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Adobe announces updates exclusive to Creative Cloud members

By dpreview staff on Dec 11, 2012 at 17:57 GMT

Adobe has announced CS6 updates that are exclusive to Creative Cloud subscribers. Adobe Photoshop 13.1 offers among other things, the ability to apply Liquify and Lens Blur effects as Smart Objects and use conditional statements when creating Actions. However, these changes are unavailable to those who've bought traditional versions of Photoshop CS6, and Adobe has not said when, or even if, 'perpetual users' of CS6 will have access to these features. Retina Display support for Mac, also announced today, is available for all users.

Although Adobe has touted exclusive access to new features as a selling point of Creative Cloud membership, today's announcement marks a turning point as the company is now making a very clear distinction between those who choose a subscription and those who purchase the software outright. Among other Creative Cloud exclusives are video training content, available from inside the CS6 applications and a workgroup version of Creative Cloud designed to allow collaboration on internal projects, with centralized monitoring of user access and storage.

Press Release:

New Photoshop Features and Team Version Headline Major Update to Adobe Creative Cloud

SAN JOSE, Calif. - December 11, 2012 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today is revealing a major update to its Adobe Creative Cloud offering. During Create Now, an online event this morning, the company is announcing that Creative Cloud members will now have access to over a dozen exclusive new features for Adobe Photoshop. Adobe is also highlighting the customer momentum behind Creative Cloud, with more than 1 million free and paid memberships, including approximately 326,000* paid individual members who have signed up through November 2012. Additionally, at the Create Now event, the company is introducing a new version, Creative Cloud for teams, making it easy for creative professionals to collaborate with colleagues; showcasing new capabilities for mobile website design with Adobe Muse; launching Creative Cloud Connection for desktop synching and collaborative sharing; debuting Creative Cloud Training, a library of premium instructional video from leading partners; and demonstrating the unlimited access to the Digital Publishing technology used by major publishers to create interactive content for the iPad.

"It's been remarkable to see over 1 million users join Creative Cloud in just seven months," said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. "Our goal is to make Creative Cloud the ultimate hub for creatives, where they can access the world's best creative tools, store and collaborate around their work and ultimately showcase their creations. Now with the availability of the new Creative Cloud offering for teams, we're making it easier for workgroups to create and collaborate."

Tune in to see the full details unveiled at the Create Now online event at 10am PT with new Creative Cloud capabilities, including Creative Cloud for teams, available for download and purchase starting at 11am PT.

New Photoshop CS6 capabilities available to Creative Cloud members, include:

  • Immediate support for HiDPI (Retina) displays for Apple MacBook Pro. This feature was also made available to perpetual license customers as a free update.
  • Smart Object support for Blur Gallery and Liquify.
  • The ability to quickly export CSS code for text and objects, and import color swatches to easily design incredible websites.
  • New workflow timesavers including Crop tool refinements.
  • 3D enhancements including improved live (OpenGL) previews of shadow effects and additional control over illumination using 32-bit color picker to create glow effects.
  • Conditional Actions that automatically select the appropriate Action based on user-defined rules, giving users enhanced image processing speed.

New Offering Brings Teams into Creative Cloud

Also available today, Creative Cloud for teams is designed to help creative professionals work better together. Creative Cloud for teams delivers everything that's included with the individual version of Creative Cloud – all of the same desktop tools, online services for publishing and file sharing, and upgrades and feature updates when they are released. Plus it also includes easy management of virtual workgroups, 100GB of cloud storage per user (versus 20GB for the individual Creative Cloud offering), expert support services, centralized administration for the quick and easy deployment of new seats, and centralized billing and efficient license management.

Other new Creative Cloud additions include an update to Adobe Muse, a desktop app that allows designers to create professional, HTML websites without writing code. Adobe Muse now includes the ability to create unique layouts for desktop, iPhone, iPad and other mobile device versions of a website. Designers can now customize each experience whether the site is viewed on a large monitor while sitting at a desk, or viewing on a small screen while on-the-go.

