Stop the Monopoly. Don’t Join Adobe’s Creative Cloud


Stop the Creative Cloud

I’ve been using Adobe software since the very first versions, and I’ve bought just about every single upgrade they’ve released over the life of the company. Throughout my entire working career, some 25 years, I’ve paid Adobe tens of thousands of dollars to use, in essence, three programs: Illustrator, Photoshop and inDesign.

But that’s not enough to satisfy the greed of this company. Now that they have virtually complete control over the graphics software market, Adobe wants to abuse that monopoly by getting access to my wallet every month. And if I continue in my profession and want to continue using their software, they want money from me every month for the rest of my life.

Adobe is stopping development on their Creative Suite and making their ‘Creative Cloud’ the only option for users of their software. No longer will I be able to buy the software, I’ll have to rent it. And as soon as the money tap turns off, I won’t be able to use it anymore, because the software checks in every month to see that I’m still paying.

This has got to stop!

I remember when Adobe stopped providing a manual with their product; replacing it first with PDF documents, and finally with an online mish-mash of user videos and badly designed Help pages. I remember being amazed that I was till paying the same amount to upgrade, but the physical manual had been taken away, and what a huge amount of money the company had just made for itself by doing so. But imagine the cash Adobe will be raking in now—no more physical product, no physical distribution, no local support, reduced piracy (piracy, I might add, that often leads to later purchasing)—just lots and lots of lovely regular cash from everyone’s Visa cards, in return for a lot of useless twiddling and bloated ‘features’ that you use in real-world situations about 0.2% of the time.

Because every design professional knows that Adobe upgrades—even the more regular ones we’ll supposedly be getting now version numbers will be done away with—are 90% useless bloat. I’ve been here since version one, and I know how fundamentally different the programs are now from the initlal releases. Strip out all the bells and whistles and you’re pretty much left with multiple redo, the history palette, and layers as the only game-changing improvements over all those years. These programs still quit and freeze, and the interfaces are a primitive, outdated mess.

But the bottom line is, we cannot live in a world where companies have a hotline to our wallets. If this business model continues we’ll all be paying out huge sums of money every month, locked in to vendors churning out mindless marketing spin as they increase their monthly kickback in return for nothing.

Adobe don’t want to give us quality software at a reasonable price; they want to be the next Facebook. It’s essential that we let Adobe know now that this forced subscription model is completely unnacceptable. Don’t sign up to the Creative Cloud. Let CS6 become the last version we use if necessary, and hope that some company has the foresight to take on Adobe and beat it at its own game. As soon as that alterative is available, it will have a ready-made audience of millions of disaffected and exploited Adobe users eager to switch.

Don’t sign up to the ‘Creative Cloud’. Let Adobe know we won’t put up with this abuse.

Update: Make your voice be heard—sign the petition!

111 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anaglyph
    May 07, 2013 @ 10:36:33

    Not only that, without competition, there is exactly zero reason for companies to strive to get better. So what if the latest version sucks – where’s the competition!?

  2. Smottz
    May 07, 2013 @ 11:02:56

    Would this also lead to forced upgrades? There are software programs that have actually gotten worse with the later versions, forcing many advanced users to reinstall their beloved older versions. What happens when the cloud version of your software is upgraded and you don’t like it?

  3. universalhead
    May 07, 2013 @ 11:12:48

    Adobe, of course, prefer to not even acknowledge that this ever happens. If there’s a critical bug, you’ll probably be stuck with it until it’s eventually fixed – probably hidden amongst the spin on some minor useless feature improvement.

  4. queenwilly
    May 07, 2013 @ 11:17:17

    AGREE. Solidarity. Don’t sign up to the Cloud.

  5. universalhead
    May 07, 2013 @ 14:38:13

    hcdr, let’s have a look at some of the points you raise:

    old crank
    Guilty as charged. However I just might know what I’m talking about as well. I’ve probably got a few years on you when it comes to adapting to change – and changes more drastic than Facebook getting an interface overhaul. I love change – for the better.

    I can subscribe for only two months if that’s all I need.
    Sure, convenient for the student who needs it for one project. What about the graphic design professional like myself who needs it all year round? I’m locked into a monthly payment that ends up costing more than what I used to pay on upgrades, without the benefit of choice.

    Companies make money, that’s how they work.
    Indeed, but there is a big difference between making money and exploiting a monopoly. Forcing consumers into a pay by the month service that ends up costing them more and giving them less control over their purchase equals obsession with share price, not good business.

    If the software is bloat, stop buying it.
    The whole point here is that if I continue to be a professional in the graphic design industry, I don’t have that option yet. Printers won’t accept v1 files. PDF is an industry standard. No one has come up with a viable suite of programs that have presentd a clear challenge to Adobe’s monopoly. But it happens. Everyone thought Quark XPress was the industry standard at one stage, and the program wasn’t that different from inDesign – the company just pissed their users off, and look what happened.

    Once the software works really well and has a modern, consistent interface, then add features all you want. The fact is, the more bloat that’s added, the more unstable the programs are. Even the recent inDesign CS 5 crashed regularly, for example – hardly something you’d expect from software over a decade in its development cycle.

    A subscription based model supports paying for only the services you require.
    Not this one. After the first year’s cheaper period, this will end up costing me more to get the programs I require than it did in the past – and I have to keep paying OR NOTHING WORKS. I have no choice to skip a product cycle because I decided, as an informed consumer, that they haven’t provided me with enough value to warrant the expense.

    Here are some alternatives for you.
    Thanks for that information. The whole point of my post is that after 25 years as a loyal customer, Adobe is finally forcing me to look at these alternatives. Not a good way for a company to ‘work’.

    Replacing manuals etc
    Don’t try to turn this into some environmental issue – my point is, Adobe saved themselves a fortune no longer printing manuals, a change that was slipped in with no cost benefit to the consumer and therefore great profit to Adobe. But that was nothing compared to the cash injection this model will mean for Adobe.

    I find it amusing that you equate ‘change’ with ‘progress and innovation’. The two are not necessarily in harmony, as any number of examples from history will tell you. My rant is merely an attempt to make clear the obvious – that we are being forced into a vendor locked-in pricing model that results in huge advantage to the producer and very little advantage, despite the spin, to the consumer. It’s also a model ripe for abuse in the future, as companies increase their prices and slow innovation without the usual balancing market forces of competition and choice.

    Good luck with your perpetually open wallet – and thanks for writing!

  6. hcdr
    May 07, 2013 @ 13:54:01

    This sounds like the rant of an old crank who is unable to accept inevitable change. There are no logical points made here. Many companies are moving to subscription based models. It makes sense, supports rapid feature delivery, can work out cheaper, it’s often easier and more transparent to account for costs. I can subscribe for only two months if that’s all I need. It’s leaner and more flexible.

    I’m sure Adobe are extremely greatful for long-time loyal customers like yourself. The ‘greed’ of the company? Companies make money, that’s how they work. I’m greatful Adobe has managed to navigate the technical landscape for so long without failing like so many other companies. Flash and PDF technology is becoming obsolete, for instance. Adobe is the market leader for a reason, but they also face their fair share of challenges. Are Adobe greedier than Microsoft or Apple?

    If the software is 90% useless bloat, then either you should stop wasting your money purchasing software you don’t actually need, or it’s cost effective for you to pay for the features you require. My computer does a whole lot of things I never use, I bet yours does too. Whatever. They need to build new features to stay ahead, and that people are willing to buy. Why don’t you stick with version 1 if that’s all you need? A subscription based model supports paying for only the services you require. Their offerings may evolve to more tiers/options in future (other subscription services out there have matured in this way). You “have to rent it”? No, you don’t. Here is some alternatives for you:

    There’s your competition. I notice numerous anti-Adobe information posted here, why are you using them again?

    Replacing manuals – many people welcomed the cessation of wasted paper matter. I sure did. Just because you didn’t recieve dead vegetable matter to hold in your hands doesn’t mean there is no product. People’s time and effort still goes into the production of software and training materials etc (many, many people in fact ~ 10k!)

    Your piracy argument doesn’t make any sense in this context. I can now legitimately try out Creative Cloud for 30 days. Win-win. And like Adobe will be the first company that has a ‘hotline to your wallet’.

    “This has got to stop!” Well, I do wish you luck with your campaign to stop progress and innovation!

