These anti Adobe snipes really are tiresome, $9.99 a month for the best two photo editing apps on the planet and you still bitch about them.
Until Adobe, after convincing everyone to dump their standalone programs decides that they need to up the rental to $20 per month? Would a for-profit company do something like that?
I don't like the idea of a company forcing me to pay for upgrades that I may not want.
with every update and new feature included for free
You will have to explain to me how these are free when the customer is paying 10 bucks a month.
But in any case, if you find such discussions tiring, you might be better off skipping those discussions.
You're not, you are paying for what you get, and you are paying less than before and you are paying it monthly rather than as a lump sum if you were one of the few people who did actually buy a proper retail copy of whatever software you use.
OK, maybe not 'free', maybe included in your interest free payment plan. It is semantics, you used to pay $600 for PS up front with a price break on an upgrade, now you pay less in total, but now you pay it monthly, and it includes major release upgrades.
If you buy a 2014 car and pay $20,000 cash for it you have a car, if you lease a 2014 one and it costs you less over the lifespan of the car, but in 2016 when the model is given a refresh and the lease holder gets updated for the same inclusive monthly price, did he get it for free? You both have cars to use as you want (well in this analogy you do) the lease owner keeps current and never has a system issue because of unsupported 'cameras or computers', the 'owner' doesn't have that, never gets new features or system support.
To my mind if you agree a price now and you get more later, that extra is free, the fact that for true retail customers the monthly fee actually works out cheaper is another bonus.
You guys remind me of people who hate 'Obamacare', ask them if they don't want insurance companies to sell useless policies, ask them if insurance companies should be allowed to drop you if you need them, ask them if they want to be disallowed from getting insurance because they had the misfortune to have been ill at some time in the past, ask them if they want income based subsidies to help pay for insurance that covers those vital points and pretty much everybody says yes, but call it 'Obamacare' and they hate it.
The red herring about future compatibility is entirely bogus too, just save as TIFF's they are an almost open standard, as many of Adobe's file types.