Not sure what my thoughts are on this yet - I normally prefer to pay for things in a lump sum (never take out instalment payment plans wherever possible) so having a monthly fee come out will take a bit of getting used to. However having access to ALL the products whenever I want sounds like a great option to have.
Not a fan of this. I only upgrade ever several versions or when I need to. Did not see the benefit in getting every new 'feature' they release. Also...
-Means we are renters, not owners. Have nothing to sell (if you ever want to).
- Automatically upgrading versions means you may also have to upgrade your hardware to make it compatible.
Looks like I'll have to get CS6 or add $360 a year and hope they don't increase the price too often. Fat chance of that the greedy pricks.
I'm actually a big fan of creative cloud. As a business owner it's nice to have a monthly, almost immaterial expense instead of having to part ways with thousands of dollars in a massive lump sum every time you want to upgrade or kit out a new workstation.
You also get just about *everything* adobe makes, which has really helped us expand the studio's skillset and makes the whole thing incredibly good value (for us at least).
i only upgrade when i have to, still on 4, suits me fine
there is the issue of when they upgrade you may have to upgrade other software and hardware, not just adobe, and i bet they are buying up other software companies right now
it is all about money and getting us locked in and then screwing us, just like quark did, people bailed out of quark not only because of the better software, but because adobe cost a fraction of a quark upgrade at that time
we need a competitor, but anyone lifting their head above the trench will get shot at or offered enormous amounts of money to go to the other side where their's will be locked away
todd - what happens when they quadruple the cost? it is all about full control
My understanding was that once you joined, you don't have to upgrade unless you want to. I thought you installed what you want, then that was it till you decide to upgrade - except for a monthly login to confirm validity.
Most of what I do is code now, so use Visual Studio, prefer it over Dreamweaver, and I've got CS3 for when I need photoshop etc. I guess I'll use them monthly in the future.