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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by Alfman on Tue 7th May 2013 14:50 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: GIMP"
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"Piracy will continue."

If it runs locally, it will be cracked plain and simple. Switching to the service model will make very little difference in terms of copyright infringement and cracking.

Edit: I don't understand why some posters are associating this new billing scheme with cutting down illegal copies?

Edited 2013-05-07 14:59 UTC

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by lucas_maximus on Tue 7th May 2013 22:39 in reply to "RE[4]: GIMP"
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The barrier to doing so will be higher than before.

Tbh I don't think a lot of this is about that. Most software development these days is moving to higher cadence on releases aka version infinite and a subscription based model will probably help adobe achieve that with their tooling.

Subscription based services for tooling have been shown to work.

Leaving piracy issue aside this makes a lot of sense.

Edited 2013-05-07 22:42 UTC

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by Alfman on Wed 8th May 2013 00:07 in reply to "RE[5]: GIMP"
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"The barrier to doing so will be higher than before."

Are you talking about technical barriers? I don't see how the subscription model makes a difference to the difficulty of cracking the DRM. Whether it's a one time activation or reoccurring activation, what difference would it make to the effort needed to patch the code to bypass the check?

"Leaving piracy issue aside this makes a lot of sense."

Definitely, many software vendors have difficulty competing with older versions of their own software. The subscription model not only eliminates that risk, but it also eliminates the 2ndhand resale market entirely.

Say I were a wedding photographer, it's not such a dynamic field that I need to be upgrading my adobe PS software every year. I imagine that one could easily get by keeping a software license at least for the life of the hardware. The subscription model makes pros pay for software continuously. For many, it will effectively be a form of price inflation. Whether that's good or not depends on where you stand in the tech industry ;)

Edited 2013-05-08 00:16 UTC

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