I am a very small player in the design world. I basically do edits and some small projects for clients as part of a much larger suite of services I offer. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to open new files (CS6 or CC) with InDesign CS5, and I'd like to upgrade. However, Adobe's switch to subscription fees is making this very difficult. The $50 / month that it costs to subscribe to Creative Cloud costs much more than the $250 I would spend to upgrade InDesign every few years (I upgraded to CS5 in 2010, which works out to $7/mo.), and it's hard to justify the subscription fee on a monthly basis since I don't make the majority of my living with Adobe products.
Is it worth paying $250 to upgrade to CS6 (the final non-subscription option)? This doesn't give me the ability to open CC files, so it seems pretty futile.
My current options are:
At this point, I'm not sure I can justify the $50 / month. Adobe seems to be geared to people who use their products for full-time work, and is working diligently to push us small players out of the market. This is very disappointing for me, as I'd like to keep doing what I love to do.
You can subscribe to InDesign only for $20/month and stay up to date. You're
pretty much throwing good money after bad buying CS6.
With CS6 you will be now 2 versions behind the current version. Since the CC launched we had CS6, CC and CC2014.
When you buy CS6 (which is not available in every country anymore) you will also get a lot of files you might not be able to open.
I would recommend to subscribe to the InDesign CC program only in your case.