A Final (For Now) Photoshop CC Comment

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I really thought we were done with the whole Adobe Photoshop CC subscription debate. Those of us who had decided not to sign up were content with what we had or were looking around for non-Photoshop options. But the idea of Adobe making us a new, different offer had pretty much gone the way of the Titanic (mainly because Adobe told us that was their last, best offer). And now we have this new $10-a-month package to consider. We have weighed the pro’s and the con’s in a couple of other posts here, so we won’t go over all of them in detail again. Today I just want to refer youo to a couple of men I respect for their experience and candor. Give their comments due consideration and then make up your mind on what you want (or need) to do for your particular situation.

Most of you probably have read Scott Kelby’s take on the matter when he first posted it recently on his website (if not, click here to do so now). Now, Scott is vitally interested in things Photoshop (it accounts for a great deal of his success and his income). He sits on a board for Adobe that advises them on things Photoshop. Scott does receive inside information, or at least information way before the rest us do. But that should not be seen as a conflict or a negative in this instance because Scott is a a good Christian, a man who lives his faith and is not going to intentionally mislead any of us. If he knows something that he cannot share we are not going to hear it from him. If he cannot comment on something until a certain time we will not hear about it until then. He may talk up the good parts of Adobe (especially Photoshop) without dwelling overly-long on its weaknesses. But I believe he never will intentionally mislead any of us or tell us untruths. He just is not that kind of person.

So when Scott emphasizes that Adobe is not going to change their business model and go back to selling programs (as opposed to the subscription system) that is the truth as relayed to him by Adobe. We are going to have to accept that fact. When he states that we probably can expect the new $10 fee for Photoshop CC and Lightroom to be in effect for a long time to come, we can rely on that being true as relayed to him personally by Adobe. Then you can take into account all the feelings you have about Adobe in general, the need for the programs in your workflow, the contract issue, and all those other concerns in terms of how you make a decision prior to the end of the year. But I think those are two big questions that Scott has put to bed: the chances of Adobe backing down and selling us the program as in the old days and whether or not we are being lured in by the $10 offer only to have it explode in our faces soon afterward. I appreciate his comments and his insight.

Then Thom Hogan over at byThom is back from a short hiatus with his take on the new offer. Thom doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and he can be tough on the big boys. If you have yet to read his comments, they are worth your time (click here for a link). He is more of a do-the-math guy on this issue, not overly complimentary toward Adobe but also not willing to throw out the baby with the bathwater. His take is that he actually may save some money on those products with this new offer and that he does still like Photoshop. So he is inclined to sign up, to let Adobe’s business model take its course as long as it has some benefits for him.

Thom makes a lot of the comments that I did a while back. His logic is what I am hearing from lots of photographers who are less than happy with Adobe, but who still are fans of Photoshop. I believe Thom’s arguments, laced as they are with unhappiness for Adobe, are representative of where so many of us are going to end up (finally). So, two more takes on the subscription offer from two experienced and well-respected photographers. I don’t think there is much more to say on this issue unless some really unexpected and unforeseen bomb is dropped by Adobe. So, read the articles and make up your own mind on what works for you. For what it’s worth, I probably am going to bite the proverbial bullet and sign up sometime near the end of the year. It will work for me, and I am wed to Photoshop for my processing needs. Lightroom has become my go-to program for organizing and for a bunch of processing. And with a bit of self-discipline I can even find a way to cover the $10 each month.

Let me know what you decide when you make that final decision. It will be an interesting end-of-the-year.

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  1. I’m sure Scott is saying what he believes to be true, but Adobe has issued several versions of the truth as of late.

    First we were told that the only upgrade (pricing) path to CS6 was via CS5, owners of previous versions need not apply. This resulted in notices such as this: “Hurry, upgrade and save! Adobe upgrade pricing only available to CS3 & CS4 owners until Dec 31st, 2012.”

    But wait, we didn’t mean it.

    After the pitchforks and torches came out, that “one version back” policy was rescinded and the old terms were restored. But how many people jumped in and bought CS5 because of this false start by Adobe?

    Next came the cloud and a limited time entry fee of $19.95 per month for a single app or $29.95 for the suite. This was billed as introductory pricing: “Offer is valid until December 3, 2013, and can be changed without notice.”

    No kidding. After some number of customers ran with that hook in their mouths (or ran out and bought CS6), Adobe then unleashed the current $9.95 gambit. This is probably the final, best offer, but who knows? And is there a new EULA to go along with the new offer, or are we still being asked to pledge allegiance to some dark lord of the imaging universe?

    I’ve evaluated my needs and this model, in any form, does not serve them. Adobe’s machinations will have no impact on me going forward, so I honestly don’t care what they do from here on out. For those who are opting in, I sincerely hope that it all works out for you in the best possible way.

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