Also added is Creative Cloud Connection, a desktop sync app, which allows users to automatically sync files to a Creative Cloud account by saving files to the desktop folder, or simply dragging and dropping. In addition, new exclusive Creative Cloud Training (available to all paid Creative Cloud members soon) offers an extensive library of tutorials and trial courses from renowned training partners, Kelby Training, video2brain and Attain, designed to help make Creative Cloud members successful with the tools and services available to them. These select partners, along with Adobe, will provide training videos for an international Creative Cloud audience in English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish and Italian, with more languages to be added later. Also today, Adobe Illustrator was updated to support HiDPI (Retina) displays and this feature was made available to both Creative Cloud members and perpetual license customers.

Digital Publishing Single Edition

During Adobe's Create Now online event, the company will demonstrate core Creative Cloud capabilities, including Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), Single Edition. DPS, Single Edition significantly simplifies the mobile app development process by enabling designers to create and deliver digital publications to iPad through the Apple App Store, without writing a single line of code. With DPS, Single Edition members can create single-issue content, including brochures, catalogs or personal design portfolios, and submit an unlimited number of apps to the Apple App Store for publication, at no additional cost. This gives freelance designers, design agencies and small-to-midsize businesses easy access to the same core digital publishing technologies that leading publishers worldwide are using.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership; existing customers who own CS3 or later get their first year of Creative Cloud for individuals at the discounted rate of US $29.99 per month. Students and teachers can get Creative Cloud for $29.99. Creative Cloud for teams is priced at US $69.99 per month per seat with an annual contract required; existing customers who own CS3 or later get their first year of Creative Cloud for teams at the discounted rate of US $49.99 per month per seat. Creative Cloud for teams is available for purchase today on Adobe.com; annual memberships are also available worldwide through a growing network of Adobe certified resellers. The new Photoshop and Adobe Muse features, Creative Cloud Training, and Creative Cloud Connection preview are immediately available to Creative Cloud members.

Comments

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Dec 12, 2012)

Possible scenarios:

Option 1. Adobe is having a smaller subset of users beta test this update. This may be bad since the people who subscribe are likely to be pros who don't have time to dick around with unstable software. Then everybody else gets it, or they push out a further debugged update. Maybe they're hoping that subscribers feel special and justified in their purchasing decision.

Option 2. Adobe is trying add value to the subscription model. Only the net effect isn't adding perceived value, but subtracting perceived value for the people who ponied up the whole wad for the software up front.

Option 3. Adobe has option 2 in mind, but gets an epic level of flack that leads them to push the update out to everybody else. Then they have the could claim that option 1 was what they had in mind the whole time. Even if it wasn't.

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Matt Random
By Matt Random (Dec 12, 2012)

The subscription model makes sense for people who use PS or the other tools on a daily basis. Where the model doesn't make sense is for the people who are only occasionally using it.

So, a subscription model is probably good for professionals, but not so good for enthusiasts. I'm an enthusiast that occasionally fires up PS for perspective correction or something like that so a $30 a month subscription would mean that I'd be paying dollars for each invocation of PS. I imagine that professionals that live and breath PS are paying pennies per invocation.

If Adobe continues the trend toward the subscription model domain then I'll probably have to look for other tools to do what I do in PS.

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Stu 5
By Stu 5 (Dec 12, 2012)

If you look at the initial outlay for PS and factor in the now yearly upgrades costs a monthly subscription fee to just have just Photoshop CS6 works out good value.

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Jman13
By Jman13 (Dec 12, 2012)

No, it doesn't. Only for the first year. It VERY quickly goes into way more expensive. It is a great deal if you use the whole Creative Suite. For those people, it's a no-brainer. $600 a year to get continuous upgrades that would otherwise cost about $1,000 a year to upgrade all the time. However, for the rather large contingent who only uses Photoshop out of the Creative Suite, it's crazy. And it's a huge middle finger to those of us who have already paid for the full version (plus several upgrades). Now the price jumps to astronomical levels for future upgrades if we go the CC route.

