QSMcDraw

QSMcDraw

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BrianCanuck: "Adobe's announcement of a definitive move to the Cloud is proving to be very controversial, and somewhat misunderstood" - quote from one of my favorite websites.
I feel like a child in classroom being talked down to by the people that I respected, bought their Adobe based instructional materials, and attended their programs over the last 11 years. They are on the inside of Adobe.... maybe the window is a little fogged to the outside world.
I do not see any misunderstanding - the message is very clear.

A child? Ha. More like the proletariat in a crushingly tyrannical authoritarian society, being fed the latest propaganda about war is peace, freedom is slavery, etc, etc. Thanks, Mr. Orwell!

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 17:19 UTC
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piratejabez: I don't really get it... Doing the math, the subscription is cheaper than buying the software license outright, especially for what you get. It takes a couple years at least of monthly subscription to reach the traditional price, which is about the time many users may want to upgrade anyway. Plus you get access to every piece of Adobe software available, so you can play with apps you may not have had access to before. And if you only need one app like Photoshop or Lightroom, the price is even more affordable. Yes, I do worry about future price increases, but for now I think there's way to much fuss.

Only cheaper if you make the mistake of using the promotional introductory price as the true, ongoing cost. Like cable companies or others that give a teaser rate, then kick in the 2x regular rate.

With my own copy on my machine, I can keep or drop internet service, I can delay upgrades a year, I can stop using the product for months while not paying...

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 17:16 UTC
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AngryCorgi: This reminds me of when I bought my first condo. At the time, the condo fees were $325/month, which was high for the area, but I got a great deal on the unit. I thought, well, I'm ok with the combo of my mortgage and condo fee. I said, "hey, they are the highest around, I'm sure they take great care of the facility for that and its unlikely to go up too much". Fast forward 6 years. The condo fee has balloned to $555/month AND I had to pay a "special fee" of $1085 to upgrade the elevators that were not part of the condo fee! But I'm married to the condo fee with my ownership, nothing I can do. I'm stuck. So I sold the place right before the housing market took a nose dive.

This is how I see this "subscription" arrangement. You always have to pay and there is no incentive to provide an improving product. If they raise the price, you still have to pay. All your work is saved in PSD files!

I promised myself I'd never again own a condo and the same goes for Adobe's sub scheme.

Wow, have you nailed one of the key dangers for consumers. Excellent!

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 17:12 UTC
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Clint Dunn: The funniest thing about the litany of complaints here is that the majority of you don't pay for the SW...you use pirated copies. Go ahead...tell me I'm wrong:) For every Pro out there with a legit copy of PS is a 'Pro' doing $500 weddings on weekends with $2000 of SW they got off a torrent site.

Hi, Teila. Do you have a source for your "100x"?

And do your really doubt that the brilliant hackers in China will find a way to crack the monthly re-activation?

This is not about piracy--its about highway robbery--by Adobe!

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 02:35 UTC
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QSMcDraw: Adobe knows customers hate this. How do I know? Because Adobe won't give us a choice.

They could still get rid of boxes and disks and sell downloads to those of us who want to pay the full price up front, and they could charge monthly for those who choose to go that route.

They know the math, and so do we, which is why we are being forced to pay by the month or have no way to re-edit, or in some cases even open, psd files that will become held hostage.

Some of the apologists here work for Adobe; some just like to play devil's advocate. Some, sadly, are the same sort who have apologized for tyrants and charlatans throughout history.

Those professional can get angry though, and start to deeply resent a company they helped build, and chafe at the bit for competition.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 02:30 UTC
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Clint Dunn: The funniest thing about the litany of complaints here is that the majority of you don't pay for the SW...you use pirated copies. Go ahead...tell me I'm wrong:) For every Pro out there with a legit copy of PS is a 'Pro' doing $500 weddings on weekends with $2000 of SW they got off a torrent site.

Clint, have you considered that it might be your circle of friends that is shaping your views? I know dozens of amateur and pro photographers with PS CSx, and not one of them has pirated the software. They are loyal customers, some who see PS as a luxury, as something a little too dear that they really wanted.