    • Randolph J Riesterer Sr
      Apr 19, 2016 @ 06:13:15

      Been working for Adobe long?

    • Smarter Than You
      Sep 17, 2016 @ 12:38:51

      [insults directed to the poster hcdr and the companies Microsoft, Autodesk, and Adobe edited out by the blog owner].

      Listen, I’ve been watching this circus for a very, very long time. If the arts community hadn’t tossed virtually everything into Adobe’s basket, we wouldn’t be in so much of a mess now. Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk… We’re balls in, so they’ve decided to tell us to pay up or they get to cut us off. Remember the movement towards open source software and anti-proprietary-software rhetoric of days gone by? Every time Microsoft releases a new update of anything, I always cringe as I look to see what they’ve excluded from the new (and therefore improved by this guy’s logic) release.

      We’re mad as hell and we’re not gonna take it anymore!!! Now, let’s put our money, time, and efforts into alternatives that will stop the nonsense!!! If you’re not willing to do so, then nothing will change as the sheep go the path of least resistance.

  7. Smottz
    May 07, 2013 @ 14:51:07

    Steady as she goes. If you have a counter-argument, feel free to make it, but no reason to go ballistic on someone’s post, particularly as a guest on his site. A calm, informed response works best. The reasons you offer as benefits of this new model include “it makes sense,” which is yet to be determined; it supports rapid feature delivery, which could also be achieved with digital downloads and updates; it can work out cheaper, though you later acknowledge that the product is designed for advanced users who obviously won’t be finished with it “in two months”; and it’s more transparent to account for costs—how so?

    I am unsure how arguing against a subscription business model is being interpreted as an anti-progress or anti-innovation campaign.

    What I do agree with is the idea that Adobe is free to do as they wish in order to balance supply and demand—to adjust business plans to make more money. I believe the market will provide evidence for the success or failure of the plan.

  8. Sean
    May 08, 2013 @ 01:49:23

    Both the article itself and the comments have been very interesting. As a non design professional I have always wondered why the professionals always accepted the high prices of adobe products. I use GIMP almost exclusively and have used Inkscape and Scribus a little. For me the learning curve was steep, but it seems that someone well versed in Adobe products would be able to pick them up rather quickly.

    I guess that is the question, are these open source programs so inferior to adobe that the fact that they are free isn’t even worth it? Since I’ve never really used Photoshop et al I can’t really say, but I have seen some pretty comparable results by people how seem to know what they are doing. If I had access to both I would do a side by side comparison.

    I personally like having the disks in hand but was okay with the digital download. This service subscription model sounds dubious to me. I think there are plenty of examples of “new and improved” being utter shit. Can anyone say Windows Vista?

    Well anyway, I wish I really had a solution but all I can suggest is to try those open source products and really see if they are viable.

  9. Doug Bailey
    May 08, 2013 @ 04:35:48

    I’ve no interest in the Cloud, so I guess CS 6.5 will be the last release for me. Time to go start investigating those alternatives…

  10. universalhead
    May 08, 2013 @ 07:08:06

    I think we can say that a lot more attention will be directed to competitors as a result of Adobe treating their customers this way, and I really hope some company gets serious about providing a professional alternative. At the moment no one has stepped up to the plate however – I can’t edit a file in CMYK mode in GIMP apparently, and that’s essential for a print professional.

    I have no doubt at all that Adobe have factored in the amount of bad press they will get and the users they will lose, and intent to hunker down and weather the storm, getting their employees to shill forums and pouring out spin all the way. Look around the internet and see how people really feel about this move – in the vast majority of cases they know they are being taken for a ride. But Adobe have made the committment now and they know a big, regular pot of gold is at the end of this rollercoaster ride.

    I don’t need my professional programs to be open source; I’m happy paying a reasonable amount to upgrade them if I get improvements in return, and for the most part the expense has been acceptable for the last 25 years. I do find it a bit frustrating that I’m treated no better than someone who bought their first copy a year ago, but I can live with that. It’s this contempt for customer choice on the part of Adobe that has made me so annoyed. It was only a few months ago, when they introduced the CC, that Adobe was quietening the complaints of users by saying “you don’t have to sign up, you can still buy the Creative Suite”. Well, not any more. Open your wallet every month, or the program doesn’t work. Choice has been taken away, even though you’re still paying them the same amount of money in the end. You pay for it – but you don’t own a thing.

    • Aongus
      May 11, 2013 @ 04:40:41

      Yes, CMYK is one of the sticking points when looking for an alternative to Photoshop. Have you tried PhotoLine, a German shareware image editor that has ICC & CMYK support? The UI is ugly, and there is a learning curve, but it does most of what I need.

  11. Will Belford
    May 08, 2013 @ 17:08:13

    This Software as a Service (SaaS – oh awful acronym) model is set to become the only model around. Once you assume that everyone is “always on”, anything physical like discs or manuals becomes redundant. As a technical communicator, I can barely recall the last time anything but a marketing brochure was actually printed on paper, and as for buying CDs with data on them, the music industry has demonstrated that this approach is on its last legs.

    Whether we like it or not, this is how all digital information will be distributed from now on. By the time my 7-year old daughter is old enough to be joining the workforce, the idea of any other method will be ridiculous, as archaic as a 5-inch floppy disk is now.

    As long as the supplier doesn’t gouge on price and maintains a stable product, it should, in theory, not really be an issue; plus removing the costs of distribution in theory should make it easier for competitors to enter the market and keep them honest.

    You’ve already been, in effect, monopolised for the last 20 years, only now the shape of the board has changed!

    Question: does the monthly fee over say, three years, amount to more than you would have paid for an upgrade issued during the same period? If so, it’s reasonable to complain.

    Question: do you actually need to own the product if you own the right to use it and the right to complain bitterly if it isn’t available? Adobe are assuming, probably fairly, that all their customers are permanently connected to the internet and will have permanent access.

    I’d certainly be looking at the competition, what there is of it!

    • anaglyph
      May 08, 2013 @ 18:15:07

      Will, I don’t think it’s the ‘cloud’ model that is inherently flawed – it’s the subscription model that stinks. Particularly if you combine subscription with a monopoly. There is no way that Adobe could have even run this up the flagpole without first having an iron-clad hold over the industry. It would have been trounced in an instant if there were other competing alternatives to pdf, for instance. And that’s not to say pdf is necessarily ‘better’ than a potential alternative – it’s just that it’s almost ubiquitous. Even if a better alternative to pdf came along, it would have a hell of a time getting any leverage – and Adobe knows that.

      There are ways that you can run a cloud model without subscription – all the apps on my iPhone already do that. The coders write upgrades and next time I sync to iTunes, the apps are updated. I don’t see anything wrong with that model. It changes with system requirements and indeed, you mostly feel like you’re getting value for money every time you get a ‘free’ upgrade.

      Adobe has stuffed up bigtime here, and they need to be shafted for it. Trolling shills notwithstanding.

  12. anaglyph
    May 08, 2013 @ 18:06:39

    UH: hcdr is peddling the Company Line. If you look around the forums you hear almost exactly the same watery rhetoric from a host of ‘anonymous’ users. And so fast to appear on your blog, having never been here before, eh? Interesting to say the least.

  13. universalhead
    May 08, 2013 @ 20:32:53

    Will, I’ve got nothing against digital content being made available via the net. I don’t want CDs and physical copies. Hell, I’m very happy to download a copy of my software (note that Adobe was charging Australians a considerable more than the US amount to download their products while trying to justify that difference by citing distribution costs). But what I do want is choice as a consumer, and giving a company monthly access to my bank account or the product doesn’t work is zero choice.

    Yes, it would be great if we lived in a world where the supplier wouldn’t gouge on price and maintains a stable product – but we don’t, and a quick look at history tells you that. You have far more faith in big corporate companies than I do. And lest you say ‘the market will control them’, well there are too responses to that; one, they have a monopoly on the industry so at the moment there is no viable professional alternative, and two, this is exactly what I’m doing with this post, attempting to exercise my small amount of influence as a member of their market and expressing my displeasure by looking for alternatives.

    Yes, the subscription price does add up to the same price as buying, but here’s the rub, and I feel like I’m repeating myself here – if the company issues a poor value upgrade that I normally wouldn’t have purchased, *I still continue to pay*. If I decide that my cash flow is such that I can’t afford to upgrade this year, too bad, *I still have to pay*. If the company issues a series of useless upgrades that consist of functionality that isn’t useful to me that I normally wouldn’t have paid for, *I still have to pay*. Get it? No choice, just a perpetually open wallet or the software *no longer works* and I’m stuck with work files that only open if I have saved them all into a format compatible with my last non-cloud version (CS6).

