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Adobe Photoshop and Creative Suite to become subscription-only

Adobe Photoshop and Creative Suite to become subscription-only

Creative Cloud is the new name for Creative Suite, and it'll be available via subscription only.

Adobe has revealed that the next version of its Creative Suite will be available exclusively via its cloud-based, subscription-only interface, Creative Cloud.

Up until recently the company only offered standalone copies of its products, with discounts available for upgrades. However, just over a year ago it started offering a subscription-based distribution model, and it is this that the company now sees as the future.

The new suite of software is being released on 17 June and will be priced at either £17.58 inc VAT ($19.99) per month for individual apps or £46.88 inc VAT ($49.99) per month for the full suite. This means a two-year subscription works out as costing about the same as a standalone copy of the software.

Easing the transition for existing customers, Adobe is offering discounts of up to 60% for owners of CS3 and up. It will also have special subscriptions for schools, governments and other 'secure' users. Meanwhile CS6 will not get any new features from now on, with only security patches and bug fixes.

The New Creative Cloud will feature new versions of all its component apps, including the likes of Photoshop, Premiere, InDesign and Dreamweaver.

Photoshop - still the suite's most popular single app - is receiving a number of major features to help fix fudged photos, the most standout of which is a new blur removal tool. This helps improve the look of shots that have been blurred due to camera shake, with results looking sharper and more detailed. Also new is an improved sharpening algorithm that automatically detects which parts of the image to sharpen and which not to, i.e. only applying sharpen to a subject in the foreground and not the blurred background.

As for the rest of the suite, Illustrator users can now apply basic alterations to individual characters of text and have these remain, even when the text is then changed later on. On the video side of things, the full range are to receive updates that allow settings to be synced across workstations. Adobe has also built a new iPhone app for Kuler, its web service used to build and share colour swatches. The new app uses the phone's camera to detect a set of colours and then sends that selection to Illustrator.

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longweight 6th May 2013, 22:02 Quote
Cool.
GaryP 6th May 2013, 23:00 Quote
Glad I am using Corel although they won't be far behind no doubt.

So those of us who don't need to upgrade every version are screwed. Lets hope it comes back to bite them on the arse.
fix-the-spade 6th May 2013, 23:03 Quote
£562 per year per user, minimum commitment one year?

Ouch!

Think I'll give this a year to see if it's any good before committing, the amount of applications on offer looks great, so does the offer of cloud space and syncing settings across systems.

But, if the service isn't reliable or it knackers plugins it'll be useless. Doubly so if that monthly validation check doesn't work properly or decides it's time of the month at an awkward moment, that could be fun.
RedFlames 6th May 2013, 23:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by fix-the-spade
£562 per year per user, minimum commitment one year?

Ouch!

They were offering a rolling 1 month plan too, it was more expensive [a lot more iirc] but that seems to have disappeared... plus as pointed out in the article, 2 years worth of subs roughly equals what the boxed copy was.


Provided it works the same way as Office 365 does, where as long as your sub is active you get the latest version of the suite I think the sub is good... Not sure if i agree 100% with making it sub only though, You can still buy a bog-standard stand-alone copy of Office even if they are trying to get everyone over to 365.

Now I just wish Autodesk would do something similar... though given how much Max and Maya are to buy i dread to think how much the monthly offering would be...
Evolutionsic 6th May 2013, 23:47 Quote
this is complete crap, what am i going to do without internet?
fix-the-spade 6th May 2013, 23:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by RedFlames
They were offering a rolling 1 month plan too, it was more expensive [a lot more iirc] but that seems to have disappeared... plus as pointed out in the article, 2 years worth of subs roughly equals what the boxed copy was.

Roughly the same as the boxed version at rrp, admittedly I skip versions (CS,2,4,6), but paying that sub will almost triple what I've been paying. I suppose deal hunters like me are what they're trying to stamp out.
RedFlames 7th May 2013, 00:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by fix-the-spade
Roughly the same as the boxed version at rrp, admittedly I skip versions (CS,2,4,6), but paying that sub will almost triple what I've been paying. I suppose deal hunters like me are what they're trying to stamp out.