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Stu 5
By Stu 5 (Dec 12, 2012)

Jman13 you don't seem to be aware that you don't have to go for the whole suite option if you don't want to. You can have Photoshop CS6 for £17.58 a month on subscription. I don't know the $ price off hand but if you go onto the Adobe website and go to 'purchase Photoshop now' there is a monthly subscription option for just that program. That price is for 12 months. Or for a higher fee you can rent Photoshop for a month as and when you need it.

I am not sure when these options came out but they have been available for a while now.

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Matt Random
By Matt Random (Dec 12, 2012)

I paid $250 for PS CS6. The USD monthly subscription rate is $20 (for the yearly model) so I'd save $10 the first year. If an upgrade comes the second year for $200 then I'd lose $50 that year or $40 total for the 2 years. With the subscription my loss would continue to increase each year assuming a $200 yearly upgrade.

If the upgrade cycle is 2 years then the subscription costs me $480 for 2 years whereas owning is $250.

Given this I suspect that the upgrade cycle may accelerate and/or the upgrade cost may increase.

So, the cost between purchase and the PS-only subscription isn't that a lot. However, bottom line for me is that I just don't use PS enough to justify the cost. I'll stick with LR (please don't go subscription only) and plugins as necessary.

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Stu 5
By Stu 5 (Dec 12, 2012)

They announced in 2011 that upgrades would go yearly.

I am a bit confused why would it be $200 a year to purchase an upgrade when it cost you $250 this year?

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arry_girl
By arry_girl (Dec 12, 2012)

As far as CS upgrades go, I believe I've read the update cycle is in .5 increments:

CS6.5 - mid 2013
CS7 - mid 2014
CS7.5 - mid 2015

So if this is true, the whole numbered upgrades will be every 2 years. My upgrade cycle in the past has been to move up every 2 versions. Beginning Jan. 2013, if you don't upgrade annually, you'll be SOL. Does this also include the .5 increments? This is something to consider if weighing the costs between a Cloud subscription & outright owning your software.

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Matt Random
By Matt Random (Dec 13, 2012)

The $250 was after an Amazon coupon. I believe that I read on here the the PS upgrade is typically $200 so I used that number.

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chaos215bar2
By chaos215bar2 (Dec 11, 2012)

Well, we'll see. Either Adobe has a lucrative new business model or it's the beginning of the end for Photoshop.

I'll certainly need to start looking for something else whenever I get a camera without RAW support in CS6.

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Bubba Satori
By Bubba Satori (Dec 11, 2012)

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!

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bills_pix
By bills_pix (Dec 12, 2012)

Umm, I didn't see anyone talk about a conspiracy just a business decision that does not appeal to those who prefer to purchase rather than rent software.

Not everyone likes to lease cars, houses, software, etc. for a variety of reasons. I am one of them.

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QSMcDraw
By QSMcDraw (Dec 12, 2012)

"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.

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Roman_93
By Roman_93 (Dec 11, 2012)

This is sick and very bad maketing. Hopefiully another company takes the ball. A market rules by a singel company cannot end well.
This is just greedy for it wouldn't even cost them something to have it free for all owners.
Some updates would make them a winner but this way they made themselves a real looser.

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Dec 11, 2012)

hey subscription must be good.. scott kelby and all people at kelby media love it.. and they would not lie to us....

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arry_girl
By arry_girl (Dec 11, 2012)

God forbid. Especially since he probably gets REAL own-it-outright software gratis.

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Dec 11, 2012)

but but.. scott kelby is such a honest guy.

i would never think of him as an adobe telemarketer....

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Skroob
By Skroob (Dec 11, 2012)

More incentive for people to forgo buying software, which they dont want. They dont want you to buy their product. They want you to simply rent the privilege to use it sometimes.

Less rights for the customer, more money for the company.

