I am a one man office and use different software for different projects (and probably never get really good at any of them).
I purchased Abobe InDesign some time ago, and upgraded to CS3 when it became available. I really haven't had a need for an upgraded version in a while... until now. I was prepared to upgrade; but, it appears there is no upgrade path available from my present version.
Am I just out of luck? For the amount of time I would use the software, it isn't worth the price of a new license. I still have the CS3 version on a backup system, and can do what I need to do from there if necessary. Or, I could compromise by moving to something less capable than CS6; but, for my present needs I can get by without all the features.
I read another post here that discussed an offer that was made before the end of 2012. Maybe that was only in Europe. Or, maybe it was never sent to me.
I know each software company must make money. I hope they understand, though, that in order to retain loyal program licensees, the program cost must be reasonable... especially to one-man-bands like me.
Am I missing something, or am I just out of luck upgrading?
You're out of luck if you want upgrade pricing. Adobe announced a year or so ago that upgrades would be limited to one version back beginning January 1, 2013.
You may want to look into Creative Cloud. It's a bargain at 29.99/month and will include CS7 when it's released.
Details here: http://bit.ly/WqroTc
If all you need is page layout for print or pdf you could also look at Serif Plus (Windows only, AFAIK) or the open source (free) Scribus.
Thanks for your reply.
I'm a packrat for information. I can't find information from Adobe regarding the policy; but, sometimes I think important information gets burried in emails that look more like sales advertisements. If I missed it... I guess it's my bad.
I have been licensing software for my small business since 1983. I have current licenses for Autodesk products, Microsoft products, Adobe Acrobat Professional as well as programs that I haven't kept up on because I use the programs infrequently.
I refuse to pay for software that I can't hold in my hand. Paying a monthly subscription fee for Cloud access (to the tune of about two or three times the old (relative) upgrade cost of a program like this is something that won't fly with me... I'll continue to run older OSs on backup machines just so I can continue to use the older program versions.
Thanks for the recommendation of Serif Plus and Scribus. I'll definitely take a look.
I do appreciate your input. I hope my point of view doesn't sound too backwards.
My suggestion for people like you, who don't make enough from Creative Suite products to justify the outlay to stay current, is this: Use the one-month demo of any new CS version to get familiar with it and learn the new features. When a CSx job comes along, pay for Creative Cloud month-to-month. If your project doesn't net enough to make that work for you, then Scribus is your only obvious option.
You might find Serif Plus and/or Scribus will meet your needs. But frankly, if InDesign CS3 does what you need, don't bother upgrading. It'll become a problem if you need to exchange files with someone who does make enough from CS products to justify staying current, but if this is not a predictable need for you - if you just make PDFs for print - then why stop using CS3?
Can you point me to where there is reference by Adobe to paying month-to-month? I may be interested in that option. I am not interested, though, in being locked in to a one year contract... even it if means getting the lower rate. It would just be a waste of resources.
If you look at the link I posted earlier you can click on the Creative Cloud choice there. You can get intro pricing with an annual contract or pay more (I think it's $70) for a month to month choice.
I may have another way to help you though...Are you on Windows or Mac? If Windows send me a private message.