    Finally, we are not all connected to the internet, all of the time. There could be any number of reasons why I won’t be connected at the time that my programs have to check in with Big Brother once a month. Again, it limits my choice.

    Why the hell are we defending a huge corporate company that is trying to get regular cash out of us in return for empty assurances because ‘it’s the way of the future?’ Almost everyone who comments in every post about this subject is pissed off about it and doesn’t want it, apart from the obvious shills. As analglyph says, Adobe deserve to shafted for their arrogance. Innovate, change, go with the future – absolutely. But don’t rip off loyal consumers and treat them like idiot cash cows while you’re doing it.

  14. anonymous
    May 14, 2013 @ 05:32:47

    More analysis on the Register web site.

  15. universalhead
    May 14, 2013 @ 06:13:08

    Incredible how every move can be justified by saying that a company will increase its share price so it must be good. Well, that kind of approach to business might just see customers drop off and competition reap a rich harvest.

    Let’s remember folks—this is a frakin’ computer program, not food, heat or light. We simply shouldn’t have to rent it, it’s ridiculous. Adobe and design professionals both know that practically speaking there’s really very little they can add to the core functionality of these programs, so Adobe’s only option is to establish a locked in revenue stream and then try to assuage us with fiddly, unnecessary, cosmetic bullshit upgrades for years to come to justify their $600 a year.

  16. Stephan
    Jun 05, 2013 @ 21:08:46

    I’m a bit torn on the subject. On the one hand…creative cloud. Brilliant Idea, with loads of room to work in. On the other hand, monopoly. I think I’ll point out that Adobe isn’t actually the only game in town, and it’s product is just widely used because designers have liked working in it. Much of the design field is actually developing material based on what other people are doing, and branching off from there. This reminds me a bit of an artists colony, bringing together creative types to work in a broad array of mediums. I in no way believe that Adobe is the only way to do this, or even the best way. $50 a month is a good investment for the products I’ve used. It’s also less intimidating than $2000-$5000. You could do the same thing with opensource programs like Gimp, which are already crowd sourced…and modular. Then attach it to deviant art, add in some painting programs (Tablet use), Kickstarter, and Linkdl (or something like. I honestly find Linkdl annoying) and you’d easily bring creatives into a productive working environment with more ease. Also increases relevant competition, and drives down prices/rates on creative development like graphic design and illustration work. Ooh. Add in Skype or livestream. Here’s to the next Open Creative Cloud.

  17. universalhead
    Jun 05, 2013 @ 21:24:38

    I’m not sure if you’re a design professional, but at the moment there is no other option for design professionals working in the print industry and the CMYK space, which is why this Creative Cloud is abuse of a monopoly and why an alternative is so desperately needed. I wonder if you’ll stil think it’s a good investment when you’ve paid the cost of the software off but still don’t own it.

    Sorry, but your suggestions sound fun in theory, but also completely ‘pie in the sky’. There’s nothing brilliant about a subscirption model; we already have downloadable updates, all Adobe are offering is a locked in subscription model and a few megabytes of online storage space. Deviant Art, Kickstarter, Linked In, Skype – this is just throwing around online social media and communication solution names for the hell of it. Adobe don’t want an Open Creative Cloud. They want $50 a month from every customer forever – and that’s just the start once everyone is locked in.

    If there’s one thing that bugs me as a design professional who has worked at my craft for 20+ years, it’s this ‘everyone can be a designer’ mentality. Why the frak would you want to drive down price on graphic design and illustration work – professionals in those fields can hardly make a living as it is, with the industry swamped with hacks that don’t know the difference between 72dpi and 300dpi and churn out poor quality dreck. Professionals are continually undervalued, the skill and craftsmanship required to create quality design is ignored, and clients think that a corporate logo is only worth $20 and takes an hour or two to toss off.

    Want a future filled to the brim with shitty, derivative, amateurish design? Here’s to the next Open Creative Cloud.

  18. Tim
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 08:15:20

    The hilarious thing is this:
    I have been working in digital media since the 80s.
    Don’t get me wrong, Photoshop rules. BUT…

    Many people (Myself included) warned about a monopoly when Adobe took over Macromedia. We were called “dinosaurs” and “conspiracy theorists”. OMG

    Freehand, a far superior tool to Illustrator was killed.
    Flash became a bloated piece of crap.
    InDesign – don’t get me started – however Quark killed themselves.

    At least Adobe tried to do web design justice with Dreamweaver, but Dreamweaver has also become bloated – and thereby killed GoLive in the process, a very fast and able product .

    Well you Adobe worshipers – what do you think now?
    Feel free to arrange deck chairs on the titanic…

  19. universalhead
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 11:13:23

    I agree with you completely – the Flash interface was so bad it gave me RSI every time I had to use it for a project, and a programmer friend who used it all day every day for years would keep me appraised of how some new versions were actually worse than new versions. It took Apple to finally have the guts to stand up to Adobe and refuse to use its insecure, bloated plugin. And look how fast it disappeared off the internet. Good riddance to it at last.

    I also used GoLive before it was bought out; a program that actually had some original UI concepts and worked really well. And Freehand is missed as well. Quark—not so much! 😉

    I see that the Creative Cloud suite was cracked within 24 hours of launch. I have never advocated piracy in my life, but this is further proof of the falseness of some of Adobe’s claims about the superiority of the Cloud model.

    There is so much room for improvement in this industry. I only hope that some smart company somewhere is working hard to take advantage of this whole situation and will create the software that finally puts down the dinosaur that is Adobe.

  20. Tim
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 02:41:59

    Lol @ RSI
    I got RHI from it – Repetive Head Injury – I’m sure you can figure out why 😉
    I loved Flash though – was onboard with it when it was still called “FutureSplash” – I believe that was the mid 90s if I’m not mistaken.
    Don’t touch it now unless I’m forced by a client.

    In any case, my compliments on your Website!
    Landed here for the first time by coincindence – great editorial style you have; thanks for that, it’s refreshing in this Internet-World-Of-Flames.

    I loved this one:
    “swamped with hacks that don’t know the difference between 72dpi and 300dpi and churn out poor quality dreck”


  21. universalhead
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 09:53:08

    Thanks, glad you’re enjoying the site Tim. Updates are infrequent but it’s been around for some time now…

  22. Pedro
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 10:49:10

    Good sir, you are a designer. So am I. I like the Creative Cloud subscription model and have been using it for a year as an early adopter. I lost my full time job over a year ago and needed to have the latest software to work freelance. I did not want to shell out $2000+ for Creative Suite. I was glad to hear that Adobe had gone in this direction, because for only $50 a month I now get access to ALL the Adobe software. I am now able to pick and choose what applications to download and learn new software that I have never used before. It’s opened up opportunities to upgrade my skill set.

    I have a very simple way to look at this. If you’re freelance rate is $60/hour you have paid for the software for one month use (on a 1 year commitment). So hopefully you are working for more than 1 hour a month. It’s really not that hard to cover the cost. You can and should also write this off as a business expense.

    So look at it that way. This new Creative Cloud model will also ensure that you are always up to date with the latest software. I have worked at various companies who were always slow to upgrade and some fell years behind the times! My old company is still using Quark and CS4!

    I think most people are angry about this because it’s harder to pirate. I have matured and am done with pirating. Adobe has a lot of people that work hard to bring us this software that we make a living with. Fair is fair, and I really don’t see a huge problem with this model.


  23. Pedro
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 10:56:58

    To clarify, 1 hours work per mont @ $60 an hour and you’ve covered the cost.

    Or if you don’t want to commit to a contract 1.5 hours work @60 an hour will pay the $75 pay-as-you-go montly cost.

    Remember the bulk of Adobe software is meant for a professional market that uses it to make lots of money, and this same market often has clients on retainer paying a flat monthly fee, a similar concept that works for ad and design firms.

    • Leslie
      Jul 23, 2013 @ 10:31:31

      When you purchase the software outright, instead of rent, you can amortize the cost of it over time. After that the software is a profit center since you are still billing your regular hourly rate with the cost of upgrading factored into it. Yes, free enterprise is great and controlling your tools is part of being in business–not getting hooked into a system that you cannot extricate yourself from. How long before InDesign will not load fonts that were not created by Adobe? The nature of a monopoly is that they strangle the competition.

