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Such a Deal
Like many Photoshop fans, Adobe's announcement this spring of the Creative Cloud was annoying and disconcerting. Since Photoshop has been an essential part of my creative workflow, I have been upgrading my versions of the program since Photoshop 5. I have always felt that keeping up to date was part of the routine cost of doing business. What price do you put on magic that keeps getting more magical every year.
Adobe's switch to a subscription model was a shock. We were told that former users of the program could subscribe to Photoshop CC for the first year at a monthly rate of $9.95. Not too painful, but after the first year the cost would go up to the regular, one
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There were legions of loyal customers out there in the same dilemma and Adobe heard the screams. We are all willing to pay for powerful tools to perfect our images, but we don't want to feel abused and taken for granite. To their credit Adobe listened and, recognizing the special needs of photographers, came up with a much more reasonable deal.
The Photographers Creative Cloud
In early September, the Photoshop Photography Program was announced. It not only includes Photoshop CC, but also Lightroom 5, 20 GB of cloud storage, a Behance ProSite, and ongoing upgrades and updates, all for $9.99/month. That is what I was paying for Photoshop CC alone and is cheaper than what It used to cost to purchase the regular updates of these programs. Seems to be a no-brainer, but there must be a catch.
There is Always a Catch
The first catch is that the program is only available to those with a registered copy of Photoshop CS3 or later and you must "join thecloud" by December 31, 2013 The
Biting the Bullet
So last week I finally made the switch to the Photographer's Plan. Itwas a bit confusing for the Adobe folks since I had to cancel myPhotoshop CC subscription and then sign up for the new plan,
The Photographer Plan seems made for those of us who update Photoshop regularly. This appears especially true for those who useLightroom as well, but for Photographers who rely on Photoshop
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Overall I think photographers have been happy with Adobe's special deal. It give us what we need without charging for a lot we don't. I can live with it at least until the next announcement from my Adobe overlords. I would love to hear what you think of this new offering.
For more info:
Photoshop Photography Program