Yesterday I found myself swept up in the weirdness that’s infiltrated the world of Adobe Creative Suite.
Really, all I wanted to do was discover the best path forward to getting the software I most needed updated, well, updated.
Alas, as I wrote yesterday, things didn’t turn out to be that simple…
Looking for answers
So I reached out to some designer buddies.
Harlan Bowling is a designer—and coder—in Fort Worth/Dallas. He and his wife Yvette are the proprietors of Paradigm Creative, a design and branding firm in Fort Worth.
Here’s what I wrote him:
I was shocked as I explored Adobe.com this morning to find out they’re doing away with permanent editions of their professional software in favor of a forced subscription service.
Creative Suite 6 is the last iteration of perpetual license for Adobe.
Have you been following this?
What’s your take?
I’m gonna blog on this today and would like some juicy quotes from a freelance designer.
Then I linked to one of the posts I’d just read (Adobe CEO: The Truth About Creative Cloud).
Here’s his response:
Personally, I think Creative Cloud is a great solution for designers and creative teams of all levels. Any time that you need to buy a new license seat, you create an account based on what you need, and pay it out monthly. For a student at a university that just needs a single CS app for a class, but not the entire CS, they can purchase a one-app CC license and use it as they need it. That will cost them anywhere from $9/mo to $29/mo…or about $120-360/year. You can’t buy a single app perpetual license for that. Sure you’re going to be paying for it for more than a year, but you’re also factoring in having every upgrade, all the time. No more $300+ upgrade licenses.
For me, I paid over $1500 for CS4 when it came out a few years ago. That was a huge expense. Now, I pay $49/mo and I have access to all of the latest CS, plus Adobe’s Cloud sharing, Business Catalyst, Behance, the list goes on. I am able to try out apps that I would’ve had to buy the very top level of CS to get. Is $49/mo chump change? Not really…but this is what I do for a living. $49/mo for the tools I use every single day is well worth it.
So, in short, it offers casual designers a way into the Suite without breaking the bank (or being tempted into piracy), and more experienced designers the gamut of apps for a consistent price that doesn’t break the bank. I’ve been using Creative Cloud for about 6 months now, and I’m all for it.
I’ve known Brent Combs for a number of years now. Met him at Einstein, then worked with him a number of times over the years, getting his designs into print. Very creative. Strong design skills honed from decades in the analogue world of art and photography.
His take was more equivocal:
I’m afraid we’re headed in that direction.
I had to replace my Macbook Pro and discovered that even Microsoft Office is on the subscription bandwagon.
This cloud thing is about to drive me crazy. Oh how I long for those days of CDs and floppy disks.
Recently did a cartoon image that refers to the technology woes here: BCDPhoto
Honestly, I was expecting denunciations, but got none.
You know what, though?
And nobody else’s.
So the question:
What do I need?
- I need a reasonably up-to-date version of Dreamweaver.
- And I need it to fit into a budget.
I’d already set a benchmark for affordability: Getting a single web design job that will pay for it.
I can download a copy of Dreamweaver CS6 from Adobe for $399 plus tax.
Amazon’s cheaper. $360.19.
How much to “rent” it via Creative Cloud?
$19.99 a month. Or, $239.88 a year.
In other words, in 18 months of renting I would have paid as much as if I’d just bought it.
And then I’d need another web job to pay for it.
The counter argument
But what about upgrades?
Fact is, I’m not an upgrade-intensive person. Even with a web design tool. I’m just not.
For me, buying Dreamweaver CS6, instead of renting Dreamweaver CC, is a no-brainer.
I imagine my old boss, Keith Einstein, would benefit hugely from Creative Cloud. He owns a print shop. He has multiple people. They need to open other people’s files.
From my experience I can tell you they need up-to-the-minute software.
But I don’t.
As soon as I get that next web design project, I’m buying Dreamweaver CS6.
Heard back from Keith Einstein.
As I imagined, for Einstein Printing, Creative Cloud is a good deal:
The new cloud computing initially caused angst for us more because of the change than actual costs. The service provider program was a great deal but is no longer being offered. At $360/yr and always having the latest iteration of software it is not a bad deal…at least for us…
It was inevitable Adobe would go this direction. From their view point it makes sense. This offers a steady revenue stream and it will probably cut down on piracy quite a bit too.
Via Facebook, I also heard from my friend Richard Dalton, a successful photographer in Fort Worth:
I like that they include constant updates. I know CC users who are now able to dabble in, and use other softeware that they wouldn’t normally use/buy due to the purchase price.
My take is that it’s expensive, regardless of how you spread it out. It works for people who work full-time in design or development. Or have extra money for hobbies.
For me, right now, with the way Adobe currently has it set up, it’s not happening.
Besides, I’ve signed on to the free version of Creative Cloud. You can download anything for 30 days and try it out for free. Then decide whether to buy.
That part, I’m totally down with.