More than 5,000 people have already signed an online petition calling on Adobe to discontinue its subscription-based model for Creative Cloud.
Thousands of users of Adobe Systems Inc.’s software are taking to the Internet their displeasure over the company’s decision to adopt a subscription only model for its popular creative tools.
“In the end it comes down to this: all of Adobe’s consumers will not be able to make such a large payment every month on the CC subscription model,” according to the petition started by Derek Schoffstall. “In the short term, the subscription model looks to be okay, but over time the only entity that is benefiting from this is Adobe.”
Under the traditional perpetual license model, users only paid for the software once and used the product for as long as they want. This model was beneficial and much cheaper for many users of the CS.
A subscription-based license would cost user more in the long run. For example, a perpetual license for CS6 Design and Web Premium Student and Web Premiums Student and Teacher Edition is around $599.
With the $30/month subscription for Creative Cloud, a student would end up paying more for a subscription after 20 months.
On the other hand, a student that purchases a perpetual license and uses the software for more than 20 months ends ups saving more.
The monthly $50 subscription fees, after say 26 months, may add up to more than the perpetual license price for something like C6 Design Standard which retails for $1,299.
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