I asked the audience at the last meeting how many were
PhotoShop users (CS 4, 5, 6,) to understand how many would be impacted by
Adobe's decision to change from selling you software with a perpetual license
(owning) to having you pay a monthly fee ( a.k.a. renting). The response
surprised me, almost 50%.
An active conversation ensued, some members were not aware
of this development or the implications/impacts . There were several good
suggestions for alternative software packages...
My personal concerns were:
Much more expensive
(since I normally only upgrade every couple of years).
since changes to the program and user interface will be forced on me like them
(I love Element v10, not so happy with Elements v11)
So after fuming for awhile, I decided to upgrade from CS5
to CS6 before that option disappeared. Went to Adobe.com and
could not find an upgrade path for my CS5 - I was too
But good news. Went to
AcademicSuperStore.com ready to buy CS6 and use one of my three
kids in college to qualify for a heavily discounted, academic price for a
full copy (not an upgrade), and was pleasantly surprised when no "proof of
eligibility" was required, just $344.99 plus shipping
(you have to select the product carefully, this package includes all the disks,
other choices require you download the software)
Don't know how long this option will last, I suspect
that once existing inventory is used up renting will be the only
Thought you would like to know.