They won't buy into the subscription model that ends up doubling or tripling what they paid for a disk. Many will figure out how to keep running versions of Windows that can run whatever version of PS they currently own. And feeling happy and producing incredible images.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 02:27 UTC
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Falconest174: This is absurd. i want something I can put on my OWN hardware and configure to MY liking not some corporate wonks idea. As for the 'Cloud' idea, this has got to be the dumbest thing to come along it 30 years. What happens if you can't connect or the entire system goes down? SOL bub! All this online only stuff is dependent on the continuing availability of access and continuing increases in online speed. Do you really want to wait for a 6-25 MB file to upload and download (large files from high MP cameras) No thanx. Looks like Elements 10 is as high as I get w/Photoshop. I am sure thankful that I usually use ACDSee Pro 6 for most of my PP editing work.

Framer, you aren't contributing to the thread, you are simply insulting understandably angry Adobe customers. About 20 times today, it seems.

G'night, mate.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 02:23 UTC
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QSMcDraw: It took JC Penney about six months to figure out what an idiot their CEO was, another two months to send him packing.

Hope Adobe figures things out even faster.

"The bill for J.C. Penney Co.'s first year under Chief Executive Ron Johnson is in, and it's about $4.3 billion." WALL STREET JOURNAL, Feb. 28, 2013

And you think the CUSTOMERS were stupid?

Umm, I'm sure you meant $50 a MONTH. So, for three years that's $1800. Nice math.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 02:19 UTC
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QSMcDraw: Adobe knows customers hate this. How do I know? Because Adobe won't give us a choice.

They could still get rid of boxes and disks and sell downloads to those of us who want to pay the full price up front, and they could charge monthly for those who choose to go that route.

They know the math, and so do we, which is why we are being forced to pay by the month or have no way to re-edit, or in some cases even open, psd files that will become held hostage.

Some of the apologists here work for Adobe; some just like to play devil's advocate. Some, sadly, are the same sort who have apologized for tyrants and charlatans throughout history.

Quit playing the troll.

Vast majority of busy professionals simply couldn't deal with the massive inconvenience of hacking into their own image files.

Competition is on its way. Adobe can't buy out every competitor forever, can they?

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 02:12 UTC

It took JC Penney about six months to figure out what an idiot their CEO was, another two months to send him packing.

Hope Adobe figures things out even faster.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 02:04 UTC as 485th comment | 4 replies

Adobe knows customers hate this. How do I know? Because Adobe won't give us a choice.

They could still get rid of boxes and disks and sell downloads to those of us who want to pay the full price up front, and they could charge monthly for those who choose to go that route.

They know the math, and so do we, which is why we are being forced to pay by the month or have no way to re-edit, or in some cases even open, psd files that will become held hostage.

Some of the apologists here work for Adobe; some just like to play devil's advocate. Some, sadly, are the same sort who have apologized for tyrants and charlatans throughout history.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 01:54 UTC as 490th comment | 7 replies
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Photomonkey: Yay, I love the new upsurge in independent premium lens makers. Let's hope this sees a flood of new quality optics.
I am looking forward to the real world performance of this intriguing lens. Yes, I can afford the Canon 24 TS-E II but I would love to save some money and support a manufacturer that wants to bring great lenses to market.

Agree 100%. Now if we could see some Adobe facing some real competition as people rebel against the Cloud, we'd be in better shape in PP too!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 01:24 UTC

Can't wait for some thorough reviews!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 18:06 UTC as 55th comment
On Photoshop Gradient Tool: Blending Images article (223 comments in total)
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Steve Parkin: Quite a bit of narrow minded thinking from people who feel that their way is the only way to be a photographer.

Really, I think the biggest issue at play is EGO. Thats a hard thing for people to admit to. The point of photography? I always thought it was to create images. A camera records reality the way a camera sees reality. Not the way it really is. We override the camera in such a way that the camera produces things closer to OUR vision. How is that different than Photoshop?
You can use white balance on board the camera to produce a total lie as easily as a layer mask can.

