Tuesday January 31, 2017

Adobe Pulls The Plug On Creative Suite

While the concept was met with substantial whining when it debuted in 2012, Adobe has managed to make serious bank off Creative Cloud, which comprises the subscription-based versions of their design software. Not surprisingly, Adobe has decided to go all in and dump the idea of a boxed edition entirely (namely, Creative Suite 6). I will just echo my thoughts from the Office 365 postآ—while I am probably paying more in the long run, the regular, steady flow of new features makes the monthly payment worth it to me. The Creative Cloud app could use improvement, though. I’m not sure if it is just crappy coding, but oftentimes it feels like a virtualized program.

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آ…at the beginning of this year, you could still purchase a brand new boxed copy of Adobe’s four-year-old Creative Suite 6 by calling an Adobe call center. But as of January 9th, Adobe officially pulled the plug on CS6: now it’s Creative Cloud or bust. Today, the page greets you with a new message: "Adobe creative apps are available exclusively through Creative Cloud." Followed by, in smaller type at the bottom, "As of January 9, 2017 Creative Suite is no longer available for purchase." Of course, this comes as no great surprise for any of usآ—Adobe has made no mystery of its intent to move 100% to the subscription model, and it stopped updating CS6 years ago. But it does beg the question: what about Lightroom.