When Adobe’s new subscription service model for CS6 was first announced, I didn’t like it very much.
“I want to own the software,” I thought.
I’ve thought more about it and have completely reconsidered.
Here’s why Adobe’s new Creative Cloud subscription service is awesome:
1. Cash Flow
Let’s face it, the Adobe’s Master Suite will cost you an arm and a leg. $2,600 is a hunk of change, especially for a small to mid-sized church or freelancer. That’s nothing to take lightly. The Creative Cloud subscription will cost $49.99 per month. It would take over four years at that subscription rate to reach that $2,600 mark. If you consider that Adobe releases updates about every 18 months, you’ll only spend $900. A fraction of the cost.
2. Ownership Isn’t Forever
“But I want to own it,” seemed like an argument, but it really isn’t. Software ownership is relative. Eventually, you’re computer hardware will outpace your software and you won’t be able to install it. Moreover, if you’re serious about creating digital media, you don’t want outdated tools. If you can’t justify the monthly expense for Adobe’s tools, perhaps you should consider a toned down version. Instead of using Photoshop, for instance, try an app like Pixelmator, Acorn or others.
3. Creative Cloud Perks
Adobe’s Creative Cloud isn’t just about the subscription. There are some perks to it, as well:
- 3 qualifying Adobe touch apps.
- 20GB of cloud-based storage.
- 5 hosted sites through Business Catalyst.
- Typekit fonts for an unlimited number of sites.
After seeing the Creative Cloud fleshed-out, it looks like a really good option for just about anyone. There are hardly any drawbacks and the perks are awesome.
When I’m ready to make a jump to the newest suite of Adobe products, I’ll undoubtably be using Adobe’s Creative Cloud.
How about you?
If you’re using it now, how do you like it?