a cut down version of Photoshop and users would be less keen to subscribe, the software costs under £50 anyway. As for Lightroom, it has a rival in Apple’s Aperture, maybe this is what is keeping it out of the CC suite for now.
For anyone interested in the differences, we will be running courses on the full version of Photoshop later this year.