5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 7, 2013 10:57 AM by golf25radioman RSS

    Upgrading policy for future Creative Suite products

    Morriss AD

      Sorry if this topic has been addressed elsewhere. Has Adobe announced what policy will be in place when CS7 and 8 are released? Will we need to be one version back in order to take advantage of upgrade pricing or will they allow you to be able to upgrade from 2 versions back? I'm debating whether or not to go the subscription route or to skip CS6 and wait until CS7 to upgrade.

        • 1. Re: Upgrading policy for future Creative Suite products
          BobLevine UGM

          It's been made very clear that upgrading of perpetual licenses will only be allowed from one version back. CS6 was supposed to be like that but Adobe relented and went back to two versions to give users time to adjust to it. You'll have til 12/31/12 to upgrade to

          CS6 if you still on CS3 or CS4.

           

          Bob

          • 2. Re: Upgrading policy for future Creative Suite products
            Morriss AD Community Member

            Thanks Bob. I thought this might be the case, but I hadn't seen it noted on any FAQ I had looked at.

            • 3. Re: Upgrading policy for future Creative Suite products
              golf25radioman Community Member

              Bob Levine wrote:

               

              It's been made very clear that upgrading of perpetual licenses will only be allowed from one version back. CS6 was supposed to be like that but Adobe relented and went back to two versions to give users time to adjust to it. You'll have til 12/31/12 to upgrade to

              CS6 if you still on CS3 or CS4.

               

              Bob

              Does that mean that there will be a physical CS7, 8, etc., down the road or is the move going to be to Creative Cloud?  I'm unclear what the future holds.  If there will be the choice of which way the user goes.  For some the Cloud will be good, others not.  Thanks for any insight.

               

              Tom

              • 4. Re: Upgrading policy for future Creative Suite products
                BobLevine UGM

                First let's be clear. I do not work for Adobe and at this point have no

                inside knowledge of roadmaps.

                 

                That said, Adobe publicly announced one year upgrade cycles so you can

                safely assume, if they hold to that, that you will see CS7 in the

                spring. When that happens, only CS6 owners will be eligible for upgrade

                pricing so there's no more skipping versions and getting an upgrade.

                 

                Based on that, it is my personal opinion that Adobe wants everyone on

                Creative Cloud. It assures them a steady cash flow and quite frankly,

                for a professional, it's a no brainer. You get every tool they sell for

                $50/month and you get the new versions when they become available. This

                is cheaper than upgrading and the first year is only $29.99/month.

                 

                Bob

                • 5. Re: Upgrading policy for future Creative Suite products
                  golf25radioman Community Member

                  Bob Levine wrote:

                   

                  First let's be clear. I do not work for Adobe and at this point have no

                  inside knowledge of roadmaps.

                   

                  That said, Adobe publicly announced one year upgrade cycles so you can

                  safely assume, if they hold to that, that you will see CS7 in the

                  spring. When that happens, only CS6 owners will be eligible for upgrade

                  pricing so there's no more skipping versions and getting an upgrade.

                   

                  Based on that, it is my personal opinion that Adobe wants everyone on

                  Creative Cloud. It assures them a steady cash flow and quite frankly,

                  for a professional, it's a no brainer. You get every tool they sell for

                  $50/month and you get the new versions when they become available. This

                  is cheaper than upgrading and the first year is only $29.99/month.

                   

                  Bob

                  Bob,

                  Thanks for your insight.  I know when you compare the retail price of a Creative Suite the monthly Cloud does work out, but when one has been upgrading and is a small non profit user of the apps it is hard to justify the $50/month (approx. $600/year - which I agree is half of the Suite retail).  A decision I don't have to make right away, although the $29.99/month first year is tempting.  A close friend was surprised I had CS6 as he was still using CS3, since we're not professionals and both work in the non profit arena and fund our own software (99% at least).  I told him I've been lucky to be able to work out the costs via upgrade prices - although I have to "go without" for a bit to cover it competely.  We'll see what the future brings.  I agree that most likely the future will be Creative Cloud - I can see the writing on the wall.

                   

                  Tom