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What Photoshop's Move to the Cloud Actually Means for You

Posted May 08, 2013 9:28 AM

From Lifehacker:

Adobe Photoshop, along with all other Creative Suite applications, just made a move to the cloud. Adobe decided to discontinue software you can actually buy so they can force you to rent the applications for a monthly fee. This change comes with a number of problems but also some advantages. Here's what the change means to you. 

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05/09/2013 9:06 AM

Good reason to use GIMP.

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05/09/2013 11:20 AM

What it means is that there will be another marketing manager's resume floating around soon.

Listening to both professional and amateur photographer's response to this announcement shows overwhelming disfavor to this move. Photographers feel alienated.

First, this move was done to improve the bottom line of Adobe. The sales pitch may sound different, but Adobe is trying to force people with older versions to upgrade and spread the costs on a monthly basis.

Second, most people like to feel they have control. Paying a monthly license fee removes that perception of control from the consumer.

I know I much prefer to own my car than pay monthly payments (lease or loan). The same goes for my home. Not only is it less expensive to own your property outright, it makes it harder for others to take it away (i.e., missing payments).

For software, owning the software allows the consumer to determine when they want to upgrade. If the next upgrade does not offer enough value for the consumer they can opt to wait or not upgrade at all.

I strongly suspect this is one of the primary reasons Adobe is adopting this model. Adobe sees lost revenue when owners of previous versions do not upgrade to the next version.

Lastly, this arrangement has another fly in the ointment that is bad for consumers. That is, if consumers are forced to upgrade by maintaining a monthly subscription there is less incentive for Adobe to produce the best product.

The current model requires Adobe to improve their product enough to encourage people to upgrade. That is a powerful carrot. If that carrot is removed, then the drive to invest in product innovation solely comes only from competitors, which currently hold a much, much smaller market share. In simple terms, the amount of product innovation may suffer since Adobe is assured consumers will still pay into their coffers regardless of how much or how little improvement they make.

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05/09/2013 4:49 PM

I totally agree. I have a problem with paying for something and then giving it back.

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05/09/2013 7:10 PM

Good old v 5.0 (c. 1996) meets my home needs. Context-aware fill is a very neat feature though.

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05/09/2013 5:30 PM

I read the article and I still didn't see the advantages. Looks like we'll stick with our four year-old version of Photoshop for the foreseeable future. Businesses are accostumed to living with licensing fees but the average consumer is not likely to buy in to this.

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05/10/2013 5:46 PM

Is this Heaven ? ....No,, this is photoshop kid....

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