Back in May, Adobe made the decision to end perpetual licensing on some of its software (most notably Photoshop), forcing many users to convert to the subscription based Creative Cloud option. This meant no more paying a one time fee for Photoshop and using it as much as you like. If users wanted to use the lastest versions of Photoshop and other Adobe Suite applications, they now had to subscribe for $49.99 a month for access to all apps or $19.99 a month for a single app. As you can imagine, this did not go over well with many photographers and other Adobe product users.
Overwhelmed in a sea of complaints and with a petition to reinstate the perpetual license model collecting a solid 39,000 signatures, Adobe presented a new bundle for photographers at the annual Photoshop World conference. The new deal is still subscription based, but includes the following perks:
- A $9.99 monthly price (with an minimum one-year subscription)
- Access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5
- 20 GB of online storage
- A Behance Prosite membership
However, the deal comes with three constraints: First of all, you must already have a version of Photoshop, CS3 or later. Secondly, if you want to keep your $9.99 price, you have to sign up by December 31. Lastly, it is subscription based and you cannot end your subscription without also ending your $9.99 price guarantee.
For those who lashed out against Adobe’s unfavorable decision in May, now may be the time to reconsider. The $9.99 price tag will reaming locked in forever for those who stay within the above constraints.
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