Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th May 2013 20:17 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces "Adobe first launched Creative Suite 1 back in 2003, and now, ten years and six versions later, the company is taking a left turn: Adobe is abandoning its Creative Suite entirely to focus efforts on Creative Cloud."
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What's with the cost
by Yamin on Mon 6th May 2013 22:14 UTC
Yamin
Member since:
2006-01-10

I just don't understand the pricing of so many 'cloud' apps.

It's like it is either free or expensive. Perhaps the business folks and done the math and this is what works. But it just seems like many just take the old 'physical' cost and try to impose it on the cloud.

But I mean, they could capture a much wider market if they kept costs low. I'll give an example, i used to subscribe to newspapers until they went online. Then it was free online. Now they're starting to add paywalls, and their costs... $20/month (for the GlobeandMail in Canada). I mean really? $20/month for one website. Maybe $5/month at the most.

Now we have Adobe Suite with costs around $20-$80 per user per month. Now yes, as in the article they say if you updated your software anyways, it would cost you around $300/year anyways. Again, they just seem to be trying to match their old costs... instead of expanding their user base or counting on continuous cash flow from subscriptions.

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RE: What's with the cost
by tylerdurden on Mon 6th May 2013 22:41 in reply to "What's with the cost"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Adobe is not selling a commodity application, there are clear and obvious upper limits to how many artists and professionals could possibly buy/use their applications.

Adobe figured they have a hold of the majority of that marketplace, and they are trying to maximize they can extract from it. The subscription model is a no brainer for Adobe as a corporation; it provides a somewhat reliable revenue stream while stifling piracy significantly.

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RE[2]: What's with the cost
by quackalist on Tue 7th May 2013 01:27 in reply to "RE: What's with the cost"
quackalist Member since:
2007-08-27

What could go wrong for users as Creative increasingly maximize revenues while forgetting to provide new features for those who'd have needed a reason to upgrade previously?

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RE[2]: What's with the cost
by Soulbender on Thu 9th May 2013 03:18 in reply to "RE: What's with the cost"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Adobe figured they have a hold of the majority of that marketplace, and they are trying to maximize they can extract from it


But if that large market share is mainly due to piracy then you could be looking at a massive loss of customers when these folk can no longer afford, or are not willing to pay for, the product. CS may be popular but it's not the only game in town.

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RE: What's with the cost
by Nelson on Mon 6th May 2013 23:54 in reply to "What's with the cost"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

It becomes a better value as you buy in to more of their product line, and is cheaper for the use cases of many outside of businesses.

This is the same pricing model that Office took with Office 365 and it seems to be working.

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