Photato: I think Adobe has been reasonable in the way they have been phasing out CS6. In fact I didn't expect them issuing ACR updates this far.Not handling native Raw files for future cameras seems to me like a no issue compared with all the capabilities CS6 already has.Adobe is still leaving a passage for futures Raw processing with the DNG Converter for those sticking with CS6.Don't hate on DNG. Adobe did an excellent job with Lossy DNG to the point I wish my camera came with that capability.I hope they come up with alternatives business models since the subscription service doesn't workout for me and others.Maybe Windows 10 App store could help with that.The late Steve Jobs favored a model of low prices and high volume with the App Store, it looks like he was right.
You'll note CaptureOne is not for sale on the Apple "app" store.
CameraLabTester: Every serious brand new camera has a RAW converter for FREE in the bundled software.
It's time to dust off those camera's software CD's and give it a try.
If you don't want to be a monetary zombie, there are other ways around it...
Elements has a much more limited Camera Raw than PhotoShop or LightRoom.
Unless Silkypix, the camera maker supplied one, was updated with the release of 6, it's a piece of crap. (Fuji did manage to tweak it for low ISOs and some of the Xtrans ones.)
ViewNX has horrible image quality. ACR is much better, as are others.
With the exception of very old X3F files and the Mac only Iridient, SPP is the only choice.
Mister Roboto: Who cares? Just give us a damn cheap 1TB SSD or 2x64GB Memory =D
And that doesn't work if you want to preserve the drive plus other data on it.
riveredger: Intuitively, I suspect anyone who thinks $10/month is outrageous is using a pirated copy of it now, or doesn't own it all.
Doesn't work like that.
Once you buy CS6 it doesn't DIE if you stop paying.
And Nikon used to charge for the good stuff. (I've never been particularly impressed by Capture NX-D.)
The Silkypix one pays for got a lot better with version 6. Same stupid interface though.
Most of that software sucks.
Example Panasonic is infamous for using Silkypix.
I note that DNG converter 9.1.1 will not convert high resolution Pentax K3II PEFs to DNG.
Jay A: Isn't CS6 still available in many retail outlets for purchase? I think that if it is, it kind've stinks that Adobe is doing this. While I can understand the push for the cloud, they really should wait till CS6 products have been off the retail shelves for a decent amount of time before allowing customers to spend a few hundred dollars on a product only to tell them that the camera they may buy in 6 months won't be supported. It's almost like buying a car and a week later telling the customer "oh by the way, there won't be any batteries made for that car anymore."
And for years, as long as the hardware works, PhotoShop CS6 will open RAWs for hundred and hundreds of digital cameras released thru mid 2015.
backayonder: Oh well on a positive note think of all the trees and minerals and that shiny ingredient that makes DVD's er shine being saved due to Adobe not making a physical product.
Any Green Environmentalists opposed to the CC model must be very traumatised.
Hey, I happened to purchase PhotoShop CS5 as an optical disc.
But I'm sure I could have bought it as a download too; it came with a significant discount if purchased in the box from Amazon.
It's annoying yes.
But I'd bet most copies of CS6 were sold as downloads. Mine was.
Anyhow, if you buy CS6 today, you still get a copy of PhotoShop that will work for years. PhotoShop is not the same as ACR.
PhotoShop CS6 will be far from useless for years.
DVDs? You do understand that applications can be purchased and downloaded?
Except for the "purchase" part that's how CC works.
I never had a DVD of PhotoShop CS6, but I sure have the program.
So get a clue.
Bernard Carns: Hmmm...Wonder if this technology can be used in CFAST cards.....they need something to bring their price down.
Intel has a big presence in SSDs, what happened there?
Yep, that works.
But as you say "assuming..".
backayonder: $9.95 AUD a month for Lightroom and Photoshop less than two mugs of flat white.Seems a bargain to me. My shelf is littered with worthless copies of Lightroom 1 to 5 and CS versions too.
Windows 7 will be an option for new purchases for some time.
Also since forever MS has been better about backward compatibility than Apple. It's a big reason that Microsoft did so well in the 1990s.
And any so called service pack for Win 7 is very unlikely to disable CS6.
AbrasiveReducer: I suspect the cloud will eventually be incorporated into our lives like cell phones or cable TV. Everyone will have it, it will work everywhere and it will be like electricity or tap water.
The problem is, Adobe needs the money now, and it's obviously not de-bugged yet.
Cable TV is the cloud.
Smartphones work as plenty powerful computers sans any thing cloud.
MDRCHINA: Please note that a mainland PRC firm has put in a bid to buy Micron. Such a deal should never be allowed to happen.
The deal won't likely be allowed. Unless something is about to replace Micron.
And Micron has an obvious connection to Boise National Labs.
The price will come down, just like it has for every other flash storage device. Well except the Sony owned XQD.
Pritzl: I'm still looking for the catch. Otherwise, this could be quite the game-changer.
It will have firmware that runs the hardware, but it will be subscription only firmware and every few months you'll have to pay to keep the hardware running.
And then every year you'll have to upload all the contents to the "cloud".