Well, they’ve finally done it.
Adobe has gone about making the change from being able to purchase software upgrades at one’s convenience to having to pay a monthly subscription to be able to use the programs. Development of the next iteration of the Creative Suite has been cancelled in lieu of this new cloud-based subscription model, which is sure to upset many.
Allow me to explain.
The common equivalent would be owning a house and the bank saying, “Well, we know you’ve already bought it, but how would you like to rent your house instead?” It’s outrageous.
Adobe claims that this will allow them to more easily implement updates to the software and prevent piracy. But it also makes those of us who didn’t feel the need to purchase every new iteration of the product (unlike certain smartphone enthusiasts) forced to do so.
The move wouldn’t be as heinous if there were another real alternative to the Creative Suite. There are other text editors to replace Dreamweaver (Aptana, Sublime Text), but what of Photoshop? And Illustrator? Sure, there are programs such as GIMP or Krita, but, honestly, I hadn’t heard of them before a cursory Google search.
Even though the monthly fee isn’t that steep (yet), what’s to keep Adobe from raising the price whenever they were so inclined? The change also allows them to decrease their efforts on each of the following updates/iterations. Gone are the days where they would have to make significant improvements to the software as a purchase point.
It also means that access to your ACS files is always dependent on your payment for that month. If you miss one month’s dues, all of your files exclusive to those programs (PSD,EPS,INDD, etc) will be rendered useless until payment has been resumed (most likely with an additional late-payment fee).
It’s not too late!
This subscription-based access hasn’t been enacted yet, but it appears that the event horizon is fast approaching. CS6 will be the last purchase-to-own version of the Adobe Creative Suite before switching over to their new business model.
A difference can be made! Sign the petition linked below and we can influence the change!
Thanks to Stephanie Cunningham for posting the rant that I shamelessly regurgitated for this blog post.