Has anyone checked out the new offering from Adobe? for $63 per month ($756 per year) you get access to all the creative suite apps and a bunch of those online (typekit, business catalyst, cloud storage and some other things).
For users with cs3 or higher they're offering an introductory price of $38 per month ($456 for the year) for the first year.
I currently have production premium, to upgrade to cs6 is $626, so the creative cloud doesn't look like a bad deal considering you get the extra apps and I could consolidate my typekit account and stuff.
I'd be interested to hear other peoples thoughts on this though. I'd imagine a lot of people don't like the idea of being locked into some sort of subscription.
I guess for those working in web and print design the need to constantly update probably isn't a priority.
Most of my work is video and animation so the updates to after effects and premiere are pretty handy.
Seems a lot of it comes down to price and peoples perceived value of the products. To me it seems like a good deal.
A bit unrelated but this year Autodesk reduced the price of it's all-round compositing program Smoke from $15,000 to $4000, despite there being no changes to the program. They're just trying to bring it into the mainstream. Is it a good deal? Again comes down to individual perception.
Like what Jems says, I could imagine Adobe would like to push everyone to the cloud for better management / piracy control.
Dave, older versions are good until you hit the "cant open" a file because it is one version newer then what you have. I would think with all the technology that Adobe has they could/would have the ability to be more user friendly when it comes to other customers who have bought their software.
My upgraded history goes CS1 > CS3 > CS6. From what I understand is that now if you miss an upgrade path you have to start from scratch in regards to buying the product in full which makes the cloud option more viable.
I'd like to know if the DPS will be included in the cloud price or in the packages? Or will I once again have to pay more, don't really want to get stuck with buying a package and then DPS comes only with Cloud subscribers, as Dave points out if it works, then it's working.
Yeah apparently that is the case. I'm not really in favour of any kind of monopoly but the simple fact is that without Adobe software I would still be working in non-design-related drudge rather than the impossibly glamorous world I float about in now like some kind of rainbow fairy. So my income is in a large part down to their skills and frankly I feel I kind of owe them. And if I'm not making enough money to pay $600 a year (tax benefit) then I should probably forget about design and go and get a proper job.
(full disclosure: Adobe did give me a bunch of software last year)