  24. universalhead
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 11:03:57

    Pedro, I appreciate your comment but you don’t seem to have read the whole article and the discussion following. I’ve spent tens of thousands on Adobe software over the years. The problem is not having to buy the software from scratch, it is being forced to pay every month whether I want to or not to rent, not own what I’ve paid for. You’re also ignoring my main concern – I am being locked into a business model that removes my power of choice as a consumer and leaves me dependent on any price increases or lack of real value that Adobe choose to implement.

    Saying most people are angry about this because it’s harder to pirate is just absolutely ridiculous and insulting to all the design professionals with legitimate concerns about this abuse of monopoly; not to mention naive, since the cloud version has already been pirated, I believe.

    I really hope you look beyond the spin you’ve bought into. If this model is supported by consumers we are going to end up with many, many more companies regularly taking their cut out of our wallets, then cutting off the supply when we can’t pay any more, leaving us with nothing.

    It’s a very popular commercial model, drug pushers have been using it for years.

  25. Erik Bauhaus
    Jul 23, 2013 @ 08:53:14

    I wish Adobe failed with they new subscription crap.
    Premiere Pro CC – does not come with Encore anymore.
    Adobe Bridge CC – the export function are disabled
    Dreamweaver CC – various functions removed
    Fonts and Sample files – not usable for the moment cause the sync functionality is not working…
    The list is much longer.

    Today Adobe is a bunch of greedy assholes in the management, stupid support agents in India and bad paid Romanian and Indian programmers who code as good as they are paid.

    All this is made to keep share holders…
    Soon Adobe will do exactly three things to keep the share holders: remove features to keep the development even cheaper, reduce the support costs or rise the prices.

    Why not do all those 3 things at the same time?
    In 2020 the monthly subscription fee will be around $100 – and you will pay. 🙂
    There is no workaround. With the totally sensible licensing mechanisms, Adobe build in a software obsolescence that avoids you to run your CS6 on next generation Windows. Windows 8 or 9 will be the last supported version then for CS6.

  26. universalhead
    Jul 23, 2013 @ 09:11:46

    Interesting to hear how the CC software falls short. It’s not about helping the customer and hasn’t been for a long, long time; it’s about maximising shareholder revenue by every cent possible.

    And yes, I totally expect that something will be arranged to make CS6 not work on MacOS, and I’m forced into the CC model whether I like it or not.

    I hope some smart company is busily creating our next industry standard …

  27. Jerad Walters
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 13:58:12

    One other thing to think about is that a new version of the software could conceivably force you to upgrade all of your hardware as well. There is more at stake than just having to purchase the new versions of the programs every time they come out. If they need the newer chip architecture, then you might have to purchase a new machine with a new operating system. That could conceivably leave you open to further expenses if your scanners, printers, and other peripherals do not work in the new system. This is going to sound incredibly stupid on my part, but I used Macintosh OS 9 from 2000 to 2011, and only just recently upgraded to new machines. That was a gap that I was comfortable with in my field. I would hate for the freedom to choose when to upgrade to be taken away from me.

    • Brian G
      Sep 19, 2013 @ 05:45:45

      I’m a Windows user, and usually purchase a retail O/S disk when I build my computers. I’ve already made the decision to buy in extra parts so I can run Windows 7 for the foreseeable future, which in turn will let me run my CS5 software.

  28. universalhead
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 15:24:00

    Damn good point. Again, it’s all removing consumer choice.

  29. Emily
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 16:43:35

    I think the worst part is student pricing. How am I, a college student, suppose to find 20 dollars a month just so I can do my homework? I am not making any money off of it!

  30. Brian G
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 05:29:40

    I’ve used Photoshop for about 10 years. I also use Illustrator, and between the two programs my update would run about $400. I only update every other version, so my actual cost was running about $200 a year. Now adobe would charge me $40 a month for the two programs, and I’d be foolish not to just pay $50 for everything, but then my cost jumps from $200 a year to $600 a year. It’s just not right. I’ll for sure not upgrade and wait and hope that Adobe changes their minds…

    • Alan E
      Feb 05, 2014 @ 07:39:04

      Like Emily and Brian G, Adobe seems to have forgotten COMPLETELY that there are people out there who are not using Photoshop professionally and making money from it.

      I use it for my hobby photography. And I use it frequently. But up until now, I only upgraded every other version because the additional features did NOT usually justify the $200 upgrade price to me. Yes, I spoke with my money. How can I do that now? There is no choice but to fork over $600 a year to use something that I only paid $200 every three or so years. No thanks assholes! It is most definitely NOT worth it unless you are making money off it.

      This LOYAL customer, who has been using Photoshop for almost 20 years (since version 4.0) and have already given them about $1500 of my hard-earned money is SWITCHING TO GIMP.

      Fuck off Adobe!

  31. Tom Coulson
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 00:53:38

    Total abuse of their monopoly. What chance of an open source design suite be developed? I want shot of Adobe and have done for years.

  32. Martin Onassis
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 12:14:25

    You can’t help generation patsy, they love to go along with everything they’re told, including licking master’s boots. Thus the juvenile assertions that company’s make money, and you better take it.

    I agree that Adobe has sat on its duff for years, usually screwing up the software in upgrades (CS4) instead of actually improving anything, like a command for FLATTEN – HELLO!

    THe funny thing is this spring I got a job that required a ton of batch processing, and what do you know, GIMP actually destroys Pshop in this arena. I couldnt believe it. An open source program destroying Pshop in a particular area. Now I’m not used to the rest of GIMP, fact is, I havent even tried it, since I’m still running two legacy versions of Pshop for as long as I like.

    Adobe can blow me. I’m also still using legacy Freehand instead of that horrible Illustrator trash. Flash – meh….I’ve heard Premier is better than it was in its disastrous CS4 form. Fact is, I won’t know, since ADobe has cut me off of demoing Premier or Muse or other software of theirs I might use. As far as I’m concerned, they don’t exist anymore. Maybe somehow I’ll be forced under their wing once all the computers from 2007-2011 die out, but until then, I hate their guts to the core.

    I know that real trolls are running that company, and you would think karma will destroy a company that has contempt for its customers. We’ll see.

  33. Adam
    Jan 01, 2014 @ 23:23:35

    I was planning on biting the bullet and saving up for a full version of Flash CS6, but when I checked the site the other day I found it was impossible to buy said program. I am certainly not going to rent it. I’ll end up spending even more than I was originally saving up for! I don’t think the program is even worth that!

    Didn’t want to pirate because I wanted to keep things legal and be able to sell my work without any problems.

    So much for wanting to do computer animation. Oh well, just a little life long dream of mine. Back to drinking I guess…

    • universalhead
      Jan 01, 2014 @ 23:38:28

      Don’t let not getting Flash put you off your dream of computer animation Adam, it’s only one bloody program, and one that’s swiftly dying out anyway. I always hated using Flash; I’d end up with RSI after every project using it, the interface was so badly designed. That’s one program I’ll very happily never have to use again.

  34. Mark Husson
    Feb 05, 2014 @ 05:31:39

    I’m in. I also paid for Adobe Suites from the beginning and being forced to pay monthly sickens me. Thank you for the post. I will Rally and Share!

  35. instantaphex
    Mar 28, 2014 @ 01:58:55

    1.) Set up a free email account.
    2.) Register for free trial of Adobe CC
    3.) Use products free for one month.
    4.) Repeat.
    5.) Profit.

  36. universalhead
    Mar 28, 2014 @ 08:22:00

    I’m sure Adobe has identified and put in place ways to stop that simple trick! It no doubt installs an invisible file on your computer or something similar.

  37. Din
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 14:20:38

    Adobe takes advantage of this monopoly and asks for exorbitant fees! I pray for the rise of competitors!!!

  38. Tom
    May 09, 2014 @ 03:18:48

    Agreed – CC sucks. Not going to sign up.

  39. universalhead
    May 09, 2014 @ 09:27:21

    This post is almost exactly a year old now, and the comments keep coming. I’m still using CS6, but I’m sure Adobe is counting the days until a system update that gives them an excuse to make CS6 obsolete and which forces us all, against our will, to sign up to their subscription model if we want to keep using their software. I’m dreading the day, and I just hope some company out there has the balls to take them on.