If you've got a serial for CS3 or later the sub is only £27 a month [dunno how long that lasts for though...]

Personally I think it's an anti-piracy thing. Photoshop especially is widely ripped off... Even at uni I *acquired* my copy as the student copy wasn't cheap [as a student i couldn't afford it even at their discounted rate... and was required for what I did]

But as i said, got nothing against products like that [use office 365 myself], but I'm not convinced dropping the boxed copy option entirely is the right idea, even if I have a good idea as to why they've done it.

EDIT

They're also branching out into hardware. I can see them encroaching on Wacom's territory...
October 7th May 2013, 00:16 Quote
I know it works out as a lot of money over time but the difference is you don't need to have a major sum of money available all at once before you get started. If I can manage to find some form of stable income I can definitely see finally upgrading. £30 a month isn't exactly a massive hole in the wallet, I spend more than that on much less useful things.
Gradius 7th May 2013, 00:21 Quote
Meanwhile in few months... Next big news: Adobe fills for bankrupcy. ;-)
D B 7th May 2013, 02:06 Quote
heh .. so what if 2 years subscription equals a boxed copy price ... it's not likely to be free after 2 years is it
Gunsmith 7th May 2013, 03:26 Quote
I'm all for them giving Wacom a run for their money if the hardware venture is true (2k for a cintiq is eye watering) bit this subscription thing is leaving a sour taste in my mouth.
SchizoFrog 7th May 2013, 03:50 Quote
Pirates are going to always find a way to update and then copy and official product which they will then release via torrents. That won't change a thing, just like always-on internet connections don't stop people playing certain games.

This is a way for them to hit the middle and small businesses that use their software. The large companies will have the finances to pay for the software however it is sold, often with undisclosed discounts for multiple licences. Adobe will then blag it to the smaller companies that this is easier for them to pay for as it is smaller instalments and not a massive lump sum, but everyone knows that you pay more for instalments. There is also the case as hinted at by individuals that many don't upgrade to each new version and often skip a version or two... You won't be able to do this now but really, how many businesses really NEED each version's updates?
fdbh96 7th May 2013, 07:32 Quote
The problem is for adobe is that there are several products now that are just as good as if not better than their products, its just that it isn't one company. People will just move to other products if they don't think its worth it.

Also about piracy, if it does turn out to be pirate proof then people will just pirate a different product. Either way, adobe gains nothing and just loses market share, as there would be less people using it, never mind wether they bought it or not.
will_123 7th May 2013, 08:16 Quote
Dont use it so its not a problem for me. But wouldnt be very happy being forced to subscribe to software. Just use GIMP instead if you dont like this model.
XXAOSICXX 7th May 2013, 09:59 Quote
We've been using the Adobe subscription model at work for a year or so now and, to be fair, it's pretty seamless. The only pain in the ass is the monthly "check in" that the machines need - which is only really an issue on our non-internet-connected computers (high-end workstations connected to a proprietary SAN), which gives IT a minor headache.

Aside from that, it's actually pretty good...and since we want to stay up to date anyway this works fine for us.
Xir 7th May 2013, 10:26 Quote
For my (ver humble) needs GIMP does just as well, so Bweh!
Griffter 7th May 2013, 10:57 Quote
one year after launch the switch will be activated and always on will become reality.
Griffter 7th May 2013, 11:05 Quote
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
GeorgeStorm 7th May 2013, 11:08 Quote
Don't like this, it's just basically charging more to use their products.

As others have said, people will just switch, Lightroom is the only thing I would consider paying for from Adobe, and if that goes the same route then hell no.
Pliqu3011 7th May 2013, 11:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
I'm all for them giving Wacom a run for their money if the hardware venture is true (2k for a cintiq is eye watering) bit this subscription thing is leaving a sour taste in my mouth.

