Not Ready for Full Creative Cloud? Subscribe to CS6 for $19 a Month
[UPDATE (May 6th) – Special! Adobe is now offering any single tool for just $9.99 a month for upgraders, for a limited time...]
With the increasing popularity of Adobe’s new Creative Cloud, some readers are telling us they’re not sure if they need all the tools that are included in the Cloud offering, or aren’t quite ready to join for US$49 a month…
Typically in these cases customers believe their only two choices are between purchasing CS6 in the traditional way vs. the Creative Cloud.
Fortunately there is a third option now – although this still remains underpublicized to most people. There is a new choice between paying US$700 for Photoshop CS6, and signing on for the full Creative Cloud…
The third route is called Single-App Membership – also known as the CS subscription editions. And it means you can now get full access to the very latest version of any single Creative Suite application for just US$14-19 a month – including Photoshop CS6, InDesign CS6, Illustrator CS6, Acrobat XI Pro, and more.
Importantly, these CS6 programs do not run online or “in the cloud” – your single-app membership lets you download and install the applications directly on your own computer desktop, providing you all the same features and functionality of regular Creative Suite products. Included with the plan you also get a free sign-up with the Creative Cloud, as well as 20GB of online storage and the ability to sync and share your work on virtually any device. You can also run the software on up to two of your computers, including both a PC and a Mac.
This option is available worldwide, making these tools more affordable to everyone without the large upfront cost… The best news is all major new releases (like Creative Suite 7) plus exclusive interim updates are immediately available for you to download and use as a member at no additional cost – there’s no more waiting or wondering or paying extra to upgrade! You can always be running the best and most current CS version, and be your most productive.
There are both annual and month-to-month plans for increased flexibility. The month-by-month option costs more, but you can stop and start access as needed. So if there’s a period of time where you won’t need to use the software, you can simply turn it off and pay nothing – then reactivate when you want to run it again, without needing to reinstall.
Generally, the math works out pretty attractively – for example, instead of needing to come up with $1000 for a static version of After Effects CS6, you can get over four years of the latest and most powerful releases of After Effects (CS6, CS7, CS8, etc) with the annual plan.
A dozen different Adobe applications are now offered this way – see the complete list of products you can get. And if you want to upgrade from a single app to the full Creative Cloud down the line, that’s no problem as Adobe will credit your account for your unused amount.
All of the standard CS6 free trials can also be converted to single-app memberships without reinstalling the software. And if for some reason you should decide within 30 days of joining that it’s not for you, you can easily cancel for a full refund.
Do you have any questions about Adobe’s Creative Suite single-app subscription editions? Just ask them below and we’ll get you answers fast!