Photon May 6, 2013 10:40 PM None of the negatives for existing Adobe customers are mentioned in this article. Such as, existing owners of PS will have to pay more for the new product once you add up the monthly payments over 18 months (product version life cycle) versus just paying the usual (former) upgrade price. So, is that the REAL reason for the change? Long-time Adobe customers are not going to be happy. One more monthly bill is not what small-biz operators need. If this new change is making Adobe more money through less pirated software, don't charge your loyal customers more. Charge them less. Dankicity May 7, 2013 03:42 AM Exactly! I'm on a 2+ year old version. I would usually upgrade every other version for about $600. I'll agree with the 18/m cycle, meaning I would upgrade every three years. As an existing customer I'd be paying the $29.99 (for however long Adobe is kind enough to honor existing customers).Hmmm... $600 vs $1,080 (or $1,320 if Adobe does what I suspect and only honors current customers for two years and then kicks it up to $49.99)On a "plus" side they already terminated my older software licenses so I can't use that as another negative... I should have 8 licenses to use but now I have two and that's all I'll ever have from here on.They're getting as hip as mobile Flash. Pranav Vissanji May 7, 2013 07:38 AM what about users whose internet connection stinks? TJ Lambert May 7, 2013 10:14 AM This is quite a sad, sad day for the freelancer; Adobe has either bought-out or otherwise killed off any real competition on the Mac for Illustrator. As a former Aldus Freehand user this really sucks. Even Corel (who absorbed Xara early on) has given up the Mac market. Xara extreme dot org could really use help getting their project up and running on OS X. They've got some Mac code, but are stuck. Creature House Expression was a very exciting and unique alternative that Microsoft bought-out and murdered. They at least allowed the last Creature House version to be freeware, but with it's Power PC code it will no longer run on the latest Apple hardware. I suppose I'll have to wrap my brain around Inkscape now. j-stroy May 7, 2013 11:54 AM This will stop piracy how? Its a cash grab for casual users.. not such a bad idea, but it certainly won't prevent license hacks. Any production app requiring persistent internet connection is too much of a risk for most development companies to swallow. Fahrenheit 451 May 7, 2013 12:57 PM "Recurring fees" ... the bane of customers everywhere ... just like taxes. Adobe has just shot itself in the foot. However, this is an excellent opportunity for others in this category of creative software to make real inroads. Sherwin Kahn May 7, 2013 01:28 PM This article makes Adobes continued march to exploitative corporatism sound like some kind of blessing. $50 a month to license Photoshop? What planet does the author live on that this is a less expensive way to use software?I have upgraded and upgraded for years and this will cost me a fortune and clearly will drive photographers to find some other purchasable alternative. Stupid move by Adobe and stupid article to applaud the concept. Catherine Hall May 7, 2013 02:25 PM There's a lot to do about the new price plan involved with Adobe Creative Cloud. I have found only one official Adobe reseller that sorted all prices of Suites versus Cloud in a matrix honestly: http://www.doesum.nl Seems there is not a problem for buyers of the bigger bundles (i.e. master collection, design & web premium), but for smaller buyers or single apps, they probably expect them to be paying more for more features over in the years. Nothing to do with seducing pirats to empty their wallet, I think. Phyzzi May 7, 2013 03:22 PM Yet another reason to switch to GIMP... uhane May 7, 2013 05:40 PM Capitalism at it's most predatory! When the creative no longer owns the means of production and the only means (via competition killing) is being rented rather than sold we are back to share cropping or peasant days, paying tribute to the crown or lord of the manner.