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David H Dennis
By David H Dennis (Dec 11, 2012)

I'm confused, I have the monthly Creative Cloud subscription, and I'm not seeing the Photoshop upgrade. Is it still on the way? Has anyone else downloaded it successfully?

D

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Jim Lewis
By Jim Lewis (Dec 11, 2012)

Yes. It got pushed this morning. If you didn't get it, open Photoshop and click the check for updates.

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EDWARD ARTISTE
By EDWARD ARTISTE (Dec 11, 2012)

this will not end well. how much does this software cost? and you still dont get..???

WOW.

This is what happens when you are the only vendor in your core market that matters.

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Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (Dec 11, 2012)

This seems like a GREAT thing for new users, but a TERRIBLE thing for people who already own CS6. New subscribers will be able to use the product without plunking down $600 to own it outright, and will be privy to all new releases every two years. Sounds like savings to me.

But for those that already bought the software, it seems like a crappy deal. Is it really Adobe's intent to leave these folks out in the cold? After the backlash I predict Adobe will make "cloud only" content available to CS6 owners.

Just my .02

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arry_girl
By arry_girl (Dec 11, 2012)

One can hope Adobe makes current cloud content upgrades avail to CS6 owners. They did reverse their Creative Suite upgrade policy when they ruffled more than a few feathers last November. But I'm not holding my breath.

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steelhead3
By steelhead3 (Dec 11, 2012)

We are watching the death rattle of a large software Company. cs6 was not worth upgrading from cs5 except for the upgrade path and now this. Adobe is in a position to be bought out and their subscription business is a sweetener for the potential suitor.

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Carlos C
By Carlos C (Dec 11, 2012)

Seen this coming for a while now. Long time Adobe user here. Must look for alternatives since I am being priced out from this greedy company. Yeah, it is capitalism, so is my move.

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nicolas guilbert
By nicolas guilbert (Dec 12, 2012)

This is one of the reasons why i now use non adobe software when possible. Meaning, delivering at least quality and performance wise. That is for RAW conversions, DAM, Video editing etc…
But for Pro Photo Editing, there is absolutely no alternative ATM, and i really miss more players in that field.

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JJMacks
By JJMacks (Dec 11, 2012)

Did the fix any of the Photoshop CS6 bugs?

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ksgant
By ksgant (Dec 11, 2012)

I went and got the Creative Cloud, as I can get it for a year now for $30 a month, and since now I get all the software they make, we'll see how this goes.

I just used Lightroom and Photoshop CS5 Standard, but so far I love CS6. Love the new interface and everything. No quibbles here with it. And I'm a long time PHotoshop user (probably longer than anyone here I'm guessing...yeah, I'm an old man that started with version 1.0), but I welcome change. I like when things are mixed up. And really, it's not that big of a change.

But hey, I feel for those of you that are slighted by Adobe. They seem to be treated non Creative Cloud owners as second class citizens. It just made sense for me personally and my business to shift the cost of software to operational expenses. And now that I have access to things like Premere and After Effects for instance, I can branch out a little....just a little.

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technotic
By technotic (Dec 11, 2012)

Of the Adobe apps I use only Lightroom and PSE. I was going to buy PS6. Not now. There is much gnashing of teeth here but I suppose this is the way it's going to be if you want to use Adobe products in the future and I'd be surprised if the likes of Apple don't follow suit (in their case they seem to be losing interest in pro apps though).

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Tom Goodman
By Tom Goodman (Dec 11, 2012)

At the very least, and it isn't much, Adobe should have made this policy apply only to a new version release going forward. Even that would have been contemptible of those among us who have upgraded multiple times over the years. Of course the other ace Adobe holds (actually, it would be more proper to say the other "body part" they hold) is that no one buying a new camera will have access to ACR updates without subscribing. Adobe already forced users of earlier versions of PS to buy the latest version to have access to ACR updates.

If DPR had any real independence (from its parent) and guts, it would write an editorial condemning this policy. They don't and therefore won't.

