Photoshop upgrade no longer possible

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Larrycf
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Photoshop upgrade no longer possible
Mar 29, 2013

I think it's sad (and greedy) that Adobe no longer offers upgrade pricing on Photoshop and other Creative Suite software. They want to force everyone to the cloud and pay endlessly for a subscription. Unfortunately some of us don't have deep pockets to do this so, reluctantly, I will be looking for alternative software. Too bad. I think Adobe will lose a lot of customers from this move.

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Larrycf wrote:

I think it's sad (and greedy) that Adobe no longer offers upgrade pricing on Photoshop and other Creative Suite software. They want to force everyone to the cloud and pay endlessly for a subscription. Unfortunately some of us don't have deep pockets to do this so, reluctantly, I will be looking for alternative software. Too bad. I think Adobe will lose a lot of customers from this move.

It looks like Microsoft is taking this tac as well. I see that you can buy the office suite two ways, either with a 1 year license or outright. The EDA Tool market has been this way for years with some of those tools costing multiple 10's of thousands per year per user.  I am afraid that this may be a trend. It is tough to get people to keep buying a mature tool like Photoshop after all, it has been more than most people need for quite a few years.

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Larrycf wrote:

Unfortunately some of us don't have deep pockets to do this so, reluctantly, I will be looking for alternative software. Too bad. I think Adobe will lose a lot of customers from this move.

Or they are pushing people to cheaper products that do most of what they want:  Lightroom.

Adobe slashed the price when v4 came out from $300 to just $150 for the full version and the upgrade version from $99 to $69 (or was it $79).  Lightroom does all I want and the little else I do Photoshop Elements 5 does nicely for my needs.  $69 every 2 years for a  new version of Lightroom is cheap.  Go that route!

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Larrycf wrote:

I think it's sad (and greedy) that Adobe no longer offers upgrade pricing on Photoshop and other Creative Suite software. They want to force everyone to the cloud and pay endlessly for a subscription.

So that's it?  My CS6 is the last upgrade?  If that's the case, that'll be the farthest I go with them.  It's a greedy and bullyish move on their part.

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Larrycf wrote:

I think it's sad (and greedy) that Adobe no longer offers upgrade pricing on Photoshop and other Creative Suite software. They want to force everyone to the cloud and pay endlessly for a subscription. Unfortunately some of us don't have deep pockets to do this so, reluctantly, I will be looking for alternative software. Too bad. I think Adobe will lose a lot of customers from this move.

If you're on a Mac, try Pixelmator from the App store. It's a lot like Photoshop, but not very expensive.

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In reply to Larrycf, Mar 29, 2013

Larrycf wrote:

I think it's sad (and greedy) that Adobe no longer offers upgrade pricing on Photoshop and other Creative Suite software. They want to force everyone to the cloud and pay endlessly for a subscription. Unfortunately some of us don't have deep pockets to do this so, reluctantly, I will be looking for alternative software. Too bad. I think Adobe will lose a lot of customers from this move.

What can't you accomplish with CS6 that  is costing you money and/ or time doing without (that would have been in CS7) ?

I have not needed or made use of any new software abilities in at least a couple of years.

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Larrycf wrote:

I think it's sad (and greedy) that Adobe no longer offers upgrade pricing on Photoshop and other Creative Suite software.

Can you provide a link to the news? Thanks.

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I have only heard they are no longer selling packaged software. Are you sure you they are no longer selling licenses? adobe has sold licenses electronically for years

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You can buy an upgrade on the adobe site.

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Biggest reason? If I change cameras, Nikon does not make Adobe raw backwardly compatable with previous versions (with new cameras). I find it astounding that I pay top dollar for a product, then must upgrade if i want to get a new camera. And No, I don't use DNG. I use Lightroom because its cheaper and works great.

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DenWil wrote:  I have not needed or made use of any new software abilities in at least a couple of years.

Exactly.  I am still using PS v7 as it does all I need (I do have CS2 - also unused).  I worked with film for years and only need to use the equivalent of what I used in the conventional darkroom - of course, that does mean learning technique so the captured image itself is of inherent high quality.

I use the camera manufacturer's RAW software to obtain high quality JPEGs (Sigma and Kodak) so have no need of "adapted" RAW offerings in such as Photoshop - I do have Lightroom but find it is somewhat clumsy for my purposes - I can easily organise my image files and folders myself, using Windoze Explorer.  Far better, I reckon, so LR sits there, unloved and in reality - a wasted purchase.  

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In reply to Colin Franks, Mar 29, 2013

Actually you can no longer buy a CS6 upgrade...just the cloud version at (I think) $29.99 per month. Goodbye Photoshop!!

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Thanks. I've looked at it and GIMP. GIMP is open source and has a Mac version now.

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In reply to merops, Mar 29, 2013

Just go to Adobe's website and try to find an upgrade from Photoshop CS5.1 to CS6. It is no longer there. Only a cloud subscription.

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See my previous reply. Go to adobe's website and try to find and upgrade price to Photoshop CS6...Doesn't exist...only a cloud subscription price.

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Only to the cloud.

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sandy b wrote:

Biggest reason? If I change cameras, Nikon does not make Adobe raw backwardly compatable with previous versions (with new cameras). I find it astounding that I pay top dollar for a product, then must upgrade if i want to get a new camera. And No, I don't use DNG. I use Lightroom because its cheaper and works great.

But DNG is always a possibility. The DNG Converter from Adobe (Mac, Windows) is free and presumably will stay that way. I agree it's a giant PIA, but for better or for worse this is the essence of capitalism- what's worth more to you? Your money, or your current workflow and time?

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In reply to Larrycf, Mar 29, 2013

There is a lot of miss information in this thread. You can certainly still buy the full, upgrade, or subscripiton to Photoshop CS6, but upgrade is only allowed from CS5. It was about a year ago I think when Adobe let everyone know that moving forward you would only be able to upgrade from one version previous to the current the version. At that time people were given the option to upgrade from earlier versions to CS5 and many elected not to, so now they are faced with going the subscription route or paying for the full CS6.

The following URL will take you to the Photoshop CS6 buying grade and show that an upgrade from CS5 to CS6 is available for $199 US. What confuses people is that their base Buy control is for the subscription, but if you click the Buy button you then have the option of selected a subcription, upgrade, or full product to purchase.

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/buying-guide-upgrades.html

I personally just upgraded from CS5 to CS6 a month or so ago for $199.

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In reply to Larrycf, Mar 29, 2013

Photoshop might be more capable in some aspects,  but for image editing, Gimp does all I ever found necessary to do.

I don't mind at all paying for application software, as long as I truly own something that I bought. I refuse to be "a subscriber", or to be forced to continuously pay for operational "upgrades" that bring no new functionality, or deal with brittle "protection/activation" mechanisms, or be unable to use the software I own on any number of computers I also own.

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AMEN! I couldn't agree with you more.

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