Something designers, artists, developers, and companies large and small might be interested in knowing…. in case you haven’t visited the Adobe website to look into purchasing some extremely expensive software lately, the company is now licensing their software on a month to month or year to year basis as opposed to purchasing the (expensive ) software bundle and then upgrading yearly. To my understanding you can purchase any skew of the Adobe Creative Suite, I can’t name them all but they range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand in price, so be careful which one you order!
While I can’t really get into all the price points for all the differing skews of the creative suite, I’d like to touch on the one I use the most. The Adobe Web Premium Creative Suite. I use all the core components at least on a weekly basis and it just so happens I have a fresh install of CS 5.5 on a laptop a great buddy of mine is letting me take for a whirlwind tour over the extended 4th of July Holiday.
Adobe Web Premium is $1799 out the door, but now Adobe is offer a 1 year subscription for “89.00 a month” which sounds good but comes to about $1068 at check-out I’m sure. Unless your contracted in for a year at 89.00 monthly, which I doubt. The other option Adobe gives you is the $135 “month to month” subscription which comes out to $1620 for the year.
A $552 penalty for not giving Adobe your cash up-front but still cheeper than purchasing the suite out-right. Knowing that an upgrade from CS 5 to 5.5 is about 399.00 and from CS4 to CS5.5 $649.00 for Web Premium, if the upgrades hold or ballpark around the current price… I’m not all that sure it makes sense to purchase the software I’ll just have to keep frustratingly upgrading at huge unexpected cost… I had no idea 5.5 was launching… heck… I’m still in love with some of the CS4 tools.
But hey… if you’re a creative professional… sometimes you have a hard month… and not having to worry about your software license… not having to worry about loosing your bread and butter, your ability to produce… might be worth shelling you the $1799 to rest easy knowing…. I own this.