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nelsonal
By nelsonal (Dec 11, 2012)

GIMP might actually be ready to absorb all the disgruntled adobe users now.

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ksgant
By ksgant (Dec 11, 2012)

Um...yeah. It's not. At least not for me. Never could get used to the interface. I can take slight changes over the evolution of Photoshop, but switching totally to GIMP I just couldn't ever get the hang of it. Others can though, and that's great.

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EDWARD ARTISTE
By EDWARD ARTISTE (Dec 11, 2012)

gimp? ROFL

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Dec 11, 2012)

gimp.. i rather use MS paint.

no honest..... gimp is no competition for professionells.
it´s a pain to use.

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KevinFultonPhotography
By KevinFultonPhotography (Dec 11, 2012)

Gimp?.....really? PS Elements would be a better alternative for most people. Pixelmator is probably the closest of any competitor IMO, but it's still waaaayyyyyy far off to actually absorbing disgruntled Adobe users. However, if said users are satisfied with GIMP then I'd questions why they felt they NEEDED PS in the first place.

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astralux
By astralux (Dec 11, 2012)

I predict that the next step Adobe will take is to discontinue selling PS and to only make it available via their Cloud disaster. Now watch the crackers and hackers go after Adobe with a vengiance and I am very tempted to support them! As a purchaser of CS6 I feel seriously p!ssed off at Adobe right now and so is my fellow pro shooters over here.

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gsum
By gsum (Dec 11, 2012)

I have CS4 thankfully purchased from a reseller at a minute fraction of the original price. What a heap of overpriced ^&&**. The right hand mouse control doesn't work properly (it should do the inverse of the LH control where appropriate), image overlay is inaccurate when stitching or stacking, spherical stitching doesn't work at all and the basic toolset is antiquated and badly implemented.
Adobe want yet more money for this junk. They are taking the weewee. Wonder if they pay any tax in the UK.

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tyronet2000
By tyronet2000 (Dec 11, 2012)

I'm committed to CS6 for 12 months but unfortunately they have priced me out of usage of the software. At the end of this period it will be back to GIMP and/or "Jolly Rodger Software" ;)

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VA-ArtG
By VA-ArtG (Dec 11, 2012)

Adobe - you discount me as a loyal purchaser/up-grader for many years.
Apparently, since you no longer value (if in fact you ever did) me and my Adobe loyalty, along with my hard earned money, please do take my utter disgust and contempt of this high handed tactic the wrong way. I just hope you lose all the cash cows you have turned loose to fend for themselves as second class citizens. I also wish you many outages and failures to provide contracted services so the sheep that follow you to the cloud stampede you into bankruptcy.

Thanks for nothing,
Art Guertin

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Tom Goodman
By Tom Goodman (Dec 11, 2012)

Could not have said it better myself. Literally, this is a contemptible decision.

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MurryG
By MurryG (Dec 11, 2012)

Just shen I was getting good at Photoshop I can't afford it :0) Life is a "beach" and then you die

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Suntan
By Suntan (Dec 11, 2012)

I'll not stop using photoshop as it is still the one software device that I have learned how to do all the processing I want to be able to do on my images (not saying there aren't other packages out there, but to become proficient in a new package is a steep climb)

However, I am not planning to upgrade further.

I'll just keep using the current version I have now and if there comes a day that they no longer offer me a means for converting my raw images, well then I'll have to put on my climbing shoes.

-Suntan

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Augestflex
By Augestflex (Dec 11, 2012)

9/14/11, a tad late, I updated to CS5 and gave up my previous version of Photoshop. Then I purchased a NEX-6 and find I have to get CS6 to work directly with my RAW files without going through the converter. Now features for cloud only...

A lot of curse words are running through my mind right now, but rather than lay those down here. I will just say that I think I either need to give GIMP another serious try, or look at alternatives.

