I thought this looks interesting as an alternative to photoshop...http://www.ononesoftware.com/landing/2013/09/suite/?v=1&utm_campaign=Ste8_Own_0913&utm_medium=email&utm_source=OwnSteLegacy&utm_content=#vid
Looks like On one have been working hard to seize the opportunity that this subscription nonsense has presented them...
Interesting. I have both the current onOne suite and the Nik suite. Switch back and forth, as each has its strengths and weaknesses. Some of onOne's adjustments tend to be over-the-top and have to be dialed back if you don't want that "Photoshopped" look.
I have to say, their resizing program (used to be Genuine Fractals I believe) is pretty incredible. Nik's black and white conversions are still the best in my opinion.
Anyway, interesting that onOne is now emphasizing the stand-alone option. I believe they also have some way of adding layers in Lightroom, which could also make Photoshop less necessary. I think over the next year we'll see more and more of these options. The plug-in manufacturers don't want to be strapped to the mast if the Adobe ship starts to go down.
Adobe may be in too deep to just walk away from their "We-called-it-cloud-but-it's-not-really-a-cloud" software program. But, I suspect we will see a lot of "special offers" etc. as they try to extricate themselves from this disaster.