Adobe Creative Cloud
Not so long ago, Adobe changed their business model to SAAS, (Software As A Service) which was not one of the favorable things to do in many people’s minds at the time. However, Adobe knew you need their software, so they’re not so worried about losing revenue and customers. They know that they will get our money one way or the other.
Anyway, they changed the way customers are buying their programs. In the old days, a person would pay for the programs they wanted to own if someone wanted to get an upgrade, they purchased the new version. Now, it’s different; you can’t buy Adobe software to own anymore. From now on, you’re going to have to pay a monthly subscription fee.
Then you’ll have access to Adobe’s Creative Cloud. (CC) Once you have your subscription, which gets you access to the Adobe program(s) of your choice. With SAAS, it means the more programs you want to use the higher the monthly fees. Their model is very similar to what Microsoft did with Windows 10.
The latest news is they have come out with some new packages that might make the switch over to the Creative Cloud worth it.
Adobe’s Creative Cloud introduces four new packages for their customers:
- Photography –you get access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC along with some other cool photography related options
- Single app – you are getting the privilege of choosing between 11 selected applications and access to all the Creative Cloud features.
- Complete – Creative Cloud’s main package, you can install it on two computers with all the apps available and of course, getting access to all of the Creative Cloud features.
- Creative Cloud for Teams – you have a similar license to the “Complete” plus, extended features sized just right for a small business, advanced support, license manager, and extra storage.
What’s so great about it?
On the one hand, this is an excellent suite of Adobe products for those designers, if you like to stay current and for the end-users who desire to own the latest technology that Adobe is putting out. By having a monthly subscription, the customer gets access to the most recent versions of their favorite program or programs. If for some reason a user cannot afford paying a lot of money in one lump sum, having a monthly subscription makes life a tad easier.
Also, if you can verify that you are a student or teacher, there is a 40% discount on the “Complete” package, and it’s possible to get a 60% discount if you sign up during the back-to-school days just before the fall or spring terms.
On the other hand, if you total up the of monthly subscription payments and discover they are higher than what you would have had to pay if you bought each tool separately, you might hit the roof.
Besides, if you do not renew your subscription, all the data that you have stored in “proprietary file formats” is lost to you. That’s your data, and to be truthful, it’s a very underhanded move on Adobe’s part.
Adobe seems to be aware of what their customers are saying about all this change. In response, the company issued this statement, “We understand this is a big change, but we are so focused on the vision we shared for Creative Cloud, and we plan to focus all our new innovation on the Creative Cloud”.
Adobe took a beating when it switched business models, but is now paying off, and the users of Adobe products are reaping the rewards. The three new Packages revamped for Creative Cloud are better than ever, and since this is the only way, you will get access to them. You might seriously consider your needs and then get a subscription of your own. If you are not a subscriber now, it might be the time to start