Should I accept the offer (I own- pardon me- I am allowed to use CS6), and I stop paying: is my license of CS6 still valid or not?
I still don't want it, just curious.
Thanks for information.
BTW.: on the german Adobe homepage I don't find this offer.
I took advantage of the $19.99 pricing (U.S.) for CS6 customers to upgrade to CC full suite right before it expired. I figured I'd try it for a year and see what happens. I actually expected Adobe to extend the offer, but it appears they let it expire Sept. 1, so I'm glad I pulled the trigger.
To answer your question: CS6 remains loaded on my machine. I still have a valid CS6 license and should I need to reload (say, for example, if I replace my computer), my understanding from Adobe is that I can always reload my CS6. They are also continuing to add bug fixes to CS6 and, from what I have read, it sounds like they will continue to update with new camera profiles, etc., just won't add new features.
I have tried and I can choose to either run CC or the CS6 version of Photoshop (both are on my machine). Frankly, I'm in the middle of a project and haven't wanted to mess with new programs, so haven't done much with CC yet. I have found the downloader a bit buggy (can't get Bridge CC loaded) but haven't taken a lot of time/effort to try to figure it out yet.
My strategy is to try CC for a year, learn some new programs and then, if Adobe jacks up the price, I can always fall back on CS6 or whatever alternatives might be available by this time next year.
CS6 opens Photoshop files that have been edited in CC, so for those worried about losing access to files, that doesn't seem to be a problem (I always leave "maximize compatibility" checked when I save a file).
Most annoying thing so far has been the problem downloading Bridge and having to reload my plug ins. Advice to others: be sure you install the plug ins into the right directory. It appears CC automatically loads both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions and does a crappy job of identifying which is which. My Nik plug in wasn't showing up and then I figured out that it had installed in the 32 bit version, instead of the 64 bit version.
I am as unhappy about this whole scheme as anybody else, but when I did the math I decided it was worth the $240 (plus tax by the way) for a year to try it out. Mainly because I am curious about some of the programs that aren't available in CS6.
Sidenote: I can't find this offer on the Adobe site here in the U.S. either. Really annoys me when companies don't have it together enough to update their own sites immediately when they make an announcement. No press release...no listing of this under their "offers" as of now.