  40. WJ
    Jun 03, 2014 @ 04:25:29

    I started on CS2, and upgraded to CS3, CS4, CS5, and CS6 is the last version I have purchased…. I won’t buy another, until they return to the old format, where you BUY it, NOT rent it !

    Creative Crock is what they should call it !

  41. Vodavi
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 03:46:06

    Why not offer both? Offer CreativeCloud to the rich folk that have more money than brains, and keep the CreativeSuite for individuals that want to just pay once and not have to worry about monthly subscriptions. For me as a self-employed web developer and graphic designer for 13 years, I see this as Adobe pulling the trigger (they put the gun in their mouth when they first introduced CC). Here are my reasons:

    I’ve always found the price of Adobe products to be way overpriced but I payed up and it wasn’t easy, especially starting out. The CC doesn’t make any sense other than greed. For example I can go to right now, buy Fireworks for $299.00, and use it forever. I can drink the Kool-Aide and sign up for CC but after 15 months I have to pay more or I can’t use it?! No thanks. That’s a monopoly. Once all of the suckers buy into their little scheme, it’s only a matter of time before they slowly raise their monthly prices. If Adobe thinks that piracy is bad now, wait until they go live with CC, more people will use older versions that can be pirated to avoid the money sodomy of the CC.

    The so called “cloud” will eventually fail. Look around and you will see that most large companies, banks, etc., are getting hacked on a regular basis. I’m not going to go into the what-if scenarios but.. there’s a possibility that my account information could get stolen from Adobe’s databases. You all remember what happened in November right ( Put yourself in the hackers shoes; Adobe will be adding hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers to their databases – they’re really just painting a huge target on their face that says “hack me”. That’s too risky…

    For anyone that’s ever had bad luck with cloud based services, you will know that they tend to go down sometime for maintenance. Having your main staple of business on a cloud based system just screams problems. I work on the go sometimes and not all places have internet access, then what.. no Adobe CC?

    Even for students CC sucks. At colleges and universities there are student and teacher editions available at really reasonable prices. Why aren’t those good enough? When I was a student I continued to learn to use the program (Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Illustrator) at my own pace – even after my semester ended.

    Adobe is a company and they need to make money just like the rest of us do. Whether or not they do it ethical, is up to the greedy corporate asshats to decide. As I said before, they’re just digging their own grave because their reputation will get worst, people will notice, and they will fail. Lastly, as a customer I have a choice to buy or not to buy their products. For some people (and I don’t know how), they may find the CreativeCloud beneficial, but I don’t. I guess I better start learning gimp or find another profession.

  42. Mark
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 00:13:35

    Not to stir a hornet’s nest. But for myself the Adobe CC has been brilliant. For a person who only uses a couple apps I can see the problems. But if you use a larger portion of the the suite I find it much more affordable. And anytime i have a special requirement or interest i can just grab the right tool for the job. Could they use some more cloud options? sure… maybe a more a-la-carte solution will help those who have have different needs. Cloud computing is not going to fail or go-away. As the global network expands more and more services and applications will work that way.

    • universalhead
      Jun 12, 2014 @ 09:44:42

      You’re certainly entitled to your opinion Mark and I’m glad to hear it. I believe you are looking at it from a short term perspective however – I’ve been using Adobe products for 25 years and unless someone finally comes up with a workable alternative in my industry, I’m forced to continue using them. When Apple release an operating system which Adobe can use as an excuse to drop CS6, I’ll be forced to join the Creative Cloud subscription if I want to continue to work. I strongly object at having to regularly pay Adobe for the privilege of using their software and, no matter how much I pay, no longer being allowed to use the software if I stop paying.

      I do find the argument ‘this is how it is and how it’s going to be’ troubling however. What will happen is what people allow to happen. We don’t have to be dictated to by the companies that exist because of our patronage. I’m not saying cloud computing is going to go away. What I’m saying is that Adobe’s Creative Cloud is extorting their monopoly to set up a system that is allows them to extort locked-in customers. No matter what they do, no matter how we agree or disagree with the value they provide, if we want to continue using the software, we keep paying an amount decided on by them. I don’t support that version of the ‘future of computing’.

      I agree with one thing however. If people roll over and put up with subscription services they won’t fail or go away. It doesn’t take much imagination to see where that will lead – a society in even more unsupportable, invisible debt than it is now. And yet it isn’t an inevitable conclusion because people can choose – for an example, witness the decline of subscription-based online gaming.

  43. Shawn
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 05:24:58

    @Mark, I think your right about more products doing this in the future.

    @the topic,
    I find it a little bit funny, because I’m a software developer myself, although I’m working mostly in Web Development right now, but I have subscription models myself. I do agree it’s a more logical and good business model. My problem with it is that I find a lot of times when software companies go this route they make it way too expensive for what they are offering. They throw in things like 20GB of storage space for example. I don’t care about this. I got a computer, it has a hard drive. I make my own backups. I don’t need 20GB of storage. They throw in these things to make the product more appealing. To try to justify the price tag. $50 a month? That’s just insane. I’ll get more use out of spend $50 a month on a nice Virtual Server.

    I think the big problem is there isn’t enough incentive to the users that would buy the product and use it for several years before deciding they needed that upgrade. For example. Instead of charging per user. allow 3 users per subscription. Or lower the price so that it benefits the every year upgrade people even more than it does now. It will be still worth paying for the person that doesn’t want to upgrade every year, but they get it anyway. I think Adobe hasn’t really thought this out very far. If it was $25 a month I think a lot less people would be complaining. Yes I said half the price! Infact you would open the flood gates to people that don’t even really need the software. The price is so high because it’s an industry leading software. I personally think they would double or triple sales if the price was half.

    What will happen is people will keep using the older versions. Heck I’m still using CS4 and since I don’t focus on graphic design I have no reason to upgrade. CS4 does the job in 99% of cases.

  44. howhowhow
    Oct 15, 2014 @ 12:10:48

    I’m a web designer, a programmer and ocassionally i do some graphic stuff mostly in vectors. The day Adobe tok over Macromedia i was crying, that was a sad day for creative people. Macromedia had best creative software light years ahead of anything crap Adobe was making and is still making today. I never liked Adobe, they are nubs in in every creative sense you can immagine. Money and art doesn’t fit togetner, Adobe is the proof. At the time Macromedia was bought out, they had best creative tools in the world, Freehand, X-Res, Fireworks, Flash, Director, Dreamwaver, Fontographer! Any of those was top notch – under Macromedia sky offcourse. And instead of making them even better, Adobe screwed any one of those splendid tools, one by one. Today Dreamweaver looks like piece of owerbloated crap, slow as hell, unusable. Freehand is defunct, Flash? no word for that catastrophe. Fireworks, the best tool in the world for fast screen prototyping was first screwed, than as of recently obsoleted. I will never buy anything Adobe again, i wish Macromedia comes to life again. Fck u Adobe

  45. Jordan
    Dec 07, 2014 @ 14:59:37

    If we’re image creators who like/need Photoshop (I don’t know any decent substitute yet) let’s keep a current machine with the last OS that can run a non-subscription based copy of the software we need. If we need an updated machine for other things, then we’ll buy that one. But for creating the good, old IMAGES, which is the core of our profession…we’ll need the perfectly fine older machine until it works, and it will work for a very long time, possibly the rest of our lives. Even if they won’t, chances are newer machines will be able to run/emulate older software/OSes. Problem solved, as far as I’m concerned.

    For now I’m using Photoshop CS3 on a 2011 Mac. For a graphic designer/illustrator, this is way enough. Am I forgetting something? I think this will be enough for me to save me from the CC stupidity. Of course, each individual/organization has to find its own method. This “method” works for graphic designers and illustrators, whom shouldn’t NEED the newest version of Photoshop. For web design, a recent version of a program like Dreamweaver could be needed, but there are alternatives to that. For video stuff, updated have been needed to cover the HD transition, and maybe there’ll be more of those in the future. I’m sure I can find a replacement to After Effects as well – surely of Premiere – the first coming to my mind is Apple’s Motion.

