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Adobe will force customers to pay monthly

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Walter, May 7, 2013.

  1. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

  2. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    Images will be bandwidth hungry.
  3. ShadyX

    ShadyX Well-Known Member

    Adobe Creative Cloud is the future. (n) :cautious:
  4. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Blame the software pirates. :mad:
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  5. Sheratan

    Sheratan Well-Known Member

  6. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

  7. Jesepi

    Jesepi Well-Known Member

    This software as a service(in the magical cloud) craze could really backfire depending on how quickly people tire of it.
    Adam Howard likes this.
  8. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a good opportunity for another company to step up.
    FredC, Alfa1, SchmitzIT and 5 others like this.
  9. Lucas

    Lucas Well-Known Member

    This is exactly what I though.
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  10. Rho Delta

    Rho Delta Well-Known Member

    Maybe they wouldn't have a piracy issue if they charged an affordable price for their software... When there is an AFFORDABLE, legal choice, people usually choose to follow the law. I guess the executives there don't understand sacrificing margins for volume.
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  11. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Photoshop was never intended for the general public though and is priced to suit its place in the market - a professional tool aimed at pro photo studios/publishers/design houses etc. who run profitable businesses and want high-end software to achieve the best results for their products/services/clients.

    There have always been cheaper alternatives for home/general/small business users. (y)

    The "cloud" movement is all about nipping the distribution of useable pirated software in the bud because it allows the software makers to control who gets to use their software; i.e. paying customers only. Whether that impacts positively or negatively on their bottom line remains to be seen; I'm still in the "like to own it outright" mode (and pay to upgrade at my leisure), but we may be forced down the route of paying monthly if every software house jumps on the bandwagon!!
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  12. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    This will be the day that free alternatives will take the market lead.
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  13. ShadyX

    ShadyX Well-Known Member

    I don't see myself ever using GIMP or the other alternatives though, They seem so primitive compared to photoshop.. and I guess there is the learning curve too..
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  14. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    As they are now, probably not. But who's to say they won't get better for a market that has a demand for them?
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  15. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    Actually, the entire "cloud" movement as far as applications are concerned is cost. It's cheaper for a company to use the software on the cloud. You rent the number of seats you need for a given month, rather than buying licenses for standalone copies.

    The entire problem with the cloud craze is what does a company do when they find themselves without Internet access due to an issue? With all their apps hosted elsewhere, work comes to a standstill. Seems the IT industry needs to relearn why we got away from mainframes and dumb terminals decades ago.
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  16. Poltergeist

    Poltergeist Active Member

    I have been using Adobe Creative Suite via the cloud for several months now. You do NOT have to be connected to the internet to use the software. You download and install via their download app, which also lets you know when there are updates. The software runs locally. You only need to connect to the internet once a month or every 3 months for a license check, depends on if you are on a monthly or annual contract. All created files are kept locally if you want (what I do), or you can save them to the cloud. Since I'm doing the suite I can download and add any of the Adobe programs at anytime. Really not that big of deal to do. I held off for quite a while because I also like to own the software I use. But when I looked at the cost for me to rent it verse buying it, it was a no brainer. $30 a month (because I own a previous version) for the suite ($360 a year) vs. about $1200 to buy it and knowing a new version would probably be released this summer.
    Hlchia, D.O.A., Steve F and 7 others like this.
  17. ShadyX

    ShadyX Well-Known Member

    That is good to know, I kinda thought it was like the xbox 720 where you need to always be connected to the internet. :)
  18. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Was about to say the same.

    You also get a lot of additional services, including Typekit ($40 a year) which just add a lot more value to the service.

    Quite honestly this is probably a great move on Adobe's part and while it is a form of preventive measure towards piracy, they have done a lot to make sure that it doesn't inhibit your workflow and that it adds a lot of perks for changing to it. It also becomes much more affordable.
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  19. Gene Steinberg

    Gene Steinberg Well-Known Member

    The problem with this scheme is that, if you stop paying, you lose your ability to run the software soon as it fails the license check. But if you buy the software, you can use it for as long as you want, so long as computers and operating systems are compatible. With a subscription, you are forced to pay for upgrades even if you don't want them. Also, with the one-year contract, if you try to cancel prematurely, you are still obligated for 50% of the remaining fees.

    I can see this as an alternative for customers who regularly upgrade and would pay similar prices anyway. But for those who just want one version for as long as it works, it's a bad deal.
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  20. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    When it's put that way, it doesn't sound so bad.
    Agree. Works out well for one type of customer, maybe not so much the other type.

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