So I have the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription (student price) going, and so far all seems to be working well. The price is right and I much prefer the subscription model over buying outright.
However I'm more interested in the applications from the Technical Communication Suite that aren't part of this package; RoboHelp, Captivate, FrameMaker. I'm looking to change careers and am back in school. I could really benefit from learning and becoming certified in these applications. Robo and Frame don't even have student pricing at present. Even if they did, they would most likely be cost prohibitive for me to purchase outright.
Now I could make use of the 30-day trials for each, doing them one at a time and trying to learn as much as possible in a month. That might be enough to learn my way around and get my feet wet, and possibly even enough to pass a certification exam. That said, I'd much rather have access for a longer period in a subscription model similar to the Creative Cloud. The level of integration between these applications makes it important to have them all available at the same time.
The purchase price of some of those applications and suites might be fine for commercial clients, but an absolute non-starter for students who need to learn them. A month trial simply isn't long enough. On the other hand, the Cloud subscription model seems perfect for this. Someone like me could join up for a year or so, become comfortable with the applications, and then stop subscribing once employed by a company who licenses these applications. Or, perhaps then I might have a justification to purchase them for contract work and the like.
I was wondering if Adobe has any plans in the pipeline as far as making these other applications available under this Cloud model .
Thanks for the feedback, I haven't heard of any plans to make a subscription version available for the Technical Communications Suite but will pass along that their are customers who are interested in such an option.
The new TCS4 suite is available for subscription now:
$69/month for a year commitment or $99/month. It's a tougher proposition at $70 as (for now) I'd just be using them to learn on and have 2 of the 5 apps via the Creative Suite. Student pricing would help.
In any case, the option is now at least available, just sharing a link.
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