More about pricing and plans here: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html
YepDoes this mean the end of buying just one Adobe product by itself, as a one-time purchase? As in, if I want to move to the newest version of CS-- in anther year or so, I won't be able to purchase a downloadable version of it? I will have to pay for the monthly/yearly plan?
Yes. Just verified. Also posted this in the thread in the Adobe Products sub-forum: http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2013/05/lightroom-and-the-creative-cloud.htmlDoug,
I believe at the present time Lightroom is not part of Creative Cloud. So I think you can still do the "only Photoshop" and Lightroom. Personally I use Aperture and prefer it over Lightroom (when I compared them awhile ago). However, I have pretty much left Photoshop behind once I saw they were starting to move towards this cloud platform. I now mainly use OnOne Software Suite instead of Photoshop for things I can't do in Aperture. Depending on what you do in Photoshop vs. Lightroom there may be other choices for a Photoshop replacement.
I suspect there are quite a few folks like me whose uses for Photoshop involve things for which Photoshop is the best tool or, in some increasingly small number of cases, the only tool. Most of my work on photos that come from my cameras is done in Lightroom. However, for serious retouching and for repair of old photos, Photoshop remains the one essential tool for me.This is most likely more of a problem for small business and home users, as opposed to ad agencies and large universities. The good news is alternatives are already available, at way lower prices.
If you need layers for creative compositing, a number of apps support that. And shapes, plug-ins, etc. There are other apps for illustration, page design, web development, etc.
We will live. Adobe may not!
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat... that's exactly the DS (Design Standard) suite. Which cost about $500 (from the top of my head) to upgrade once every 18 months. And now Adobe charges $600 per year for that. Sure, you get a lot more software, for which most designers have little use. This would be Nikon deciding to offer D4's only, for $125 per month for a three year minimum.My wife is a graphic artist, and signed up for the CC. She regularly uses Photoshop, Ilustrator, In Design, Acrobat, etc...... and yes, Lightroom is part of the package. I was glad to see that it was there, even though I haven't learned to use it yet.
For the record, I do not have a problem with the IDEA of paying for software on a subscription basis (you could make an argument that we are very close to doing that anyway.... read your license agreement). My issue is with the much higher cost for the non-business, non-professional user.Looks like I'll be sticking with CS5 and LR4 for as long as they run on my PC. Count me is one of those who won't pay a monthly fee to use software....