Adobe discontinuing Creative Suite, replacing it with subscription-based Creative Cloud

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Adobe has announced that it’s now going to focus its efforts on the subscription-based Creative Cloud service. However, instead of offering Creative Cloud alongside its traditional (and physical media-based) Creative Suite, it will be replacing it instead.

That means there will be no Creative Suite 7. Professionals that want the latest versions of their program of choice, as well as continuous access to updates, will have to subscribe to the $49.99 per month service. A subscription to Creative Cloud will give you access to every app in the suite, while per app subscriptions will be available for $19.99 per month.  Every program in the suite will be receiving new features, including the industry-standard Photoshop, which is now going to be called Photoshop CC (instead of CS):

The new features will debut when the latest versions of the suite go live on Creative Cloud on June 17th. Adobe will continue to sell Creative Suite products for now, but those programs won’t be receiving any major updates and only bug fixes.

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While obviously not mentioned by Adobe, this new approach to its suite of Creative applications will significantly decrease piracy of their products. Users will be able to access and use all the programs without a connection to the internet, but a monthly verification will be required to validate subscriptions.

What do you think of Adobe’s new cloud-based approach? Let us know in the comments!

[via Adobe]

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  1. Mike D

    [@Darcy] I agree with that. As I said in another post the CS programs are expensive but at least when u buy them thats it you paid and you own them. With this new Cloud thing it seems you’re going to be paying for the rest of your life as long as you want to keep the software. Adobe should at Least give you the choice of say doing the cloud thing and getting extra stuff like access to large font, stock photo and clip art libraries for the monthly payments OR just buying The CS software like you do now and just getting the software with no xtras. But I guess this is Adobes way of making more money like every other company nowadays. Also they know they give you cause lets face it they’re the I industry standard for the most part. Yes alot of people use Corel or Quark but let’s face it more use the Adobe suites. Although with the Creative Cloud thing that may change.

  2. Mike D

    Not liking it. I prefer to have the physical media and only pay for it once rather than on a monthly basis. Because if for whatever reason you may become financially strapped (and nowadays let’s face it this can happen alot) and you can’t make your payment. You lose access to your programs. And another way to look at it is you’re continually paying for something you should only have to pay for once. Gonna miss the days of “owning” software.

  3. RealBull

    [@Seamus McSeamus]
    I agree with you 100% There is actually nothing that can’t be hacked. I think the reason for this is to increase their customers. According to Adobe, it has been successful and claim this is what people prefer. Actually, it may be a good idea for Adobe. The price of their software is untouchable by many poor graphic designers, but by subscribing their software, it can be affordable to a more customers. I read somewhere that if you want only one of the softwares instead of the entire suite, it only costs about $10 a month. This may decrease piracy, but not stop it.

  4. Darcy

    [@Seamus McSeamus] I agree but I don’t think it will last. Their products are too expensive to begin with, they are for professionals after all, but a monthly fee, especially that high? It’s unlikely people will pay that much to use this, they will just stick with what they already have IMO.

  5. Seamus McSeamus

    I understand their reasoning (ie: fighting piracy), but if Adobe thinks this is going to stop anything they are wrong. Unless they go totally cloud-based with everything hosted on their servers, some pirate with a point to prove will find a way to hack their product so that it can be used without subscription validation.

  6. Enrique
    Author/Staff

    [@Gonzo] “Users will be access and use all the programs without a connection to the internet, but a monthly verification will be required to validate subscriptions.”

    These aren’t cloud-based like Google Docs. These are still native applications that you can run on your computer without an internet connection, but with added cloud-centric features to tie them together.

    But yeah, the branding could lead to some confusion. Creative Cloud makes it sound like an online-only service.

  7. Gonzo

    I’m not into design, but still never liked the Adobe apps like Photoshop.
    Still, I think this is one of the dumbest ideas they could have… especially if I am understanding this correctly, and you have to online to work with it.
    I mean:
    -These apps are resource-hungry. Are they sizing their servers accordingly? (I can see Adobe’s server going down like Blizzard or EA when Diablo III and Sim City were released recently).
    -What if I need to use these in a location with no internet access? or with limited GB / day? or with slow connection?
    -Will they backup and ensure availability of the user’s files? Imagine you’ve been working weeks or months in something, then their servers go down and there’s no backup, or the backup is corrupt…

    And many more situations one can think of…