Okay, I don't really understand what's going on here. As a poor student, paying my own way, why would I NOT want to go with the Buck-A-Day Cloud program? As a web and interactive media student, it has everything I could need and automatic updates. Okay, I (think) I underastand it runs on my browser (the trial didn't). But, if I can get almost $3,000 worth of top of the line, industry standard software for a buck-a-day, why isn't this better than sliced bread? Please help me out. My trial expires around the first of the month and I have every intention of joining the cloud so, if you know why this isn't as cool an offer as I think it is, PLEASE respond!!!
- Sharon Harmon
So you're asking about the downside of the Cloud?
The primary downside is that you never stop paying your monthly fee.
To keep using the software beyond CS6 into CS7 and CS8 and onwards you are forever paying the monthly fee. That stops some people dead in their tracks because they refuse to subscribe to software on principle. Others embrace it based on what they'd normally pay to upgrade over several years anyway.
Its value to you is really up to you to determine. If you think it's a winner, then go for it.
Bear in mind that when you stop paying, you lose all access to the software and your ability to edit your existing files (unless you own an earlier version).
You can then either re-join the Cloud or buy the full (perpetual license) version outright again if it's still available.
Other than that the Cloud offers what it says on the box: full access to all Master Collection apps plus other Adobe services such as web hosting.
Thanks for your prompt reply. The price of full versions v. subscription is something to consider, for sure. The way I see it, as a student, it would take 2700 days to equal the price of buying everything offered. Once I've graduated and know exactly which products fit my needs, then I'll think about buying them but, even then, there are upgrades to purchase once I have a real license. So I'm thinking that if the money is the only downside, then it's a pretty small one. My understanding is you only have to log-on to Adobe once a month to validate your payments. But your point really is a valid one - if I suddenly can't make the buck a day, I've lost everything. I stopped buying upgrades when they went to CS so I would be S.O.L. if I lost my subscription. My school is still at CS5 and oh my, is CS6 nice.
Thanks again for responding -
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