    Someone here said that THIS IS THE FUTURE. Well, then Adobe might be making that future, because I don’t see even another greedy company like Autodesk going full stupid that quickly – you can still buy their software, if I’m correct, together witha subscription model. ADOBE SHOULD HAVE KEPT BOTH OPTIONS. Is Apple making subscriptions for their software? No. And you keep your files, you don’t have the creative cloud bullshit. “Cloud” is just a buzzword that creates way more problems than it solves – I think it’s stupid to go that direction enthusiastically. Fuck the future and let’s go back to basics, and to good sense, something that is completely being lost for the sake of greedy business. Yes, greedy business means stupid choices and stupid changes “innovations”. Not all changes are good, that’s a fact.

    Didn’t any big creative company complain to Adobe about their stupid new business model? This is what is needed. I suppose they didn’t or lost the confrontation. After all for a big organization, it’s not a big deal. Or maybe it is? They will pay more in the end, right? Chances are they should hate Adobe as well. Most companies I know care about doing their client work, and having the latest version of the software obviously isn’t the first priority. Updating is always a pain in the ass. But I don’t run a big company so maybe I’m misjudging something.

    Is Adobe’s model convenient to big design shops or advertising companies? Noone of those big guys – I don’t know, Kyle Cooper – seriously complained? Film studios, game companies – they all like teh subscription model?

    For my own needs, it’s garbage. I think for most individual freelance professional or small companies, it’s way more cost effective to buy once and thety usually don’t update fanatically. The CC bullshit forces you to update, I hate that. What if I prefer the older version….Adobe HAS to be boycotted. I know I am. But individuals are not listened…only big companies and big names can make a difference. Individuals in the creative fields will have to keep an old machine with old programs around, or change profession…personally, the only things I need are Photoshop and After Effects. I will be VERY HAPPY with old versions of those for the rest of my life, to produce my visual work. Actually, you know what, I hated Adobe since the “CS” bullshit. That’s when Adobe began to fall in quality. I would really like to use Photoshop version 5.0, the last one that made the significant change and actual workflow improvement of the history panel. I haven’t because a current OS can’t run it, and I needed to update the OS – something I don’t like doing unless the new OS offers an increase in SPEED, which they NEVER do – for things other than image production. Anyhow, CS3 running on a modern machine is tolerable.

    What REASON do I have to update my OS as well? To have the NOTIFICATION CENTER? I had to upgrade my OSX to be able to publish content on recent iOS devices, you are forced to do it and that annoys me as well. I deactivated most completely useless new functions, like the notification center. Not everyone has to like it. I don’t and I turn it off. This to prove, I am fine with keeping an old operative system as well – I use computers, aside from internet stuff, to MAKE IMAGES – and a working twenty years old machine is PERFECT for that, maybe BETTER. Having my computer infested with CLOUD and notification bullshit is to me a step BACKWARDS – period. These shopuld be made as OPTIONS, instead they are IMPOSED. Noone will impose anything on me ever, that’s the nature of the creative person. I impose my vision on others, never been the way around. The cloud and social obsessed companies will suck my cock for the rest of my life. I don’t need their services. I used computers since day one to make images that basically tell them to fuck off.

    People still use Windows XP or 7 (less Vista because it sucked) – even companies. It’s all about your individual needs – one doesn’t NEED to upgrade, that’s just business and one should boycott this upgrade insanity by not upgrading. Upgrades aren’t NEEDED. They’re just greed.

    The cloud doesn’t solve a problem. We were all fine keeping our files privately. Companies were and still are fine keeping their files in their own machines and drives, they don’t need fucking Dropbox which is more profitable to an individual or SMALL team – a big company should get its own servers.

    So, I would like to know if these new Adobe policies that only Adobe is doing in this fanatical way – all other software producers I know of SELL their products – haven’t annoyed a Kyle Cooper or big company/name in the creative industries. Is what Adobe is doing really advantageous for them?

    When Apple released the horrible Final Cut Pro X, many companies switched to, erm, Adobe Premiere or some other video editing software. I would have expected people strongly complaining to Adobe for their CC bullshit moves (since Photoshop is really unsubstitutable). I searched, and found this blog post.

    The people saying “that is the future, everyone will be doing it” should SHUT UP and not give the companies with some sense left ideas. Which fortunately seem to be the most part for now. For professional software, all other companies give you the option to buy!! Wait, in some cases it’s subscription model only, see the Unreal game engine. But for many reasons it makes way more sense there, while Adobe should really keep the buy and keep option. Else it’s really abuse and monopoly.

  46. universalhead
    Dec 07, 2014 @ 17:13:41

    One of the problems we have as professionals Jordan, is that we don’t work in a vacuum, so soon (and I’ve already encountered this problem) we will be sent files by clients or colleagues that we can’t open.

    I think it’s safe to say that Adobe didn’t keep both options because they did the sums, and decided that they could weather the backlash until people had no choice and were forced to change, and still come out on top financially. This is one of the reasons I’m so annoyed about the situation, as it is so obviously calculated to ensure the future profits of the clunky behemoth that Adobe has become, yet their marketing department has gone into overdrive telling us how wonderful it will be for us. I’d probably respect them more if they were just honest about it: “the only way we can keep making shedloads of money is to occasionally bolt on crap you don’t need to these tottering programs in exchange for regular payments for life from our customers who have no choice but to use them, no matter how dated and clunky they get”.

    I have nothing against change, nothing against new features, nothing against evolution of software. But I do demand two things in return for my loyalty and money: quality and choice.

    Again, the time is ripe for a lean, mean, modern company to step in and make exceptional imaging software for the next generation. I’m waiting.

  47. Dale
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 09:27:57

    Um… a petition?

    Boo Hoo!

    Man, I feel ya, and agree with everything you said, but dude… a petition? Do you understand how Economics work?

    Your dollars are your petition, and they work harder than any piece of paper you sign can. Money always talks, and wins, every time. Every. Time.

    So… use this power… go support another developer/application with your votes. Don’t waste your time being obnoxious with petitions.

    Oh, those other apps don’t have all the same features? You mean… the “bloated” features you only use about 0.2% of the time? If you support a developer they will survive longer and probably will add in additional features and support.

    Stop complaining. Your petition won’t do anything.

  48. universalhead
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 14:29:13

    Yes, I agree with you completely Dale. I merely linked to the petition (it is not mine, by the way) because I felt it was an instant way of expressing displeasure at Adobe’s move to the CC, given no other in the short term. I noticed it actually did get some publicity in the media at the time and while obviously change will only come through people voting with their dollars, I’m sure even Adobe finds almost 50K customer signatories to an online petition worth noticing.

    I’m waiting for another developer to make ‘Adobe killer apps’, but I’m also a professional graphic designer who has to play nice with the rest of my industry to do my job. So if apps don’t support CMYK printing, or their output doesn’t work in a professional production environment, they’re no good to me. An Adobe killer app, unfortunately, has to be able to open Adobe files and save to Adobe formats, at least in the short term.

    It’s a big challenge and needs a big committed developer. As soon as the developer appears I’l support them with my dollars, never fear, and in the meantime I don’t support Adobe with my dollars by subscribing to their Creative Cloud, and use this post to urge others to do the same. In order that we can do exactly as you suggest – talk with our money.

  49. mike
    Jan 12, 2015 @ 10:51:53

    I completely agree with the original comments. What makes me laugh most are those people supporting a monthly raid by Adobe on my bank account for the rest of my life.

    Like this is somehow perfectly acceptable, for a program that’s full of holes, quits and freezes on a whim? What planet are these people living on? If the program actually worked it might be a different situation.

    Once this is the business model across the net, will these same people be quite as supportive, when we’re all being shafted by corporate companies, peddling old and mostly useless software, updated periodically (usually for no reason at all – except to keep some nerd at Adobe in a job, and the greed machine ticking over)

  50. universalhead
    Jan 12, 2015 @ 11:18:40

    I agree. I use Adobe programs every day, and it never ceases to amaze me how dated they are in so many ways, and how Adobe has so studiously avoided the most basic interface updates in favour of adding useless bolt-on bells and whistles. There are interface problems which I remember being there in the earliest versions of the programs, that have never been fixed. Not to mention the outrageous memory hog that Photoshop can be. Of course it’s such a tottering behemoth now that it’s possible Adobe can’t fix basic issues without the whole deck of cards collapsing. Yet another reason for a fresh new approach, from scratch, by a new company.

  51. HAL
    Feb 08, 2015 @ 02:54:34

    I completely agree with your comments. We are boaded to death by the buisiness tactics of Adobe; this company should understand that the monthly sign up system is not necessarily accepted to all user.
    A scientist of my friends said “I want to use illustrator but will never buy its cloud type. It may be better to use a drawing software of Corel.”

