« on: May 07, 2013, 06:35:02 PM »
I can understand the annoyance or even outrage of many who object to this change by Adobe. However it has been hinted at for several years through the gradual adoption of more cloud services and subscription.
I was even told earlier this year that a sale of full, boxed copies of PS CS6 for $200 each through B&H was a push to clear out physical inventory in anticipation of the change.
That said, we have to take emotionalism out of the discussion and make a decision for our business.
The technical details about connectivity to the 'net are valid and I am sure Adobe will have answers for that if it doesn't have them already.
Full disclosure: I have not read every bitt of info about the subscription service so I don't have answers for everything.
A few observations:
First: Photoshop has always branded itself a tool for professionals who, in theory, use top quality tools, are professionally trained and carry a certain business overhead as a consequence of that professionalism. The price of subscription is less than one tank of gas per month. If your business cannot handle that maybe you need to think about whether you have a real business. If you are a hobbyist see items three and four below.
Second: Ownership. When you buy a tank of gas you own it. When you use it ,you exchange it for transportation that (I hope) was useful or profitable to you. You rent a motel room and got something for a short period of time that was of value. I buy a new piece of gear on whether it makes money for me or not.
I buy toys that make me happy but I do not pretend that it is critical to my life.
The same for software. You rent PS and, as a pro, you use it create unique profitable image that the amateur with Picasa cannot. Then you can deduct it as an expense from the increased revenue like a real business would.
If you are a hobbyist, see below.
Third: Stick with what you have. Many are still using PS CS2. CS6 is wonderful but I scratch only the surface of the program and I am a fairly adept user. This is where Windows users benefit as they can use a huge range of versions whereas Mac users are stuck where their HW/SW combinations leave them.
Fourth: There are alternatives to PS and LR that permit ownership of the app. If you wish you can switch. Of course that entails cost, effort, and time but you are free of Adobe. Furthermore, Adobe will get your message if enough of you do switch.
Aperture is cheap and Apple may be persuaded to pour some resources into it should they sense an opportunity. Of course Apple was the first mass implementer of the cloud business model so you may find no love there.