ABM Barry: I don't think the Adobians will ever wake up to the fact that most of us would prefer to own our software.
I expect that they will continue to push the Cloud business model simply because it is very cost effective for them and they can change the rules at any time, as they do!
I predict that in the mean time, the competitors will eventually catch up and offer their wares at a market acceptance price point.
Like the Hunt Brothers and all other greedy companies that seek to monopolize a market, history tells us it's their very undoing.
The very reason that most of us use PS is the fact we know the program quite well and we are reluctant to change, .. True?
Adobe are by their actions are forcing lots of us to look elsewhere for our editing solutions.
When we find a good alternative, ... learn the key-strokes and workflow, we get the results we expected, guess what?, .. we stop thinking about Adobe.
Once freed of our Chains we wont want to return to prison.
Barry M Australia
Lighten up Francis....
This not a Patrick Henry moment.....
pumeco: Every time I see people whining about Adobe pricing they remind me of me before I wised-up and decided to ignore the greed altogether. I switched from a Windows/Corel setup to a Linux/RawTherapee/GIMP setup and have no reason to look back - none whatsoever.
Not only do I have a free setup, I also have an operating system that doesn't invade my privacy, I'm in control over what it does.
The only reason Adobe are the industry standard is because purchasers of their products put them there - they keep 'feeding' them. The alternatives are often more powerful and in a lot of cases (such as the setup specified above) free!
Spend your money on your wife, your kids, yourself even. Leave Adobe to their own devices and with a bit of luck they'll fold without you even knowing about it. If everyone used the GIMP and RawTherapee, those would eventually become the industry standard and Adobe would be no more.
It's simple really: stop whining, stop feeding them, and make that free switch!
If you use it to make money as a pro, it's drop in the bucket. If you are not a pro and it will make or break spending money on your wife and kids...give up the hobby all together.
Call the wambulance....
the program doesn't reside in the cloud it resides on your computer. I just signed up under teacher/student (legitimate) for $19.99/month and it's every adobe program under the sun. I have CS6 and LR4 on my machine and have added my plugins and actions. I probably won't use the cloud space for files.
You also get 2 computers mac or windows. Now I can install the mac version on my daughter's macbook, which before I couldn't do with stand alone CS5.
I can see the pitchforks and torches for adobe and agree with folks, vote with your feet.