Heads up, filmmakers. This week, Adobe announced that Creative Suite 6 is the last for standalone versions of Photoshop, Illustrator and the like. From here on out, Adobe will instead release the subscription- and cloud-based Creative Cloud.
You can still buy Adobe CS6 -- for now, anyway -- but all the groovy new technology will only be available by monthly or annual subscription. The complete CC suite requires a 12-month subscription at $50 per month; a single app is $20 per month.
To put this into perspective, the Creative Suite 6 Master Collection will set you back ~$2,500, while a single Photoshop CS6 license is ~$700. At $600/year for the complete Creative Cloud suite, it would be more than four years until you surpassed the hefty CS6 Master Collection standalone price. At $240/year for Photoshop CC (or another Creative Cloud app), you’re still looking at 2-3 years before you “overpay.” Let’s not forget that you should get a new major release of Creative Cloud apps every 12 months as part of the subscription price, too.
Well, kind of. Except what happens if your internet goes down? Or the connection goes wonky? (I know; that never happens.) Or you don't want to be beholden to Adobe? Or don't trust them to crank up the price because they can? (Because that never happens either.)
That's what Adolf would like to know. Where do you stand on the Adobe decision?