Creative Suite 6 was released on Monday and has brought with it some changes to Adobe’s previous upgrade policies… Here below is a full summary.
The first change, which we wrote about late last year, is the amended “one-version back” policy which states that current owners of CS3 or CS4 products (tools or suites) will receive temporary upgrade pricing to CS6 until December 31, 2012 – and after that date, only owners of CS5 or CS5.5 will qualify for upgrade pricing to CS6 (or to CS6.5 due out mid-2013).
The second revision is that all CS6 upgrades can only be purchased directly from Adobe in most countries – resellers and retailers will not be offering them (except for volume licenses which are still available on Adobe.com or through channel partners).
The final change now has to do with upgrade paths. Before you could upgrade from an individual point product to a suite containing that product, either in the same release or a subsequent release. So if you owned Photoshop CS6 then you could upgrade from that to CS6 Design & Web Premium, or to (say) CS7 Master Collection down the road.
But this will not be possible going forward… For Creative Suite 6, you can upgrade to a newer version of the same application you already own (e.g., Photoshop CS5 -> Photoshop CS6), but not to a suite. In other words, owners of individual applications qualify for upgrade pricing to the same product, but not to a suite edition.
Similarly, if you decide to buy Photoshop CS6 now, you would not be able to later upgrade from that program to any full suite, whether it be CS6 or a future release like CS7 or CS8. Price reductions are not offered if you want to move from any standalone tool to a suite edition.
However, owners of any previous suite will still be able to upgrade to any available Creative Suite 6 suite. So if you own any CS3, CS4, or CS5 suite, you can upgrade to any CS6 suite edition no problem (for CS3 and CS4 users only until the end of 2012, as mentioned earlier). CS2 and earlier software is too far back to qualify.
But oddly, there is no longer any way to upgrade between two different suites within the same release… Meaning if you currently owned CS6 Design Standard and wanted to upgrade to CS6 Master Collection with discounted pricing, there is no way to do it now. You’d have to wait until CS6.5 or CS7 come out to get upgrade pricing to a bigger package – either that, or purchase the additional CS6 tool(s) you want now standalone.
So what this means is a little more deliberation is necessary before deciding which CS6 product you’re going to get. Whichever track you choose, you can expect to stay on that track. If you purchase a standalone product, your upgrade path will keep you on just that product. If you purchase a suite edition, then your path will be for a choice of future suites going forward. Here Adobe is saying to decide carefully now, because you can no longer mix the paths.
You might think, “oh, maybe you can buy a CS5 suite on eBay and then upgrade from that”… As covered previously, we absolutely do not recommend that.
One other point – what if you need to run your software on both the Windows and Mac operating systems? Then you might want to take a look at how to buy CS6 multi-platform.
Note that per Adobe’s Creative Suite purchasing policies, you’ve never been able to go the other way – in other words, there’s never an option for upgrade pricing from a previous suite edition to a standalone CS application… The reason is because of the deep discounts Adobe builds into the suite collections, typically containing 7-9 different tools. Therefore, it’s not possible to upgrade just a single program or product from within a Creative Suite package.
For more information and details on Creative Suite 6 worldwide pricing, upgrades, availability, and system requirements, see our companion CS6 Launch Guide. Or read more about how CS6 is different from previous versions like CS5.5, including a detailed product-by-product breakout of what’s new in every application.
You can get started using the new products right away by downloading the free trials and then taking advantage of 30 hours of free new video tutorials or over 1,000 pages of free downloadable e-books to learn them.
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