Poweruser: Everyone... DO NOT BUY the subscription. Keep using your stand alone version. This is the only way we can teach Adobe how WE - the users - WANT our software.
Asking for a monthly fee for the rest of your photographic life is a straight pain in the rear!
Adobe isn't "forcing" its customers to do anything. You either continue to be their customer or you don't. You can also continue to use whatever product you may have already purchased from them, that license isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
I'm tired of reading the idiotic outrage over this. People get so angry over things that shouldn't matter in life. Talk about first-world problems.
Crazy internet person: "I HATE Adobe, they can rot in hell."Me: "Oh well, it's their business, they can do what they want."
I don't understand this logic. You want the customer to decide with their wallet...as long as their decision agrees with yours.
My advice: if you don't like the subscription, don't pay for it. If you don't mind it or like it, then pay for it. The market will decide.
Just ran through the app on my Surface Pro. Not a bad little app but not aimed towards the dpreview crowd whatsoever. It's very simple, options are few but it works for what it is.
Looks great for editing a quick Facebook pic for upload, that's the only reason I'd use it.
dannyboy5400: I hear some people are upgrading while they can. Why are people rewarding Adobe for this Rental treachery? They are not getting any more of my money.
I don't feel that people are rewarding Adobe by upgrading. They are merely taking advantage of the current pricing structure while they can. Nothing wrong with that. Most people can see that their copy of Photoshop will last for years to come. Why rent when you can go ahead with a single purchase and be set?
For people who want to continue to use Adobe products, upgrading now is very smart.
I feel this move is out of desperation, Adobe has realized that users aren't upgrading as fast as they used to, if at all. They have reached a point where they are running out of stuff to add/upgrade to make the price attractive enough...earlier versions work perfectly fine and most users aren't missing anything by staying behind.
Due to this, Adobe has to try to maximize services to keep up revenue. This is exactly what is happening with Microsoft and their Office suite. Office 2013 will be the last "numbered" version we'll see, they will be 100% subscription going forward once 2013 is removed from stores.
The ultimate end result here is you either accept the new service as-is, you try to find a suitable, affordable alternative, or you ultimately decide you can't live without Adobe's products and suck it up. For all those getting very upset at this, your current version of Photoshop will still work for years to come, I doubt you'll be missing out on much going forward.
Tom Mounsey: No Support for Windows XP means goodbye Adobe for me. I'm sick of being mugged by companies like Adobe and Microsoft milking us every 18 months to stay on their merry-go-rounds.
Those like Tom who are sticking by XP are only harming themselves. XP was a great OS for its time, but it's vastly outdated and insecure for today's internet. The computing world changes very fast and OS updates aren't only to make the rich richer, it's also to redesign for usability and most importantly, security.
If you'd like to continue to look at it as only money, then feel free. You say you have a perfectly good PC but you honestly don't. Programs are capable of much more and need the security and features of a new OS as well as the hardware to run on. It's like you have a canoe but want to host a party for 20 on the lake. If you want to party, you need to buy a bigger boat.