« on: June 07, 2013, 01:45:52 PM »
I hated this idea at first for many of the reasons brought up here. But, I am kind of coming around in thinking about it. I may have to go and thoroughly read the terms of service. But - I am currently on CS5, I have not felt the push to upgrade to CS6 because the bulk of what I do is in Lightroom (I use PS for the fine tuning side of things that lightroom just can't do). So for a user like me, PS is just a fine editing plugin for lightroom - and yeah that's definitely not worth forking over the dough to upgrade unless there is some substantial new tool I feel I need to have.
So, for someone like me, this new CC may actually not be a bad thing. Unless there's something I am missing, I can now have the latest capabilites without having such a large up front price. As a wedding/portrait shooter in an area that has very defined seasons - meaning my need for PS would be from May-November - at $20 a month that would mean I'd be paying about $140 (maybe more if I need it in the winter). I have to check the fine print to see if there are penalties for letting your subscription lapse, or, some kind of silly startup fee. This may be a loophole that they find a way to fill by implementing penalties, but, it may be awesome for the occasional user because they can now have access to $600 software for $20 (as long as they don't mind just using it for a month.
I do hope they don't go cloud with lightroom. We shall see what happens I guess. If enough people boycott CC, then it won't take adobe too long to change their tune...
It looks like the month-to-month plan is $30 per application, so more like $210 for May to November. You could buy the annual plan and cancel, but there are cancellation charges after the first 30 days.
Also, if you don't have an older version of Photoshop already on your computer, you won't be able to access or edit your files during those down months.