First time using the Forum, have just purchased a full version of Design Premium CS4, but have realised that it is a commercial version. With a commercial license do you have to renew the license every year or two, or does it act like any other retail version. I have 14 days to send the product back just thought i would ask the question.
Commercial just means there are no limitations to the product and that you can install on one desktop and one laptop it is the "retail" version. The licensed versions are different and per computer regardless of the type. The only other version is a student version.
To your question of paying every x amount of years, the rule of thumb that Adobe has is that they do require that products be upgraded at least once every 3 releases. So this would mean if you have MX2004/CS, then CS4 was the last opportunity to upgrade, if you have Studio 8/CS2, CS5 will be your last opportunity to upgrade, etc, etc. At that point if you do not upgrade you would have to buy another full version and then the same upgrading rule would apply.
Thankyou for your quick response that is really helpful.