Is open software the only option...

Started May 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
richardplondon Forum Pro • Posts: 10,762
Re: Is open software the only option...

Marcin 3M wrote:

I don't believe that LR will remain eprpetual software for a long time.

We'll have to see - but it'll do for the meanwhile.

Just to give it a fair chance, I have just priced out CC membership on the Adobe UK site, and for a single CS product such as Photoshop (CS3 or later) you can get on at slightly less than the cost of an upgrade to the current version, if you also spread that cost over 18 months. And since you pay it progressively and smoothly, you get onto future versions as they arrive (and also onto the latest version right now) without needing to suddenly pay out a lump sum up front.

The significant points are IMO:

the only situation where your perpetual license (on whatever version it stalls at) becomes unusable, is where YOU have changed something - your OS, or your voluntary participation in some Adobe offer which cancels that contract and replaces it with something else

such cost comparisons presume that you would have upgraded every version (though as of CS6, skipping conventional upgrades of a perpetual license would have stranded you in any case)

the ability to stop and resume may not apply in the future, at this initial adoption rate - since the cost with the full Suite is much lower in a contracted-longer-period setup, than in a month-by-month setup

and the big one: if ceasing payments mean you have to stop using the software (and get Elements or something, to fill the gap).


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