the draconian requirement to be online
Can you elaborate?
Cloud members with an annual membership only need to be online every 99 days or so for a license check.
http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/faq.html#No. Your Creative Cloud desktop applications (such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator) are installed directly on your computer, so you won't need an ongoing Internet connection to use them on a daily basis.
An Internet connection is required the first time you install and license your desktop apps, but you can use the apps in offline mode with a valid software license. The desktop apps will attempt to validate your software licenses every 30 days.
For annual members, you can use the apps for up to 99 days in offline mode. Month-to-month members can use the software for up to 30 days in offline mode."
Exactly. Maybe you missed it? You just mentioned it yourself!
Every 99 days "or so" for me has been a once a month hassle at the least. I am constantly having to "deactivate/reactivate" my account because something goes awry and I can no longer access the software. This requires that I be online.
Not everyone can be online all the time every day. Most of the time I don't have internet access at work. I do realize the suite does not require "all the time every day" connection. But when I am out in the field working and all of a sudden the suite won't start because of some issue or another and internet is required to fix that; it can be a big problem. I often don't have internet and I've lost work and clients because of Adobe's CC subscription scheme.
My brand new laptop which I bought in December and installed CC on sits at home. I haven't even turned it on in 3 months because CS6 is so much more reliable and has never cost me a client.
I don't think I missed it. I'm saying that every 99 days or so is normal for most. That's my experience.
I'm saying there's no draconian requirement. It's the exception, not the rule. For some reason, you seem to have issues with constant activation/deactivation but that's not by design.
I'm grateful that I'm in the lucky category because, although I often read about this in the forums, I've never gone through it myself - and never want to.
Every 99 days or so, even at every 99 days or so, is still a problem... by design or not there is issues and the system Adobe has does not work for me.
I don't use any other software that is this crazy. I'll pay for a USB key to get around the internet requirements, like -most- software, but Adobe doesn't offer this.
I do -not- like Cloud -anything-. I want local files, install disks, perpetual liscences. This move to subscriptions is creating problems.
Stop defending Adobe products if you've never had an issue yet you seem to be reading about them "often" in the forums.
I did NOT want a subscription.
I got past my reservations and bought into it anyway.
And I got screwed.
Creative Cloud Suite failed. Multiple times. And I have gotten rid of it.
I think you might have the wrong definition of "draconian" as well...
The results of not following the online requirements are termination of your abiltiy to use the softare. That is fairly draconian by definition.
draconian: very severe or cruel
The rules aren't "miss your activation check and you have another 30 days notice before you're deactivated". That would be non-draconian.
Its not the frequency. Its the punishment.