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  05 May 2013
Imagine if you told a plumber that he can no longer buy spanners (unless he wants those cheap plastic crappy ones from ACME Inc.) From now on he'll have to rent his spanners. Its £80 a month for the spanners, pneumatic drill, JCB, scaffolding and cherry picker crane.

Oh whats that? you dont to pay for the crane, drill, jcb and scaffolding? Well then thats the lower price of £20 a month. Per spanner. You need a set of 5 spanners you say? Well may as well get the whole Construction Collection™ then...
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  05 May 2013
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  05 May 2013
Quote: However, you'll be able to use products for 3 months (99 days) even if you're offline."

Originally Posted by brasco: Top of the list in the FAQ


That's the stated blurb, I've had quite different experiences though, been dumped out cold, lost time and work. It's made me incredibly wary of the whole thing.

FWIW, I've pretty much decided to stick with CS6 for as long as its practical, and see how it pans out over the next few months. It's nothing to do with cash - this new arrangement just isn't acceptable to me however I try to look at it. No doubt I'll have to get on the CC train at some point, maybe 'CreativeCloudVideoPro' or whatever they'll call it once the custom options and price hikes kick in - but I don't see any reason to rush.

It's a shame, that Cineware thing looked pretty useful; but even Adobe admit it's a work in progress, so probably needs a few more versions before it becomes a compelling reason to upgrade.
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  05 May 2013
Have it on good authority that the OFT (UK) is starting an investigation under the Competition Act.

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  05 May 2013
Originally Posted by hvanderwegen: For pure image editing Photoline is more than on par, arguably ahead of the curve. I absolutely love it, and although I have a license of cs6, I only use Photoshop for the odd Photoshop file conversion. 99.5% of my work is now done in Photoline. Because it does things more efficiently.

Hmmm that sounds very interesting indeed!
But to be honest if you haven't told me that it's a good program I wouldn't have picked up on that from the website and the screen captures. If I went on their website on my own I would have left in an instant! It looks like a very dodgy site...
And the example images made with this program (on the sample page).... Let's just say they would definitely have to at least update that part in order for people to consider it as an alternative.

And yeah the interface is really bad. Very dated and quite distracting.

I liked what I saw though on the meat of the program. Just quickly tested it out and it seems capable light and fast. I do miss some things from Adobe's programs but that's understandable.

Having said that I don't see my self using it though any time soon. Things have to get really bad on the Adobe front for me to stop using it altogether.
But it's good to know there are good alternatives out there!
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  05 May 2013
Originally Posted by ChrisCousins: ... It's nothing to do with cash ...

From my POV it ALL has to do with cash. Until now, owning CS, at some point you just needed to upgrade to save money or save your license at all. The sooner you upgraded the more money you saved. I have a budget for soft- and hardware and each year in September I evaluate my customers needs and the new developments and decide where my money goes. If features where meager I just skipped a CS upgrade, but at some point I just did and certainly when there was some special pricing. Upgrading from CS to CC at this moment does not make sense since you will always lose money !!! OK, there is special pricing for the first year, but after that you always have to pay full price. So what's holding me from jumping on the bandwagon in a few years and see where all this (and other alternatives) are going. Featurewise (except for 64-bit compatibility) I could still use Fusion4 and PS7 for all my 3D needs Until there is an urging reason or I will start building websites, my money is spent on a long list of non-Adobe stuff. So in the end the positive thing of all this, is that I am forced to rethink my money spending habits

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  05 May 2013
CS6 Standard Edition

I am not happy with the creative cloud set up, and not willing to bet on it at the moment. I will give adobe a few years to sort out all the problems and unhappy customers, and hope they find a better business model.

In the short term I can upgrade to CS6 design standard for £212 excl Vat , £260 inc VAT which will keep me current for at least 2 years in my opinion.

Even for 12 months this works out better than a 12 month subscription, with the satisfaction of owning my own software for as long as I want to stick with CS6.
  05 May 2013
I just wish we could get cineware to work on CS6 somehow. It seems more like a plugin that something really embedded into AE. Since it's all the old software renderer in the viewport, I really wonder if there's really any tech missing in CS6 to make it work.
  05 May 2013 <-nice animation and it has good message.

Think if everything would be only possible to rent.

Rent some condoms (yes, they are used), rent your work for customer number 1 and then rent your work to customer number 2 would it be nice for customers? Would they accept it?
Rent your clothes, rent everything what you can imagine. Rent your Air - it is same thing: without Adobe CS i can't do my job and i can't live, so i need it... just like i need the air.
  05 May 2013
That's a little melodramatic, don't you think?

Originally Posted by jumamu: without Adobe CS i can't do my job and i can't live, so i need it... just like i need the air.
  05 May 2013
Originally Posted by Neil V: That's a little melodramatic, don't you think?

Nope... No it isn't. it's the truth. I need it for my job - and i need my job for living.
And i need it for my hobby too, and without it... I probably would do suicide because i am very depressed for my life without graphics softwares. I am workaholic.
I have money to upgrade my software some times, but i have no money in every month, because i am freelancer now and i earn money sometimes and then there are these quite/silent seasons but i need my software to keep my skills on the current level (because of my short memory)

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  05 May 2013
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