Adobe Cloud subscription

Posted by Shannon / on 03/26/2014 / 4 Comments

Hello ladies and creatives...

I just came across this Adobe Cloud subscription situation. I was preparing to upgrade today from Creative 5 to 6 and found out that they are no longer offering downloadable versions after 6. You must subscribe to their service for all upgrades at a monthly fee. (perhaps I am behind on discussing this and others have already discussed- at which i am apologizing if so)

I would love to hear the input on this as I am NOT comfortable with this scenario. has a petition regarding it. 

Here is a review I read:

If we buy into this "subscription" we do not own the software we are "renting" and if we can not longer pay the monthly/yearly subscription rate, we lose the version we have been renting. This would mean that the files you have been saving in whatever cloud is offering would become issues if you needed to downgrade back to a version of the software you actually DO own. I would assume that we would need to be safe and save down each file in case something financially happened and the subscription could not be paid for suddenly. With so many of us being small business owners in this industry and freelancers- how are we going to cope with this?

I refused to buy it when the online chat person tried to manipulate me into signing up immediately.

Let me know what everyone is doing with this!!! Thanks

Shannon O'Brennan
Shananigenz Creative, LLC




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  • Susan says:

    Shannon, I felt just as you do. But I eventually caved and am living with it. I appreciate your posting of the petition. I will review. Thanks.

    March 26, 2014 at 11:11 PM | Permalink

  • Aseloka says:

    I have a subscription and I think that it's worth it. I'm currently a student and I'm not paying the full price for the subscription but it's worth every penny at the moment. The software is still downloaded onto your machine and can be accessed even when you're not signed into your creative cloud account as far as I can tell (as in a situation where maybe the subscription fee was no longer being paid). But upgrades would not available unless you're paying the monthly fee. That's my understanding of it anyway unless I'm missing something...

    May 21, 2014 at 4:02 PM | Permalink

  • Kristina says:

    Aseloka -- that's incorrect. You do download the software to your computer, however, it's not an instance of you pay for it, download it and then don't get updates if you don't continue to pay. If you decide to cancel your CC subscription, you will lose the ability to use the software. How it works is you have to have access to the internet once a month, so that your computer can talk with Adobe's computers to confirm you have an active subscription. The way it was explained in a meeting I went to a while ago was, you could download CC and then decide you're going to go to a cabin in the middle of the woods without internet and design for a full month, but you'd have to come back to have internet access once a month for the confirmation of an active subscription.

    May 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM | Permalink

  • Kristina says:

    I really don't understand what all the fuss is about CC. I'm well into my 2nd year of paying for CC (which also means that I'm no longer paying the $29.99 intro rate & I pay $49.99 per month on a yearly contract). While yes, it is $52.99/month, and that's not cheap. I prioritize it in my budgeting because it's how I can do my job. While I do like paying monthly vs. forking over hundreds of dollars for a CS upgrade in the past, I find it's easier to afford for me, as I'm not a great saver. The way I break it down is, at less than $2/day, I have access to the entire "Master Suite" of software (granted, I don't use any of the audio/video editing stuff..) plus much more if you look at all the other perks included with a CC subscription -- unlimited DPS single edition apps, access to TypeKit fonts, access to the Desktop Sync TypeKit fonts, 3 free Business Catalyst websites hosted, etc. Yes, you don't "own" the software, but if we're getting technical, you never really "owned" the software with CS6 and earlier...

    May 24, 2014 at 5:05 PM | Permalink


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