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  1. Gigi

    Thanks for this, it explains some things better than Adobe does, or things that Adobe doesn’t explain at all.

  2. John

    Have been using Elements for years and took a stab at Lightroom, but couldn’t figure how to keep my existing albums in present form and use in Lightroom… Can this be done ???

  3. Gian

    The math works out to show CC subscriptions to be more cost effective than purchasing a license to the Master Suite. That looks good. After purchasing the license to the suite you were not obligated to upgrade, you could use it as long as you wanted.

    What happens in the case of cancelling a subscription? Do you still have the ability to open and edit files you created while subscribed or is your access to the files revoked? I’ve heard others compare this to subscription TV service and I don’t see any correlation between the two (one is a consumption arrangement while the other is a creation arrangement).

    Please explain clearly so I’ll know (and others, I’m sure) if this is truly a viable option for creative software.

    Thank you.

    • Well, Creative Cloud has several times as many customers than its predecessor (CS6) ever did. So it’s definitely proven viable. And that would have never happened if there weren’t quality (i.e., excellent tools) or fairness (e.g., budget-friendly pricing). In fact, the goal of affordable cost of entry has put Adobe’s creative tools in reach for many more people.

      Regarding consumption vs. creation, renowned illustrator Kyle T. Webster of KyleBrush said recently:

      “Many people I don’t think are aware that you can subscribe to Photoshop and Lightroom for $10 a month. That to me is an incredible opportunity because you know you pay more than that for Netflix and Netflix doesn’t make you any money – but Photoshop, if you’re a designer or illustrator, that software is making you many, many times more in your revenue stream.”

      More to follow…

    • As for how to open your files at some point in the future if you no longer have a CC subscription? Well, the free level of Cloud membership (which you retain permanently at no cost) will allow you to open, display, and manipulate files in some of the most common Adobe formats (types including .PSD, .AI, .INDD, etc).

      Similarly, you can use the preview and display capabilities of Adobe Bridge CC, which is free for everyone, for life.

      There also exist third-party utilities like XnView (free), which will read and write Photoshop .PSD files, and also opens Adobe Illustrator .AI files. ID Util (also free) will read and display any InDesign or InCopy file. Like Photoshop’s published .PSD format, Adobe PDF is another publicly-documented specification, and various programs can read and write those files.

      Adobe will also be resetting a new round of free CC trials at least once every year that will work fully and open your files for 7 days. So if your paid membership has expired, then short-term opening or editing your files down the road could be as simple as just grabbing the latest free trial and firing it up.

      And then there’s always a Creative Cloud month-to-month membership available if you want to do more intensive work, for as long or as short as that is. You would pay only for the months you needed to.

      Bottom line, there should never a case where you are denied access to open your work or files – it’s just that it may not necessarily be 100% free guaranteed, depending on what you want to do with them. But obviously the maintenance of all professional software in working order has costs and tradeoffs, even for standalone perpetual tools.

  4. George Blass

    I want to purchase a CC subscription for a year at the discounted Black Friday price. The computer I intend to run CC on will not be available for approximately 30 days. Does the date I purchase start the clock running or can I delay the download and installation until my new computer is available? May I download CC as soon as the link is sent and delay activation until the new computer is available? My current computer does not meet the minimum requirements to run CC.

    Thank you,
    George Blass

    • Hey George, great question. According to Adobe’s official Subscription and Cancellation Terms “Your subscription begins as soon as your initial payment is processed.”

      In other words, the date you make your purchase does indeed start your paid subscription term, and it is not possible to defer or delay it by downloading or activating your software later.

      Though, as you may know, Adobe’s holiday offers are for upwards of 40% off, which would be equivalent to almost five months free out of your first year.

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