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Kim Letkeman
By Kim Letkeman (Dec 11, 2012)

I have happily paid my $200+ "Adobe Tax" every 18 months to get a small number of new features and once in a while to get some real improvements in the processing engine. I even added a new tax with my adoption of Lightroom 4.

Now they want me to make a huge leap to $49 per month, or $600 per year to get these same new features. Else I am apparently cut off. Wow ... that's an increase from $400 per 3 years to $1800 per 3 years.

Seems a tad excessive to me ...

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Carlos C
By Carlos C (Dec 11, 2012)

Outrageous move by Adobe.

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Stu 5
By Stu 5 (Dec 12, 2012)

Kim you do realise there has been an option to have just Photoshop CS6 on it's own for a monthly fee of £17.58 on a 12 month contract for a little while now didn't you? That could be a better option for you in future.

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Kim Letkeman
By Kim Letkeman (11 months ago)

@Stu 5 ... That's about 25 bucks a month, which is 2.5 times the cost for me when I upgrade every 18 months. But now I upgrade only every 36 months at most, so I pay about 6 bucks a month for photoshop. They'll never get me to pay the outrageous fees for one single application that I hardly use now that I am a Lightroom user. They should charge 10 bucks a month for CSx and 20 bucks a month for CSx, LRx and one or two other apps. Else they will lose the enthusiast market ... can they really survive only on income from professionals?

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Xinto
By Xinto (Dec 11, 2012)

Why have all the distributed collaboration tools for Adobe moved into Adobe-provided cloud services? 100GB? Over a WAN connection? This is priced as professional grade software, but these aren't professional grade collaboration tools. This is iCloud for Photoshop, I guess so I can collaborate in my Photoshop editing with grandma.

I really don't get it.

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hathawayep
By hathawayep (Dec 11, 2012)

Yes, for me as well. This is a mistake on Adobe's part, as creating 2 classes of users will create a lot of ill will. PS has been a great help in my work, but this attitude can only be answered by walking away now. Will have to begin a search for programs that will work for me.

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DanlB
By DanlB (Dec 11, 2012)

I agree. It is time to find other alternatives to Adobe products.

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Kim Letkeman
By Kim Letkeman (Dec 11, 2012)

This is the very first time that I have felt that the hegemony of Adobe is no longer safe. That it is no longer the obvious choice. My world is shattered :-(

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joe_leads
By joe_leads (Dec 11, 2012)

I recently bought a full version of PS for the European price, which is almost double of the US price, just to learn that I am a second class citizen in the Adobe universe only?

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IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Dec 11, 2012)

Divide and rule. The axtions of the imperialist adobe. Over priced, over hyped and thabkfully over there.

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onlooker
By onlooker (Dec 12, 2012)

> The axtions of the imperialist adobe

"Imperialist Adobe"? Are you on something?

> and thabkfully over there

Yes, and we very much appreciate it here for its contribution to the local economy, thank you.

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astralux
By astralux (Dec 11, 2012)

This is it for me, time to boot Adobe out of my workflow. I have been a loyal buyer of PS and have recently bought the CS6 upgrade, but to now leave buyers of their products out in the cold is just crap. Sorry Adbobe, you are out of here.

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Stu 5
By Stu 5 (Dec 12, 2012)

All this means is monthly subscribers are able to get the new features straight away where the yearly upgraders have the option to purchase the upgrades once a year when the new upgrade program comes out. Totally fair. Also there is an option to get just Photoshop CS6 on a monthly subscription for just £17.56 a month if you don't want all the other programs.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Dec 12, 2012)

do you work for adobe or what?

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Stu 5
By Stu 5 (Dec 12, 2012)

lol. No. Just that DP Review's article does not seem to explain all the pricing options that are available.

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Dennishh
By Dennishh (Dec 12, 2012)

Thanks Adobe for screwing your loyal customers for the last 20 years! Not only are you extremely overpriced but you have no allegiance to your customers. I've started using Capture One 7 and Corel Paint Pro with some pretty nice results so if you guys keep this up you're going to lose me as a customer.

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