Photoshop upgrade no longer possible

Started Mar 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
Greenville
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Re: Yes...... but
In reply to Marty4650, Mar 31, 2013

Marty4650 wrote:

I realize that upgrades are still available. But Adobe has chosen to bury this option and promote subscription service instead.

By requiring a MUCH higher upgrade price for being "more than one generation behind" (and this means ONE YEAR behind, since they update Photoshop annually now), Adobe is actively trying to promote their subscription service.

Imagine if you couldn't buy a 2013 car at a reasonable price unless you traded in the 2012 version of the same car! If you wanted to trade in your 2011 model, then the new car would cost twice as much!

In a very competitive market, severely penalizing customers for skipping an upgrade comes with a risk.

I personally don't think it is a competitive market for high end fully featured photo editing tools. Photoshop pretty much has a monopoly on the market.

I have tried many of the other options, Corel, Serif, Gimp and I did not find any of them to my personally liking. I used Elements for years until I got a pretty substantial discount for CS5.

The major monopolies in software have pretty much made the market dull. Adobe's only pressure to  keep improving Photoshop is upgrade revenue. They don't feel competitive pressure to improve their product. Personally the only thing that will make this change will be a true competitor to come along and I don't see that happening anytime soon.

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