Adobe Launches Subscription-Based Software, CS 5.5 Production Premium

Adobe Launches Subscription-Based Software, CS 5.5 Production Premium

Adobe's Photoshop has to be one of the most well recognized image retooling programs on the market, and we doubt the company will be giving up that crown anytime soon. This week, they've announced the Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium, described as a complete software solution for video and post-production that helps deliver content to virtually any screen. The new build improves performance and includes a number of workflow enhancements, not to mention new audio editing capabilities.

New versions receiving major updates include Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, Adobe After Effects CS5.5, Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5, Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5.5, Adobe Story, Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5, and Adobe Device Central CS5.5. New to Creative Suite 5.5 is Adobe Audition CS5.5, bringing its audio-for-video multitrack editing environment to both Mac OS and Windows for the first time.


Today also sees Adobe debut an affordable and flexible subscription-based pricing plan, attractive to customers that want to get current and stay current on Creative Suite products, have project-based needs, or try the software for the first time. Would you consider trying out an Adobe product now that you can pay month-to-month? It's definitely an interesting setup, and will almost certainly appeal to folks who aren't willing to shell out major bucks for full versions.
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Any word on how much the subscription is going to cost? It sounds pretty interesting, and possibly a good way for new people to be able to get the finances needed for the more permanent version. I have always kind of wondered how/if freelancers are able to purchase CS when first starting out.

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I don't know how I feel about the whole subscription idea. I use adobe products daily so I would prefer to buy. But if you buy you are stuck with the one version and have to buy the upgrade, with the subscription you get the newest product. I guess you would have to sit down and do the math, it would all depend on what time in the cycle you buy. As far as pricing goes each is different, they offer a buy price, month to month price. and monthly price for a year contract. For example the master collection is 2599 to buy, 195 month to month, and 129 a month for a year contract.

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Overall buying still sounds like the most economical solution if you can shell out the big bux all at once. The one thing that upsets me about Adobe is that when they bought Macromedia who was very education friendly all that great software became out of reach for public schools.

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It's surprisingly reasonable in the pricing:

http://www.techsynd.com/2011/04/11/you-can-rent-photoshop-and-other-adobe-software/

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I thought it would be more of a flat rate for the entire suite but it actually makes more sense that way. Those prices are really not bad at all.

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Ya i would say its reasonable if you only need it for a month or two. Or if you want a new version every year then its nice, save yourself around 300 a year!

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Agreed, Inspector. It's not a bad deal, particularly if you only need it for a short time or if you insist on always having the latest and greatest version right away.

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The advantage of this is to creative artists and people who can't afford to shell out all the $ in a lump sum, but still have access to the Adobe's design tools, the user-oriented approach can be exemplified by the fact a customer could pause their monthly subscription and continue later with a credit and such

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I see your point Drake, but if you do use it professionally is it not tax deductible as a neccesity for that type of work? If it is which I would imagine it is it would either be long term discounted if not free.

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What's also interesting about the subscription rate info found here http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/cssubscription.html

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"1Annual commitment and monthly payments required; early termination will be subject to a recalculation of payments for the months you used the software.

2Subscription accounts can be reactivated within six months of expiration. After six months, your account will be deactivated and you will have to purchase a new subscription."

I think that part 2 regarding the reactivation over a 6 month period is quite reasonable if using the program on short -term monthly basis.

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