Anyone who creates websites, works in graphic design, or just generally does anything on the computer beyond reading other people's Facebook posts, eventually faces the same dilemma: Do I buy the new Adobe product or should I take that money and go on a vacation this year?
To buy Photoshop CS6 just by itself today, you're looking at $699, or $199 for the upgrade. If you want Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium Edition, you'll be shelling out $1,899 for the full package. (See what I mean, my last vacation cost less than that.) If you are upgrading from CS5, the cost is $375 for the upgrade.
Yes, it's a lot cheaper if you're a student. In fact, I know a designer who enrolled in a university course, just for the student card, just so she could get Adobe products. By her math, the course was basically free. Yes, it's even better if you work for a company that will buy the products for you. But for freelancers or those who work part-time, the bill is a hefty one.
Adobe has finally offered a new option: get everything with access to Adobe Creative Cloud for one monthly fee. You can download the software to your computer, use it as you need and, as long as you keep paying, the software stays active on your computer.
The cost starts at $29.99 per month, provided you have purchased Adobe products in the past and provided you buy an annual subscription. After the first year, the price goes up to $49.99 per month, which is the same price as if you've not purchased Adobe products before. When Adobe launches their next versions, you upgrade to those for free.
According to my math, even at fifty bucks a month, that's less than the cost of Photoshop Extended ($999), Flash ($699), InDesign ($699) and some of their other programs all by themselves.
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