My Thoughts on Adobe’s Creative Cloud
There has been much debate since the release of the Creative Cloud by Adobe. Some love it, and some hate it. I am kind of in the middle. Because I do photography, the only two programs that I really need are Lightroom and Photoshop. Right now, Adobe offers these two programs for about $10 a month. Because I use and teach these programs a bunch right now, I need to stay current. For this, I love the creative cloud because I can stay up to date much cheaper than before. Here is how I came to this conclusion. If Lightroom costs about $150 for every version as well as $80 for every upgrade and they upgrade the program every 2 years, then that is about $230 every two years. At $10/month for 24 months that comes out to $240. That is $10 more, but for that extra money Photoshop is included! When you realize that Photoshop was a multi hundred dollar program, this pricing becomes a steal. This is why I love the idea of the Creative Cloud-it is cheaper, and you always stay up to date, but this is also the down side. Because I have to rent the programs I should also be using them a lot. This is where the Creative Cloud isn't so good: for the occasional user. For people who used to update their software every other version the Creative Cloud become much more expensive and unappealing. I don't like this because while it is cheaper to stay up to date, it becomes more expensive in the long run if you no longer need the most current version. In case you were wondering, I don't use the Creative Cloud right now. I have Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CS6. However, I plan to upgrade to the cloud once Lightroom 6 comes out so that I will always have the most current software for my business.
- Graceson Aufderheide