I do not condone dishonesty in image making; I do condone interpretation and artistic license. It seems that there are too many ego driven people stuck on the idea that the best image makers are the ones who can do the best using just a camera. The point of this game is to make great images, right?. Why limit yourself to just a camera in the art-making process? When so much more is out there to use?

I agree that there is a certain purity of viewing experience when we know that a photographer caught a special confluence of elements and did not alter reality. If this is the type of photography you most admire, enjoy! However, to disparage other types of approaches, in this case composites, and sniff that such are, as you bizarrely state, "mere artistry," paints you as pompous, rather than embracing. Photography appeals to so many because it is offers so many ways of expressing oneself. Embracing some does not require us to belittle others!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 15:59 UTC
On Photoshop Gradient Tool: Blending Images article (223 comments in total)

Just had to laugh at the many, many pompous comments about PS being a cheat, or about how many "better" ways this could be done. I remember when these same pompous jerks used to work at camera shops, making beginners walk out, enthusiasts feel stupid...Now most of those shops are out of business. Wonder why?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 15:53 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
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Roman_93: It has happend often that companys make up their minds when they get blown away by a social media s*** storm. It is funny how companys try to sell the "latest" technology without realizing that customers now can communicate.

Another point is, that they did everything to create that urge for the latest and newest feature in their customers and now try to make them jump ship with the same feeling.

Time for competition. If capitalism still works somehow a new product will emerge to fill the gap. I am happy to learn new features and better solutions. Without the Nikon - Canon war, cameras wouldn't be as good and affordable as they are now.

Unfortunately, Capitalism is broken, having become corporate feudalism. Governments are simply instruments to protect fiefdoms at this point.

Cheers!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2012 at 12:11 UTC
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Bubba Satori: Interesting comments.
Did Costco have a firesale on tinfoil hats?
I appreciate the advantages of the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription model.
Allows me to use software I otherwise wouldn't be able to afford with a large upfront financial outlay.
PS user since 2.51.
Happy Holidays everybody!

"Tin foil hats" because we are outraged that the price of Photoshop has more than tripled (for users who upgrade every three years)? I think Bubba is being provocative, like a troll.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2012 at 12:04 UTC

The only possible way of slowing this abhorrent exploitation is to refuse to subscribe and to put immense pressure on fellow photographers to do the same.

This effectively triples the price for those of us who upgrade every three years. Looks like Adobe is betting that at least one in three of current users will roll over on their bellies and subscribe, in which case Adobe still wins, as they save on DVD production and packaging. If more than one in three subscribes, it's all gravy.

Note that the subscription rate is "based on annual membership." Tell me there aren't plenty of users who go months without using a software product. Too bad, keep paying.

The apologists here remind me of misguided, cheerful victims of repressive regimes, including those of WWII.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2012 at 12:00 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
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dwalk: I'm in the market for a DSLR, currently owning a canon S5IS. I'm an enthusiast photographer, not a professional, who ocassionally shoots weddings with borrowed gear. With the 60d and 7d cameras being quite old, i was hoping for a new version of either of them. Now I will start looking at Nikon, a pity, as i used to shoot Canon Film SLRs

Unless you are doing birds or other acton, the 60D has the same sensor, same metering as 7D. Body is plastic, but wrapped with fiber glass. Use money you save to buy a real lens, not the 7D or 60D kit junk, or maybe a top notch tripod and head.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 12:59 UTC
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Nishi Drew: As much as I'm a complainer of this cam too it's not "Canon betrayed us" level.
No, the competition is good this time, Canon figured this would be a good package for this line of FF, while Nikon came out with a surprise deal, which, the D600 surprised a lot of people for what it holds, regardless of it being mostly a D7000 with an FX sensor.

The two "issues" I have is Canon thinking they should uphold their offerings as "valuable pro tools" and ask for the same price as the D600. Alright, I can understand pushing down the price of the 6D would make it look like Canon gave in. But to top it off, Canon, that started the DSLR video trend, is far behind everyone now, and when a Nikon entry level camera has uncompressed video.... yeah, now I'm bothered.
Just hoping the AF really is quite usable, and that the prices get slashed :/

Is it too late for them to reconfigure the AF and go with all cross type like in the 60D?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 12:56 UTC
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