If you have never downloaded a trial of CS5 you could gain 30 days while you try it out.
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The most cost effective way to do this is to purchase during the "Grace Period," but I'm not sure the timing will work for you.
Basically VS6 will be anounced in April, and will be available a few weeks later in May; this period, between the anouncement and the actual release, is the Grace Period.
If you purchase CS5 during this time you will get CS6 free-of-charge once it's available, although you'll have to contact Adobe's Customer Service with proof of purchase etc to do so.
I like to download direct from Adobe. You get the upgrade as soon as it becomes available, you will always have access to your install file from your Orders page (folk do sometimes lose CDs), and you obviously have proof of purchase.
Looking at those options and thinking about the dates, $35 a month is going to be much less than the upgrade price if you buy now. In fact if you use the trial version for 30 days, that saves you $35
This sounds like a great idea, would you suggest doing the subscription in the meantime?
If you do the trial you get 30 days free, then you could do the monthly.
Like Trevor says if you can buy CS5 less than 30 days before the announcemt you could get a free upgrade. But the announcement date is not pre-released. But lots of rumors!
kbg, I would try the trial first, you might want to try PsElements, to try the basic functionnality, then the Photoshop one, so that you have two months of trial...
Or try the Photoshop trial, and rent if for the remaining period...
I purchased my CS5 and will be purchasing CS6 - even without the deblurring! - so I'm not up on the subscription option, but PECourtejoie gave you a good idea in trying out the Elements, then Photoshop, to which I might add Lightroom.
I know a LOT of people, both full time professionals as well as serious amateurs, who love Lightroom, and they tell me they rarely open up Photoshop these days as Lightroom does +90% of what they need. As all 3 products are available on 30 day demos, that will buy you a lot of time until the grace period kicks in and you can go ahead and make your CS5 purchase.