Bit off-topic, but regarding the Cintiq, if you're interested in one you should definitely check out the Yiynova msp19u. Sounds (and looks…) like a cheap chinese Cintiq knockoff, but a lot of people are raving about it everywhere on the internet. It's basically almost as good as a Cintiq, very responsive and 2048 levels of pressure, but half to 1/5 of the price. Even their customer service would be pretty ok too.
It seems Wacom is finally getting some competition.
Kovoet 7th May 2013, 11:12 Quote
Well I think cs6 will be the last one I get for a while now
sotu1 7th May 2013, 11:15 Quote
Eurgh.....considering how little I use it, I will be sticking to my old CS3 and older. Wonder if they'll have a package for those on PS essentials and the like
Griffter 7th May 2013, 11:20 Quote
my career is in design... and now i cant think to ever go back to freelancing... i cant afford this as a single entity just doing my thing. i guess im stuck on 9-5 forever :'(
monkiboi 7th May 2013, 12:43 Quote
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As someone who doesn't upgrade on every version (I went from ps7 to cs2 to cs5) this would cost me a lot more over time. Fortunately cs5 does what I need it to do for now so I can wait to see how this plays out.
azazel1024 7th May 2013, 12:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by fix-the-spade
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Originally Posted by RedFlames
They were offering a rolling 1 month plan too, it was more expensive [a lot more iirc] but that seems to have disappeared... plus as pointed out in the article, 2 years worth of subs roughly equals what the boxed copy was.

Roughly the same as the boxed version at rrp, admittedly I skip versions (CS,2,4,6), but paying that sub will almost triple what I've been paying. I suppose deal hunters like me are what they're trying to stamp out.

Likely. My concern is what about Lightroom? I'll have to dig in to this announcement some more.

Lightroom by itself is generally pretty cheap, often around $99 on sale. Adobe also likes to kick old versions of their software to the curb with any kind of updates. I know they keep their RAW converter up-to-date and that has always been free, which is nice, but last I checked, that doesn't mean Lightroom will have native support for new cameras once the latest version comes out (though I have only had lightroom since V4, so I am not 100% sure of that, maybe it ties in with RAW converter?)

I don't mind paying $99 periodically to update to the latest version of Lightroom, but I already have CS6 and honestly, odds are good I am not going to feel a particularly compelling need to get a newer version of photoshop for several years. Maybe call me when CS8 or 9 is out. I do NOT want to have to pay $240 per year (or significantly more) to have access to the latest version of Lightroom so that a new camera I buy has native support in the application.

So fingers crossed that this ONLY applies to the Creative Suite of applications and not the few stand alones, like Lightroom.
Star*Dagger 8th May 2013, 00:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Evolutionsic
this is complete crap, what am i going to do without internet?

You do not exist without a constant internet connection.

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Grimloon 8th May 2013, 12:35 Quote
This might actually be better for their primary user base cost wise as that works out as being less than we pay per user per year for a licence for our web team after updates have been purchased for each of them.

The issue I can see is what this will require connection wise as we already have "fun" getting any Adobe software to authenticate through the firewall, I doubt that many users would be permitted dirty line/VPN combinations so they can use both this and have an internal network connection. It may be a bit of a mixed blessing for the corporate environment.
October 8th May 2013, 13:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by azazel1024
I do NOT want to have to pay $240 per year (or significantly more) to have access to the latest version of Lightroom so that a new camera I buy has native support in the application.
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Why would you need to? Lightroom isn't that expensive, if it goes to subscription it'll be a pretty small monthly amount. And how often are you going to buy a new camera? If very, I don't think you need to worry about the cost of Lightroom...
LordPyrinc 8th May 2013, 18:22 Quote
I use GIMP for image editing, OpenOffice for docs and spreadsheets, and MS Security Essentials for anti-virus. No need to pay subscriptions for things that have legitimate free alternatives. If I were in the business of doing high-end graphics processing, I would imagine that Adobe offers things that GIMP does not, but for the bulk of home users, GIMP is more than enough.
kerpwnt 9th May 2013, 07:21 Quote
Adobe thinks like the record industry. Unwilling to lower the price to a value-point where most consumers would be willing to buy the product instead of pirating. They think they can turn low income users/pirates into enterprise customers...
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