Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite goes to the Cloud…
In the near future, you will no longer “own” your version of Photoshop. You will have to rent it on a monthly basis! Apparently, the new upcoming version, Photoshop CC (following CS6) will cost around 10 US Dollars per month (for people who upgrade from CS3 and higher) and 20 USD for new users. Professional / Power users will pay 50 US Dollars for the Complete Creative Suite. Converting to ZAR you’re looking at around R400 – R500 per month for the complete Creative Suite at the current dollar exchange rate! Again, people who upgrade from CS3 or higher, will get a discount.
Some new innovative Features of Photoshop CC
- Camera Shake Reduction
- Smart Sharpening
- Improved Enlarging Algorithms will enable you to enlarge your images
Here are the advantages to the Creative Cloud:
- Your software, even fonts and files are always up to date and new features added as they are developed
- Your settings are synchronized and “always” available, no matter from which computer you run it
Here are some of the disadvantages to the Creative Cloud:
- From the comments on the DP Review Site, it seems that users aren’t going to just take to this “new system”. The major gripe, according to most, is that Photoshop will be too expensive for them and that Adobe is forcing them to rent their software, whereas in the past they only needed to upgrade every second or third version.
- The current Rand Dollar exchange rates will influence the cost to such an extent that it will be too costly for South-Africans to convert to the new system.
- Users from developing countries that are without internet or have a slow connection might never be able to convert to this shift, due to the lack of infrastructure for an internet based “workstation”.
- Others feel threatened by the fact that software companies own your information and will be another breach in users’ privacy.
- What if the cloud server goes down? Will you have to wait for the cloud to reconnect before you can use your software effectively with all settings intact?
This move by Adobe may spell danger for software users in general! What if you have to pay on a month-to-month basis for your Operating System, Office, Utility, Multimedia Programs or even computer games? These might cost hundreds or even thousands of Rand a month! Another question remains; does the average user really need all these fancy updates, and do they even use it? Will Photoshop’s new features warrant over R1,000 a year in subscription fees? Should we say no to Adobe, or should we be convert to the new system? Do we even have a choice in this matter? If user comments from all around the world are anything to go by; Adobe might be in for a dip in sales. Within a few hours, over a 1000 comments were posted on DP Review’s website about this move. Most Photoshop users, especially from the photography world, are seriously offended! The subscription based model is seen as an attempt by Adobe to make more money out of users who would previously not upgrade every time a new version was released.
Many Photoshop users even threaten to make the switch to other software like Corel’s PaintShop Pro, or Open Source’s GIMP. PaintShop Pro X5 costs a mere 45 USD (once-off) and the total package costs the same as renting proper Photoshop CC for two months only. This powerful software is generally regarded as the granddaddy of photo editing, unfortunately it’s only available for Windows. If you’re a Mac user, you may have to look at Pixelmator, which is not too bad either.
Obviously none of these software packages offer all the power of Adobe’s Creative Suite, but for the causal photographers out there, some of these will be just fine to use…
Here’s a list of alternative image editing software you might want to look at:
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (Still our favourite photo software and with Photoshop and Photomatix just about the only photo editing software we use)
- Adobe Photoshop Elements
- Aperture (MAC)
- Pixelmator (MAC)
- Corel Paintshop Pro X5 (WIN)
- Zoner Photo Studio
- Ashampoo Photo Commander 11 / Ashampoo Snap 6
- Scarab Darkroom
- Magix Photo Designer 7
- Photo Filtre
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