2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 21, 2018 2:21 PM by Mediaman57

    Why Has Adobe Removed The Option For Individuals To Purchase Software And Not Use The Cloud?


      As an individual who has been using Adobe products for about 25 years for my personal use and not as a business, I find the new policy of "renting" the software and using "The Cloud" for, at least in my case, a prohibitive monthly fee, to be totally unacceptable and will result in my no longer being able to afford using Adobe products.   I do not understand why Adobe cannot offer their new cloud program for individuals and companies that may wish to use the new system and have the resources to pay in perpertuity, but they should also have the option for those of us who would rather purchase upgrades for whatever programs we use and keep them on our computer without "The Cloud" service.


      I am 67 years old and living on a fixed income.  I basically use four adobe programs... Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, and Audition as I do volunteer work at a local non-profit radio and tv organization.  If I were to "rent" those individually it would cost $80 per month... so I could take the next deal and get access to all software for $50 per month... I cannot afford either of those.  If I could upgrade one or more of the  programs every two or three years... keeping them on my computer and not using "The Cloud," then continuing to use the products would be doable.  However, being forced into a program that requires a monthly fee and use of "The Cloud" which I do not need to use, seems totally unfair.   I certainly understand that there are  businesses and individuals who will love the new program, but why not have the option?  Or perhaps a "Senior" discount as you do for educators and students?


      Something to think about.  It seems Adobe may be moving to the "Cable Television" model of monthly fees that will go no where but up.

        • 1. Re: Why Has Adobe Removed The Option For Individuals To Purchase Software And Not Use The Cloud?
          ProDesignTools MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          Hey there, you may have heard that Adobe is continuing to sell and support CS6 for customers who prefer traditional licensing.  It's last year's version instead of the latest-and-greatest CC release, but it's something to consider if that's important to you.


          As far as a "senior discount" on Adobe software, there has never been one – but one thing to consider is becoming a student or teacher because there is no age restriction on that, in which case you may become eligible for education discounts.


          Hope this helps.

          • 2. Re: Why Has Adobe Removed The Option For Individuals To Purchase Software And Not Use The Cloud?
            Mediaman57 Level 1

            Thanks for taking the time to offer a couple of suggestions.   I already have CS6 for Premiere, AE and Audition.  I taught high school for 36 years but retired in 2004.  Now if they count "retired teachers" then I might be interested.




            Interesting to read all the complaints about the price increases after I wrote above more than 2 years ago.  I am now 71 years old and volunteer at a local Public Media Television station doing camera work ... video and audio editing for the non-profit station.  I am still using CS6 Audition, Premiere, and After Effects... but very much wish that Adobe had a Seniors discount on their programs... I have switched to CorelDraw and Photo-Paint to replace Illustrator and Photoshop... it has taken some time to navigate the learning curve... but I am getting there.  Would I rather use Adobe?  Sure, because I was used to using it before the subscription service went into effect.

            Anyway, now the prices have gone up even more.... I am totally bailing on Adobe.... too old... too poor to pay that kind of money... but after spending many, many dollars over 20 years or more... I feel a bit betrayed.  I know it does not matter, I am one old fart... but I guess product loyalty doesn't mean much any more.

            Goodbye, Adobe.

            John Lovering