Much has been written about Adobe’s switch from “we sell software” to “we lease software.” It’s a discussion worth having.
There have been millions, fine, tens of thousands of comments on the Photography sites that I follow. Few are happy with this heroin inspired “sales” model. The more cogent comments point out the fact that Photoshop files will unusable if at any time in the future you stop your subscription/lease of their products.
Also, what is to prevent Adobe from raising prices in the future?
But for all the dust that has been kicked up, the new CC way of leasing rather than selling only formalizes what has been true for years. Adobe is largely without significant competition in several key areas (some of the competition bought long ago by Adobe.) Photoshop, which is the lone Adobe product I own, has been moribund for years. It’s bloatware with a God awful interface. It’s evolution, much like MS Office, slowed to glacial long ago.
Photoshop has been the Devil for years. But it’s a fairly capable Devil and one that we know.
I started pealing away from Adobe when they bought GoLive and then let it die. Fine, maybe it deserved to die but lots of folks had web sites that used GoLive and Adobe didn’t give a rat’s behind. They did offer a discount on Dreamweaver and that just rubbed salt.
With the killing of GoLive (and much of Macromedia’s catalogue of apps) it occurred to me that Adobe was clearly not a company that deserved my money. Adobe made some of the better to best tools but they were always priced at a premium level while, especially in recent years, they were not evolving as premium level tools should.
So, separate price, separate lease vs buy and any other argument that folks have made about this switch, it’s Adobe that is the problem.