Those are your options. Higher numbered version of any Adobe software are not free but require a purchase of the new version.
They made what I would call a very quiet announcement that the upgrade paths that we used to expect were being closed off. That was, what, a year and a half ago?
It should detail your upgrade path and price.
I expect to pay for the upgrade. But usually the upgrade cost is less than buying from scratch. I can't figure out how to buy the ugrade that gets me to CS5. Guessing I have to go to that before updgrading again to CS6.
They won't let you buy CS5 anymore.
Your initial post demonstrates a full grasp of your only options.
The site only pushes me to creative cloud or a new purhase of CS6. I would happily update to 5 or 6. I just don't see any options except joining creative clourd or buying 6 independently.
You have only one path that will give you a break and that's to Creative
Cloud. You can get the first year for $29.99/month.
Beyond that you can pay for a perpetual CS6 license but it will be full
price. For any of the suites, it will take you years to make up the
difference in cost for Creative Cloud and by then you'll be years out of
And I disagree with Joel about the upgrade changes being made quietly.
It was made clear and it was made a year in advance but it's still the
users' responsibility to stay up to date on these types of things.
Yeah, Bob, I used the phrase "what I'd call" a quiet etc. with you in mind. It was absolutely clear, if you follow the tech news or visited the Adobe website.
Thanks all! It was a very bad user experience on the site simply trying to find out where to upgrade. I'll buy CS5 from a third-party for now. Understood the monthly fee ends up seeming cheaper, but it's hard for me to rationalize b/c I only use this software maybe twice a year for certain projects. So I'd have to keep turning on and off my subscription.
As an aside, I have the design suite, and once you have that, you can't upgrade just InDesign either. It was all or nothing. I found that out after I purchased the InDesign upgrade last year. They did let me return it.
It's a good thing they make good products because there site UX, customer service, and general upgrade policies aren't exactly consumer friendly!
Thanks for helping clarify that my confusion was warranted! :-)
I'll buy CS5 from a third-party for now.
Beware: Doing that in legitimate fashion may not be as easy as it seems.
You know you can subscribe on a month to month basis for a single
application. Might be worth looking into if you only need it for a month
here and there.
You know me too well.