UPDATED: Adobe shifts to subscriptions – what’s your view?
A major change to how Adobe’s software is sold and used has been announced.
Adobe has announced that, from June 2013, the optional Creative Cloud subscription service that the company launched back in spring 2012, will now become the only means of using Photoshop.
In other words, a one-off fee (albeit a high one) for a copy of Photoshop is no longer an option – of Adobe’s software, only Lightroom will continue to be offered this way.
Some people will like the idea of a monthly payment to use Photoshop, as it will suit their financial position better this way. Others, however, will feel aggrieved that the idea of running a version of Photoshop for a number of years will no longer be possible, as the software is updated ‘on the fly’ rather than in half-yearly cycles and simply ceases to use if you haven’t paid for your subscription fee.
This obviously doesn’t stop you using an already installed version of Photoshop, but the option of buying Photoshop and then choosing if and when to upgrade it to a newer version of the software has now been removed.
THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT EXISTING INSTALLATIONS OF PHOTOSHOP ARE OBVIOUSLY UNAFFECTED BY THIS CHANGE IN POLICY.