How can a infrequent user of a single Adobe product (Illustrator) use the application for a reasonable amount of money?
Have you considered the Single App Monthly (month-by-month) plan for Illustrator only @ $30/month?
Use one month at a time and cancel any time. Renew any time as required.
Yes, John, I have considered the pricing plans that Adobe offers.
A requirement to pay $30 to open a file I may have worked on months ago, just to make a small change and export? Yes, I have given consideration to that scenario. In my opinion, it is unsatisfactory. Thanks for the comment.
I was more responding to your comment about using it intensively for a month then not for the rest of the year. That scenario is covered by the monthly plan (pay $30 for 30 days use then no more for the rest of the year).
As you say, minor edits occasionally through the year are not cost effective.
On the face of it, the $30 for every monthly use seems like it might be a good solution for intermittent users. But, as a designers, I think many of us might like to take a brief look at an idea (sometimes just for the fun of it.) And so, if during one month I want to take a peek at some of my work with no real intention of doing any work, I would need to pay $30 to look at my own work. This kind of situation creates a kind of "double bind" for me. It's an uneasy feeling, having a kind of oppressive effect on the creative flow of ideas. Consider this case scenario: "I think I can improve that logo I did last summer. I wonder what this change would look like?" Well, to find out that will be $30.00. For me, that's an uncomfortable position. Again, thanks for the thoughtful reply.