|From:||Michael J. O'Connell|
|Sent on:||Tuesday, July 23, 2013 8:01 PM|
I copied the email below from Tim Grey's "free" emails sent frequently. This may answer your question regarding the Creative Cloud:
Today's Question: I’m giving thought to taking advantage of Adobe’s one time promotion offer and upgrading my Photoshop CS6 to Creative Cloud. I figure $120 ($9.99/month upgrading from CS3-CS6—promotion ends 8/31/13) is a reasonable investment for me to see if the new features are worth moving permanently to the new subscription model. Suppose at the end of the 1st year Adobe raises my subscription to $240/year, which is the current cost for enrolling in a single app without the benefit of being able to upgrade from CS, and I decide cancel my subscription. My Photoshop CC will expire and I’ll then revert back to using my CS6. What happens with all those files I will have created in Photoshop CC over the year? Will CS6 be able to read the PSD files created by the CC version? Would saving in TIFF be a safer bet?
Tim's Answer: If you decide to give the subscription model a try with Photoshop CC, and then discontinue your subscription, you will lose access to Photoshop CC, but not to your files. It is important to keep in mind that the new Creative Cloud subscription model for Photoshop (and other Adobe applications) is simply a different business model. The applications you subscribe to gain access to will still be installed locally on your computer, and you can still save your files locally. In other words, once you've installed Photoshop it will behave just like any prior version.
If you discontinue your Photoshop CC subscription, you'll still be able to utilize any prior versions of Photoshop that you have purchased a license to, because the license for those prior versions is a perpetual license. You can also open the files you create with Photoshop CC in prior versions, including both Photoshop PSD (or PSB) files and TIFF files. There are certain features that won't carry over, but these are very small in number and won't affect your ability to open the files created in Photoshop CC using Photoshop CS6.
Therefore, if you're interested in exploring the subscription model Adobe has implemented, you can do so without any real concern.
For those interested in Photoshop CC, I covered the most important new features for photographers in an article featured in the July 2013 issue of my Pixology digital magazine. If you're not already a subscriber, you can sign up now to receive this and future issues. Information on subscribing can be found at http://www.pixologymag.com.
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