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CDM Productions
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CDM Productions,
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5/21/2013 | 9:32:38 PM
re: Adobe Kills Boxed Version Of Creative Suite
They just lost my business...I want to buy something one time and be done with it not have to pay 50 dollars a month...so i could buy something for a thousand or so bucks and have it for life or pay 50 dollars a month...i will not do that. If it was strictly a download it wouldnt be bad but a subscription is a terrible move
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5/10/2013 | 1:11:48 PM
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1) all helped make Adobe's practice of selling software in boxes with the size and weight of a six-pack of beer something of an anachronism.
2) One reason Adobe has moved to a cloud-based model so quickly, Morris said, was that the company's engineers found it challenging to maintain two different code bases, one for traditional Creative Suite users and one for Creative Cloud users.
They will be made available as downloadable, installable software that runs on a local computing device to Creative Cloud members with an appropriate subscription.
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I agree with others that have posted, this article sounds more like an Adobe ad than a true news article, since you have totally ignored the user side of this question. As examples the 2 experts included above.
1) Just because you don't want to sell boxed sets doesn't mean you have to go to a subscription service, lots of software is purchasable but only as a download.
2) How does having a downloadable desktop version save the engineers from having to maintain 2 code bases more than creating a boxed set does??????????

These are questions that a real reporter would ask before writing an article and if they didn't get good answers then they would say so in the article.
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majenkins,
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5/10/2013 | 1:01:57 PM
re: Adobe Kills Boxed Version Of Creative Suite
Curious as to why since CS6 is still available. Seems to me you might want to get on the last non-subscription version before they stop selling it.
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5/9/2013 | 12:04:25 PM
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Paying monthly for usage is one thing, but if you use it professionally how do you do your work if you encounter an outage as just happened with CenturyLink? No Internet means no cloud even if the end-user and the provider are up and running. Also, with the big push to the cloud Internet traffic will rise tremendously which undoubtedly will cause ISPs to switch to metered services. Do you really want to think twice as to how much it costs to do something? Plus all the potential issues with data security, which may or may not be better compared to an on premise solution.
The cloud is great for unpredictable workloads that can quickly grow and then drop down, for anything that amounts to steady work there is not much benefit and maybe only cost. In any case, cloud services inherit the volatility of networks and once you start using cloud services on a regular basis you will be amazed as to how often they are not available, even if it is just for a few seconds.
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5/7/2013 | 10:52:02 PM
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Wow, so Adobe now charges $600 per year just to use Photoshop and Illustrator.
I'm sure their customers demanded that change...
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5/7/2013 | 6:03:46 PM
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Talking about alternatives, don't forget Corel.
They have a wonderful vector editing tool: the legendary CorelDRAW!
Corel PhotoPaint is a powerful, feature-rich bitmap editor, a complete alternative to Photoshop.
Corel Painter is absolutely amazing painting software.
And many goodies come with the bundle: hundreds of free fonts, clipart, photos, Font manager, and more.
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5/7/2013 | 5:34:46 PM
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Again , another company tries to squeeze more money out of it's user base. But this time they do go way too far. Those of us who used their software will keep their boxed sets as long as they can. It will probably force the hand of GIMP and other wares to get up to date with the needs of the users and reallt hack at a replacement for CS.

Hopefully this will be the shot in the arm OSS needs to get truly on the bandwagon of creating an anternative to a software that is too costly to start with and for which the majority of potential users cannot justify the cost . Shame that Adobe is shooting itself in the foot , again.

Ric
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TyroneJ,
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5/7/2013 | 4:17:14 PM
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CS already checks back to Adobe for license & machine verification every time you start. So the constant "big brother" aspect of Adobe holding their customers in contempt has been in place for years. With boxed sets, customers often skip an upgrade cycle and so save money. The real impetus for Adobe for this move to subscription only is to squeeze more money out of their customers for effectively the same service. At my company, we have a large number of CS licenses. We've decided we will not switch to the subscription model, but instead we have put together a team to evaluate replacement products, The number one criteria for a replacement is that it NOT be subscription based.
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5/7/2013 | 3:42:16 PM
re: Adobe Kills Boxed Version Of Creative Suite
So now Adobe wants to update my bank balance as well as my laptop on a monthly basis?
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5/7/2013 | 3:40:20 PM
re: Adobe Kills Boxed Version Of Creative Suite
It is surprising that this article does not make any attempt to cover the customer objections to this extortion. Just go look at any forums, and you are going to find a lot of people unhappy about the Borg-like maneuver, who have not accepted that resistance is futile.

The article dutifully reports Adobe's sunny spin on this. But this move is hardly in response to "customer demand." http://timelapse.org/2013/05/a...

In the biography "Titan", the author repeated noted how the actions of Rockefeller probably helped to drive innovation in the oil business, as well as improvements transportation, finance, public safety, and so on. Furthermore, it kept prices lower than they otherwise might've been, at least temporarily, because of Rockefellers desire to bankrupt the competition. But the problem with a monopoly like this is that it only was beneficial to Rockefeller and his shareholders. It would squeeze his suppliers, and stifle -- even eliminate (assassinate?) competition.

I'm trying to see how this Adobe monopoly is any different? Adobe has done a good job of creating innovative, leading-edge products. They have been rewarded with a substantial market share. They have now reached a critical mass where they no longer need to be responsive to customer needs... and can subsequently attempt to dictate.

It is going to be difficult for many people switch because there might not be any other game in town... Adobe has created a monopoly.

And this anti-competitive action is going to generate massive amounts of cash, which is only going to fuel and cement their position.

I sure hope the FTC is watching this.
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