Adobe Creative Cloud

You know what, if PhotoShop ran on Linux I'd actually be tempted by the whole Creative Cloud shenanigans Adobe has come up with.

Adobe Creative Cloud is kinda a good idea, but a big shift in thinking.

Creative Cloud is Adobe's foray into software sorta as-a-service, and is the only way you'll be able to get tools like PhotoShop and Illustrator in the future. It's a monthly subscription model rather than the outright thousands of dollars you'd otherwise be paying, and it's been causing a bit of controversy amongst professionals who can no longer purchase the product outright.

Small(er), Discrete Payment

While I hate the idea of licensing software and not actually having any resale or physical rights over it, this subscription model actually appeals to me precisely because I don't have that much invested in the product.

The extent of my Creative Suite use is basically viewing, exporting and converting documents that no other programs can open. I don't really care about it beyond that.

I have an old copy of Creative Suite that I never bothered to update, and I don't hold it in high enough regard to purchase the new version. So a subscription option appeals, solely because I'm never going to spend tens of hundreds of dollars outright to upgrade it, and I don't especially care if a subscription service stops working in a month's time after I've finished using it.

Low Barrier to Entry

Don't get me wrong, Adobe Products are great, but I just don't care for them.
Previously using Adobe products was a bit of a chore with the whole going to a store and buying a box, subject to the insane markups we seem to foot for buying software in Australia, then finding an old optical drive to install the software.

I'm exaggerating a bit here, but there's a number of reasons I'm not going to upgrade to a new Creative Suite any time soon. The cloud option appeals because I don't have to upgrade, it's kinda already there. Sure, there's the recurring payment aspect, but this is something I can opt into when I need it rather than paying a huge figure up-front.

Pass on the cost

The main benefit I see here is that I can subscribe for a month and drop the subscription as I require it.

This means I've got a discrete cost that I can pass this cost straight on to my clients if they require work with these products. This way I can deal easily with Adobe proprietary files as needed as well as encourage the use of less encumbered formats.

It's a two-fold benefit, and will hopefully mean I'll end up spending less on software in the long run.

Of course mine isn't an especially usual use case, and people who rely on these products every day for their own work are probably fresh out of luck. I know a lot of people in my position who have shifted to alternative products, and this is only going to be good for the software ecosystem because it means less people will be locked into proprietary software in the future.

But that's another article.