From time to time, as a designer and artist, I need access to Adobe Photoshop. I purchased a copy of the CS 6 Production suite of apps a long time ago. And a few weeks ago, when I upgraded to the beta of Apple’s new OS, Catalina, the old version of Photoshop up and quit running. The little app icon in the dock is toast.
And thus begins my struggle with the pricing model of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Even as a student, Adobe would like me to pay $19.95 per month.
And don’t think they are going to give me a free trial without strings.
They want their CC# just to give you the 7-days. And, like that…
And I’m not all that happy about it.
But I’ve got a few book covers I need to update in PSD and INDD.
So, how will this end? Will I kill my trial subscription before the first BILL? YES. Will I use a cleaner to remove all traces of the app and the installers? Yes. And will I do the same fun judo move next time I need to update a cover? Well, I hope I can find another way, but I’m not all that optimistic.
The non-student version is over $50 per month. Yes, I understand, this is the ENTIRE Creative Suite, but I need exactly 2 apps.
I’m not all that happy that you purchased Macromedia and killed the legitimate competition for design, photography, and layout. I’m even less happy that you’ve adopted a “cloud only” approach to pricing and managing your apps. For comparison, Microsoft Office for the Mac cost me $150 for a full-downloaded-license.
I am no longer a fan, Adobe. And I’m sure you will do just fine without me.
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