Thursday, 24 November 2011

Adobe Cloud and Photoshop CS6 upgrade from CS5 only!

Adobe are announcing that they are introduction a Cloud system for software, where by you can lease it monthly.  This also means that to upgrade to Photoshop CS6 you need to be on CS5 or CS5.5.  They are offering a 20% discount on CS5.5 for this month only, if you do not have it you will need to pay nearly the full cost for CS6.

The new system will offer more flexibility and enable you to use more software and a lower price based on your monthly hire cost.

Read further information on the links below

This is an interesting read below on the petapixel link with some very good arguments.  Essentially if you upgrade or buy something new you have to pay for it.  Just because software is not a physical product it doesn't mean there is no value placed on it.  The DVD box might only cost £3 to produce but the research and 9000 employees need paying for their time.

You would charge clients for  your time and you certainly wouldn't give out an image on CD or via email for free.  You had to buy your camera, software, training, studio, computer and spend a few hours converting your RAW file.

This is just a change not bad, not good but a change.  For some people this flexible approach will really suit them and you have always have a choice to purchase different software.

"We are excited to announce that membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud will be available in the first half of 2012 at a price of $49.99 per month for individuals and $69.99 per month per seat for workgroups, both for an annual plan.

Our move to this membership model allows us to keep our customers up to date with the latest Adobe innovations in our tools and related services. Creative Cloud will provide maximum flexibility, offer lower cost of entry, and add cutting-edge innovation on an on-going basis to keep our customers ahead of the changing technology and device landscape.

For customers who prefer to remain on the current licensing model, we will continue to offer our individual point products and Adobe Creative Suite editions as perpetual licenses. With regards to upgrades, we are changing our policy for perpetual license customers. In order to qualify for upgrade pricing when CS6 releases, customers will need to be on the latest version of our software (either CS5 or CS5.5 editions). If our customers are not yet on those versions, we’re offering a 20% discount through December 31, 2011 which will qualify them for upgrade pricing when we release CS6."

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