Adobe offers a new more reasonably-priced Cloud option for Photographers for $10/month (must have CS3 or later)
IFA 2013 wasn't the only trade show happening the last few days. At Photoshop World, Adobe announced yet another attempt at a Photographer-priority Creative Cloud offering, this one priced closer to reality, closer to Netflix, $10 per month (or 10 euro in Europe or 1K yen in Japan).
This offer is only good for photographers who own CS3 or later!
The $10 per month price is good as long as you sign up by December-31-2013. Their blog-post announcement stresses that this is not an introductory price. The Dec-31-2013 deadline is for signing-up. If you sign up by then, the price will be $10 on-going. They don't guarantee that the price will never change.
This includes both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, along with their recently-purchased Behance ProSite, along with 20GB of online storage, and access to their training resources. Since this is a Cloud subscription, you will receive all the new updates and upgrades. The decision point here is obviously Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 combined. This subscription is $120 per year. Versus buying Photoshop and Lightroom stand-alone upgrades every year / every other year.
Adobe has a short FAQ page that answers half a dozen questions, including whether existing Creative Cloud members qualify for this offer. Their answer:
"Customers who have already joined a Creative Cloud Single App membership for Photoshop at the $9.99/month level (or corresponding local pricing matching the pricing provided in the question above) will be automatically transitioned to this new program when it ships in a few weeks, with the additional benefits and lower ongoing price. All other Creative Cloud members who meet the qualification requirements may contact Adobe Customer Service once the new offer is shipping in a few weeks, to discuss transitioning their membership to this new offer."
The FAQs also address the question of pricing and notes that you only get one shot at the price. If you cancel and then want to start again, the $10/month will not be available. So if you are a seasonal Photoshop user, you only get one shot at this price. Here is their price answer:
"Customers who sign up by December 31, 2013 will be able to continue their membership. This price is not a special introductory price for your first year only; it is the standard price for this level of membership. But if you cancel your membership in the future, you will not be able to re-join at this special price."
The Cloud is a giant Hoover devouring almost everything these days. But cloud or no cloud, for dedicated and crucial software like Photoshop and Lightroom, there is a certain level of discomfort for some photographers/creatives with the "software as a monthly subscription" model. Perhaps also a certain level of mistrust as companies have been known to screw up intentionally or unintentionally. One of the biggest fears of many who depend on CS/LR for their work/art is that one day they'll wake up and due to some intentional/unintentional provider change/issue/screw-up, they will lose access to their software or will have to pay a significantly higher amount to continue using it. Adobe has yet to address this.