    What do we have to do?
    I think you should send our comments and demands to Adobe.

  52. universalhead
    Feb 10, 2015 @ 08:36:33

    Here come the challengers! Affinity Photo – public beta now open.

    • Dan L.
      Feb 10, 2015 @ 10:16:05

      Thank you for posting this, universalhead. As a long-time professional user of Photoshop (since before they even offered layers) I had almost come to believe that there could never be any photo-editing software application so natural to my photography background and learning style.

      The good thing is, I remain a very teachable person with the incentive to learn something new, and I’m confident that challengers will fulfill our growing need for alternatives. Adobe is on an unsustainable path.

  53. xian
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 14:42:25

    Shit, they just charged me to close the account they automatically rolled over for me. 250 bucks to cancel!! But by the time stamps of these post looks like Adobe is to big to stop.

    i just downloaded

    thanks for the anti adobe outlet!

  54. universalhead
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 15:01:33

    I would really prefer if this post wasn’t an outlet for rants, and I’ve already moderated a few that were. Even though this post seems to have got more replies than any post on this old blog. But I am interested in opionions from other Adobe customers with their reasons for why they subscribe to, or don’t subscribe to, the Creative Cloud.

    Let’s always keep it civil, and express our displeasure, if we wish to, in a reasonable way (even if we do feel like we’re being screwed). 🙂

  55. PrePress101
    Mar 28, 2015 @ 04:25:04

    While I do believe that Adobe CS/CC has always had an excessive price tag, I have yet to work in a company where I have had to purchase it for myself (10 yrs experience in offset and digital design/layout). Furthermore, If you compare the cost of the adobe suite with the cost of other print software, its relatively cheap. An example would be EFI’s Fiery Graphic software ($4000+) or Prinergy. If you work for a company that is worried about dishing out $50 a month for its designers tools, while a several million dollar Heidelberg sits in the back room, you might need to start looking somewhere else for employment.

    • universalhead
      Apr 15, 2015 @ 09:31:58

      I don’t quite understand your argument PrePress101, or perhaps you’re just looking at it from a printer’s background. I can assure you, I’ve been giving Adobe money for their software for about 21 years, spending tens of thousands on upgrades, as I work for myself as a designer. Countless people have to purchase the software for themselves, as do companies consisting of 2 people, 3 people, ete etc.

      The days of being ‘thankful’ to Adobe for providing us with affordable graphic design software are long gone. And we’re talking about graphic design tools, not industry-level printer workflow and colour management ones like the ones you mention. I can assure you I don’t have a Heidelberg printer sitting in the next room.

      In any case, the argument here is not about the cost of the software, it’s about being held in thrall to a subscription model and all the disadvantges for the consumer that entails. I’m happy to continue paying Adobe for upgrades to the software I use every day to make a living. I’m not happy to have my choices about when I upgrade (based on whether I think Adobe are offering me enough value for my dollar) removed.

  56. mr_lunch
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 17:00:48

    Still on CS6 here… and if they keep with the cloud model, it’ll be the last one I buy. I’m going to take a look at what Krita (dot org) has to offer as a Photoshop replacement when its OSX version is looking a bit more stable. I like GIMP for what it is, but it’s still a bit crap. My main concern will be finding a decent InDesign replacement going forward. Scribus still isn’t there yet.

  57. universalhead
    Jun 10, 2015 @ 09:34:34

    Affinity Designer. 50 bucks. Getting just a bit worried Adobe?

    • DesignedA
      Aug 26, 2015 @ 06:39:29

      Let me tell you, Affinity Designer blows Adobe away. Hands down. Its very easy to use and quick. They better step up their game before Serif puts them down for good!

  58. Thottbubble
    Jun 17, 2015 @ 06:45:31

    I realize this is on old article, but its still so relevant.

    As a new web developer, I’m glad to see that viable alternatives for Adobe products are starting to gain some traction.

    Anyone who can do some rudimentary math can see that the subscription model for Adobe CC is price gouging.

    Personally, I’ve been looking to spend my hard earned dollars on software products that don’t keep asking for more at the end of the month. Its nice to see some of the new affinity design/photo products, sketch 3, inkscape, GIMP get some love. I looked into the CC products early on and couldn’t even get answer from the Adobe support team as to exactly which products constituted the CC package, they gave me a link that names some of the well known software and then it mentioned “and more”

    I only would use four or five of the products so why should I pay for all of them? I asked if I could choose the software I wanted and make a custom package for a reduced monthly subscription. They said no. I said goodbye and have purchased other non-Adobe products and have not had any regrets.

    The more people vote with their dollars, the stronger the competitive products will be to Adobe. By the way, I’ve spent a total of $500.00 on the software that suits my needs. I plan on using the extra money I don’t pay to Adobe on growing my business.

    I doubt Adobe will learn a lesson here, but they should think of their customers first, not their corporate bonuses.

  59. David
    Sep 08, 2015 @ 00:59:34

    Subscriptions are generally fine but should always be entered into carefully… my issue is that Adobe has not only taken over the software market as a monopoly, they have almost taken over the whole creative industry from end to end. Try going to the printers without PDFs, Indesign or Illustrator files and see what happens. Try collaborating with other designers or businesses without PSD Files etc. Why bother using Avid or Final Cut Pro when Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects are so seamlessly integrated and cost so little per month to have it all.

    They have the power to keep raising the price at will. If you don’t like it your career is dead. If you want to use other less popular software you won’t get employed.

    In us having it all with Adobe they truly have it all.

    Freedom has never tasted so good.

  60. universalhead
    Oct 02, 2015 @ 09:59:21

    This post has certainly generated a lot of comment, which I appreciate, but if you commented on this post and haven’t seen your message appear, it is probably because I’ve decided to not allow comments that include one or more of the following:

    – conspiracy theories
    – unfounded and possibly libellous accusations
    – long, detailed raves about tech support experiences
    – obviously fake contact emails
    – unnecessary profanity

    I realise this issue can make emotions run high, but let’s keep the discussion civil and succinct. Thanks!

  61. shispare
    Oct 06, 2015 @ 09:22:34

    Yes, for a small company specially those outside US, our hourly rates are around 15$ and its very hard to pay the monthly subscription cost for every designer in the company. Desperately looking for alternatives, also in our part of the world we have seen a tremendous increase in using pirated adobe software even those who used to purchase software are using Adobe pirated now saying they can’t afford to pay this much price.

  62. Eraserhead
    Nov 23, 2015 @ 05:29:38

    I got infested too!

    Well, that is what it feels like; the Adobe CC apps and pops are messing up my CS6 Suite, which I paid good load of Money for fair and square by the way, and I can’t rellay use CS6 as intended.

    My misstake was to install a trial version of Adobe Audition CS6, and the Adobe CC curse came with it. I can’t seem to get rid of it any normal way, the Uninstall file is blocked becuase I “still have Adobe CC apps on my computer.” Not sure which ones or where they are or how the H to get rid of them, but I’m not going to budge.

    As soon as my computer is Adobe CC Clean I’m going to start looking for another video editor. Sadly enough, I have been a legit Adobe user since the mid 1990s, but it sure is a bit too much when my paid for programs suddenly becomes incompatible.


  63. Bobo
    Nov 25, 2015 @ 13:11:18

    Thanks for the heads up for Affinity…looks absolutely great, can’t wait to try it. It’s got all the things I use Photoshop for…the layers, the adjustments…I’m only worried about the painting features, will I be able to create brushes with the same level of control? And have a similar experience to Photoshop + Wacom?

    This really looks like HOPE. Awesome! I’m happy.

    Affinity Designer too! perfect for substituting Illustrator!

    The revolution has began. Freedom from the subscription plan and Adobe’s monopoly.

    It wasn’t an easy task. These looks like completely professional apps and even superior to Photoshop and Illustrator. Time will tell, I’m enthusiastic of what I’ve seen so far.

  64. universalhead
    Dec 15, 2015 @ 16:08:05

    Time to start putting my money where my mouth is and supporting those trying to offer an alternative – just bought Affinity Photo.

    • mr_lunch
      Dec 15, 2015 @ 17:43:36

      Any news on their rumoured layout app? Photo and Designer are already enticing… I just need an InDesign replacement and I’m in, too.

