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Creative Suite 6 Forever?

Last month I asked what now seems like a prophetic question: Why Don't We All Love Adobe? My take was that Adobe had stopped listening to the concerns of its long-time customers. So when it recently announced that our future would be Creative Cloud-only, I wasn't surprised that more than a few customers responded with a blunt, "No thanks." Typical are the comments on NAPP president Scott Kelby's blog — hell hath no fury like a Photoshop user scorned. Then there's this thread in the Adobe forums and in the comments to John Nack's blog here and here. And of course the Change.org petition asking Adobe to continue providing a perpetually licensed alternative.

Unless Adobe responds quickly and significantly to such customer concerns, Creative Suite 6 may well be the final iteration of Adobe products for more than a few users, who will make do with the 2012 release while exploring replacements. And Photoshop CS6 might well go on to become one of the most pirated applications of all time. Adobe has been making noises in the last few days that it will provide some kind of solution for photographers and also resolve the issue of not being able to access files once a subscription ends. Which will help. But it may be too little, too late, for more than a few loyal Adobe customers.

My take on Creative Cloud has always been that it was an innovative offering that made sense for those using a lot of its apps and services, and were hungry for constant feature updates. But I've never seen it as a one-size-fits-all, subscribe or get lost, proposition. So I was as taken aback as anyone on Monday when the fatal announcement was made, with my concerns laid out clearly in a Creative Cloud Chronicles column last week. Will Adobe be able to turn things around and regain the trust of their disgruntled customers? And, more importantly, do they even want to? I honestly have no idea.

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kevin9794's picture
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Theres is also a petition to the white house to try to change this. It may have a bit more teeth than the Change.org one.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/ask-doj-investigate-adobe-systems-inc-recent-announcement-change-its-software-license-subscription/TfWzqjHQ

JasonPau's picture
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I'm not sure petitioning the White House will help anything. (At least I don't see President Obama issuing an executive order forcing Adobe to continue with CS.)

I wonder how long it will be before I cave and start using CC. I have the CS6 Master collection, so I should be able to hold out for another couple years.

Colinz's picture
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I am having trouble understanding why there is so much discontent over this. For a modest monthly subscription CC gives me access to most of their products, with updates and without that bi-yearly mega upgrade charge.
Perhaps it's that c word - 'change' that is the biggest hurdle.

YoungZM's picture
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None of us are going to convince you to cancel your subscription, if that's what you're implying. CC works for some, and others not. Factors other than just price are what have always kept a vast amount of users from upgrading versions.

qwertyale's picture
2048 pencils

If some crazy dictator define the way you acquire things and say "none will buy things and be the owner forever, you just will pay a rent". In my conception it is slavery, someone will not agree because they think as slave yet.

yes I'm brazilian xD

qwertyale's picture
2048 pencils

yes I'm brazilian xD

spleenal's picture
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I've stopped using Photoshop. The only reason being price. I colour comics. Photoshop does so much I'd be paying for something that I only use 10 percent of. It does some wonderful stuff. But is there anyone that has to use the whole program?

Art D. Rector's picture
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What are you using? Just curious.

spleenal's picture
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Pixelmator. I work for print so the lack of a CMYK profile was a worry but they have a "soft proof" you can work in which shows you what it would look like printed, and CMYK sliders. It paid for it's self 10 times over on the first job I did with it.

Art D. Rector's picture
3166 pencils

It works in CMYK - but it has no color profile? I can live with that. I mostly create for print as well - so if you're making due with it - I probably can too.

Let's see... page layout... Quark.

Photo work... Pixelmaker...

I can get by with an old version of Illustrator.

The only thing left is to write my Dear John letter to Adobe. :-)

Thanks man!

qwertyale's picture
2048 pencils

Agree with you. The more Adobe create "angry creatives" the more people will move to other platforms, the more programmers will be encouraged to create something blockbuster. Adobe lose Flash sympathy from apple community and will lose the sympathy of windows users. It's so delightful.

yes I'm brazilian xD

steveballmer's picture
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Some freak'n apple-fanboy Nazi has been deleting my post, and you clowns have the NERVE to complain about Adobe?
LOL

http://stevefakeballmer.wordpress.com
I am not Steve Ballmer pretending not to be me!

Art D. Rector's picture
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I had some posts deleted too, Steve. Censorship is always a bad omen for BBSs.

qwertyale's picture
2048 pencils

Everybody is not Admin. Admin or Adobe can cut permissions can create the way you exist inside their system. Your WINDOWS SERBER (not server) is something like The Truman Show city. You will exist while they want or while what you do is interesting for their business.

yes I'm brazilian xD

riskart's picture
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UG! This makes me so mad I could spit.

Julie

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