Dong believe the BS on how often Adobe will Ping the network from your PC as well as don't believe that they don't track and gather a TON of your personal data.
I run Eset at home for my Virus/FW and have it set to exclusively disallow and every app has to request access. It can be a slow process at first with the pop-up constantly coming up, but the HUGE advantage, you really get an idea of what your software does and how often it "Calls Home" to the mother base.
So of it is of course the "Is there an upgrade" check, but with Adobe products, especially Flash, you would be surprised how you go to certain websites and all of a sudden Flash is asking permission to talk to Adobe.
And to Tomscott - you are an idiot and many of us don't appreciate you assertion that we are pirates.
Most people here may not be subscribers to CS, but I would assert that most people here ARE Owners of Photoshop. Hell. I think I finally tossed out some of my Photoshop 3 discs the other day... Not CS 3, but Photoshop 3.
For myself, I am not a Creative Suite 6 owner. I am a Creative Suite 5 owner, as well as a Photoshop CS 6 owner... I really had no need to upgrade the other tools, and hell, I was was a Cold Fusion, Cold Fusion Studio user back when they were MacroMedia Products.
Long story short, I like to OWN my software and decide what I need to use on a regular basis and what I need to use on an occasional basis. I see the big scam going on, which may be beneficial for a small subset of users, or users who were foolish with their money and bought suites that they really did not need, but don't diminish the specialized user whose average cost for a product like Photoshop is below $100 a year. Some of us time sales, watch for holiday sales and the like, and whether my 5 year cost is $400 or as high as $550, it has been pretty consistent in terms of cost.
For the Photoshop user, the cost is $20/month. I know there has been mention that it will be as low as $10, but I have been all over the Adobe site and single app on Photoshop is $20/mo. That is $240 a year, or my cost 5 years from now is 1200. That is a 60% increase.
What pisses off users, and something you don't grasp - is not all users want to upgrade all the time. Some of us decide that Photoshop CS 5 might have been worth the upgrade, CS 5.5 not so much, and CS 6, yeah, go for it... So lets say CS7 is worth while, but CS8 only runs on Windows 2015... and a user does not want yo upgrade. They are F%^*(ked in the CC because they are paying monthly for an upgrade they don't or CAN'T USE.
I know people who still run LightRoom 3.6. Why
Gee, they are on XP and don't need or want to upgrade to Win 7. Yup... Not all the bang and whistles of LR 4, and yes, LightRoom 4 was a nice step up, but as someone who has been in IT for 25 years and on the Internet for 20 (I originally used NCSA Mosaic and still have a Beta .93 version of Netscape lying around) I have seen a lot of hardware.
And by the way, your comment:
"The CS suite has been in development for 20 years. I don't see anything coming to market at the same scale and quality any time soon."
Really? That platform back then was Windows for Workgroups 3.11 if you were lucky. If you wanted to get on the Internet, you used a dial-up modem for the most part, and if you were lucky you had a smoking 2400 baud model. I still have one floating around. and man, when you got up to 9600 or even 14.4 or 19.2... you were smoking.
Back then we created two versions of websites, one that handled graphics like backgrounds, and some of us even remember the dreaded "blink" tag, and those that were text only for browsers like Lynx.
Adobe Photoshop CS came out in 2003. Some of us remember it because we had of say, Photoshop 3, Photoshop 4, 5, 5.5, 6 and 7 before the CS line of software came out.
So please... Enlighten me... How has Creative Suite been in development for 20 years, when CS was first released in 2003?
And sorry... as someone who HAS been using Photoshop for 20 years, I don't like the idea of "Renting" the software going forward, especially since I have a lot of Adobe products I have seen little need to upgrade, and prefer a model where I OWN what I buy and have freedom to use it as long as you want.