Existing CS Customers Still Able to Save 40%-50% on Creative Cloud
It’s been a busy year with the launch of the new “CC” release in the spring and many (included) product upgrades released since that time, but recently Adobe confirmed they are going to be extending their popular Creative Cloud 40%-off discount upgrade offer for existing customers of CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5, or CS6:
“Based on strong customer demand, Adobe will continue to provide Creative Suite customers worldwide (CS3 and later) the option of joining Creative Cloud Complete for 40% off or $29.99 / £27.34 / €36,89 / A$29.99 a month for the first year.”
The updated terms and conditions show that this upgrade discount offer for CS3 through CS6 to CC will be available until May 30, 2014:
If you don’t feel you’re ready for the full Cloud or would just need/use one Adobe tool at this time, there’s also the option of individual product subscriptions such as getting Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC or After Effects CC (historically $600-$1000) for $19.99 a month with a Single-App Kembership. And if you’re upgrading from a previous release of Photoshop then you may qualify for the new PS Photography Bundle which includes Photoshop CC + Lightroom 5 and more for just $9.99/month (which is 50% off the regular price of just Photoshop by itself).
So if you’re trying to decide which path to choose, there are different pros and cons to consider. If you prefer traditional licensing, then last year’s CS6 is still being sold by Adobe but is the end-of-the-line – the last supported version. If instead you want to check out the Creative Cloud (even with a lifetime free level of membership), Adobe will continue to focus all ongoing and future innovation there – with new tools, added services, and included upgrades.
Here’s a guide to help compare:
While the company is continuing to offer the older CS6, at the same time they are now seeing 80% of purchasing customers using more of their tools with the Creative Cloud. The Cloud has gained millions of users already and receives nearly 5-star reviews from customers, and so the company is now putting all of its resources there.
What does Creative Cloud contain? Well, in addition to the entire CC Master Collection, you also get Lightroom 5 for photography, Behance ProSite for building a professional online portfolio, Digital Publishing Suite for iPad app publishing, Typekit web & desktop fonts, five Business Catalyst websites, Muse site creation, Edge tools & services, … – and Adobe will continue to add more value there on a regular basis.
Which path is right for you is a question only you can answer. If you go with the perpetual licensing, you pay a higher upfront cost for a static version of the software. If you go with the Creative Cloud, there’s a world of the latest & greatest tools plus other benefits at a lower monthly price point.
For students and teachers the deal is even better – Adobe is offering 60% (or $30) off Cloud memberships to education customers but with no previous software ownership required.
Existing volume licensing customers also get a first-year discount of $30 per month with the new Creative Cloud for Teams.
Check this helpful FAQ for 90 other frequent questions about the Creative Cloud: