Photoshop to become a subscription based service
It seems that Photoshop creators Adobe quite literally have their head in the clouds as they have announced that they are moving away from developing single license software and making their Creative Suite, including Photoshop, a subscription based cloud service.
The announcement came during the keynote speech of the Adobe Max Creativity Conference, claiming that “sweeping changes” were to be made to the Creative Suite programs.
Adobe will stop the sale of perpetual licenses and move completely to a subscription-based pricing system for all former CS apps. Creative Cloud (CC) is currently priced at approx £50 per month for individuals who purchase an annual subscription. Existing Adobe customers who own CS3 through CS5.5 get the first year of Creative Cloud at a promotional price and educational pricing is also still available. More importantly for many photographers, single app pricing will be available on a yearly basis.
So what about us photographers? Well, whether professional or amateur, this is going to be quite a major change. Adobe have said that CS6 will continue to be available as a perpetual license and will be supported through the next significant upgrade to the Mac and Windows operating systems, however, there will be no further development for that version. Going forward, if you want to use Photoshop, you will have to have a Creative Cloud subscription of some sort.
We are yet to get the full details on everything involved with these changes to the Adobe Creative Suite, but we will keep you up to date as and when we hear anything. On the technical side, while internet connectivity is going to be required, the new apps will not (despite the slightly misleading name) be cloud-based apps that require a constant internet connection.
These will still be dedicated software programs that you download and install to your computer. You we still be able to work offline as you would with any version of Photoshop you have used in the past. The major difference with this new service is that if you don’t pay your subscription fee, the software will cease to work.
There has been quite a stir caused in the photographic community, with a petition protesting the changes already gaining momentum. We would love to know what you think about these changes, so please head over to our Facebook page and get the discussion going.