  65. Snorgplat
    Dec 15, 2015 @ 17:26:21

    The affinity products look really great, how are you guys liking them? My question though is does anybody know of any other good alternatives that are available to those of us that also have to be able to work with PC?

  66. Tom
    Feb 11, 2016 @ 01:38:55

    Greedy Bastards. I would never join their cloud based program.

  67. Randolph J Riesterer Sr
    Apr 19, 2016 @ 06:11:32


    Do I ever totally agree. I’ve been using Adobe’s web development products for years and now I am so angry at how they’re mistreating their established customer user-base that I could spit!!

    If someone out there would please start up (in their garage, if necessary) a similar, albeit functioning, web IDE suite and make it available to the public – I would pay nearly any price for decent software so I could drop all contact with Adobe and move to an alternate supplier of web development tools. I believe there are thousands of designers/developers who feel the same way I do?

    Boooo Adobe!!

  68. Doctors Without Pat Borders
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 21:51:09


  69. Chris Wapniarski
    Jun 03, 2016 @ 04:23:19

    I wholeheartedly agree… NO CC!

  70. Dave
    Jun 03, 2016 @ 18:56:57

    There are no real alternatives though are there. So it’s all well and good saying “Stop the monopoly”, but people need to work. What are they supposed to do?

  71. universalhead
    Jun 04, 2016 @ 09:33:08

    Dave – if the public calls out strongly enough for alternatives, they will appear. The alternative is to meekly submit, which is what this post rails against.

    Try the Affinity programs for example, they’re impressive.

  72. F--- the greed
    Jul 26, 2016 @ 13:07:22

    The Adobe greed has gone too far, Not only are going to f— everyone but they will stop you from selling your Adobe ON EBAY and AMAZON. They dont give a f—, if you send them pictures of your key and disc, they just don’t care at all. [Nasty bit edited out here] Why do we give so much power to one f—ing company, we did it with Amazon, we did it with Ebay and now Adobe, and god knows we sold our f—ing souls to Windows. WTF is going on with this world we live in, where does it stop.

    [Ed: edited for profanity and clarity]

  73. Cheryl
    Jul 29, 2016 @ 07:01:41

    I agree that CC is bloated and completely unstable. I tried a legitimate licensed version with a fresh install and the programs constantly crashed and had a ton of issues. I decided to cancel my service within the first week of using their garbage. I found the pirated versions that are somewhat “disconnected” from cloud and hacked to be “Free” were honestly more stable – even then it wasn’t 100% perfect so I got rid of that too. Most of the time I just end up going back to CS6 which is more stable than any current CC product is. It’s sad to see Adobe putting out such garbage.

  74. Robert
    Aug 02, 2016 @ 03:59:56

    I’m in the UK and have been using CS3 for 10 years. It cost me about £400.

    If I had been using their subscription service in that time (or if I join for the next 10 years) I would have paid 120 * £48 = £5,760. (About 8,000 USD)

    Granted CS3 is an old version and the price I’ve paid doesn’t include upgrades, but I haven’t wanted or needed upgrades until now.

    I’m now off to buy CS6 with a perpetual license.

  75. Allen
    Aug 14, 2016 @ 15:25:05

    Not only is this a giant ripoff by Adobe, Indesign is buggy as hell. Things don’t always work the same twice. Try the help files and you could be excused for going completely mad. I had to start using this rubbish a few months ago because the new publisher of my magazine insists I lay out what I submit using this crap. I’m thinking of changing publishers to a firm that will accept alternate layouts. How on earth did Adobe convince the world that this rubbish should be used? Yeah, there are some good things about it, but you waste hours trying to get stuff to work. That and the 600 bucks per annum has me frothing at the mouth.

  76. Gary
    Nov 13, 2016 @ 22:34:46

    First up, massive respect to all who posted above – Nice to see an active blog these days 🙂

    Coming in late to this discussion (Hey: blog. Right?) I really have to provide the counter view – even though I found this post searching for “useless adobe cc help” cause I’m trying to ask adobe help how to “bag” images in Lightroom I want to use, and the help system is so fucking useless and annoying – giving me results for other apps when nothing existes for Lightroom. Wankers.

    But – I am totally on board with renting my adobe!

    Maybe I’m a perfect case study for the company. I’ve been using their shit since the mid 90s – when it was owned by different vendors in some cases and had always pirated it. Apart from a possible Acrobat license at some point I’d paid then nothing till I signed up for CC.

    I now cough up AU$53 a month or something, and have done for about 3 years now. I’m no longer a graphics professional, but my passion/art is video and photog, and I spent many years working as an Internet graphics person so I have value for many of their apps and I really reckon I get good value – plus having the most up to date version is easy and mostly valuable.

    Spending $3000 on something that will become obsolete within a year was never an easy ask back in my poorer youth. Paying $50 a month at this stage of my life is totally easy.

  77. universalhead
    Nov 14, 2016 @ 11:20:07

    Unfortunately, apart from this thread, this blog isn’t very active!

    Thanks for your perspective. I, on the other hand, am still using CS6. There are no new features I’ve seen since CS6 that I need (and I’m a graphic design professional who uses Photoshop and Illustrator every day), and I’ve even heard the new versions are less stable. And I’ve saved myself some AUD$2K in the last three years by not upgrading.

    That’s the nature of choice – Adobe didn’t offer any improvements worth purchasing, so I didn’t purchase. The subscription model takes away that choice.

    Still, what you say doesn’t change all the arguments I’ve put forward for why the subscription model is a bad thing.

    I believe the price went up to AUD$58 this year. Because, you know, Adobe can increase the price any time they want and everyone locked into a subscription has to pay it or have no way of opening their own work. And they rely on people not even keeping track of exactly what they’re paying.

    BTW, thanks a lot for dishonestly pirating (sorry, ‘stealing’) for so long and being part of the problem. People that didn’t pay for the software made Adobe change the payment model in the first place – much like people who scam insurance agencies increase all our premiums. I have no patience with those who pirated Adobe programs when I paid for them for decades. I was poor in my youth too, so I had to borrow money and pay it back to pay for my work tools.

  78. universalhead
    Dec 09, 2016 @ 09:08:31

    AFFINITY PHOTO 1.5 has just been released and it’s available right now for US$39.95 – no bloody subscription – which is an absolute steal. If you’ve ever whinged about Adobe in any way, go support Affinity now.

  79. Paul
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 10:54:31

    I work in a large scale printing company (we make menu boards) and recently made a company-wide “upgrade” to the CC. Suddenly every single file (primarily AI) is incompatible with the “newer” version. What this means is that every AI file we use (literally thousands) has three layers (an art layer, a cut line layer where the machine cuts it out, and a ‘camera’ layer that lets the electronic eye find its place.) opening a file with CC now collapses everything into a single layer (losing any layer that is turned off) and EVERY SINGLE ITEM is locked into a clipping mask. If you have fifty vector shapes, text items, etc. that means fifty clipping masks that must be removed individually. SO MUCH HASSLE!!!!! This is bad enough, but every time CC updates itself, seventeen times a day, seemingly, whoops! Back to square one. This file was made with a newer version… Company wide, we are now re-installing CS6. You’re welcome Adobe, for the couple grand we threw at you for this failed CC “upgrade”. Dicks.

  80. universalhead
    Jan 21, 2017 @ 15:32:59

    Thanks for sharing your story – that’s horrifying, and a measure of how much Adobe cares about their customers these days: not at all.

    I’ve heard that Affinity are working on an inDesign-type program too. I really hope that company is going to become a serious competitor to Adobe in the near future. Because eventually, CS6 won’t work anymore and we’ll all have to make a serious decision. And I for one refuse to support Adobe anymore.

  81. Aiko Lee
    Mar 25, 2017 @ 04:38:17

    Right on. I just want to create 1 or 2 websites and maintain them but I have to buy into Dreamweaver’s perpetual never ending buying plan. This is like being charged multiple times for the same product.

  82. universalhead
    May 08, 2017 @ 08:16:13

    Update: what a surprise, Adobe continue to abuse their monopoly:

    I’m *still* using CS6 in a professional capacity every day, and haven’t paid Adobe a cent since my last upgrade. I intend to switch to the Affinity programmes when CS6 no longer works.

    Adobe are digging their own grave, and good riddance. The industry needs healthy competition again.

  83. palo
    May 13, 2017 @ 03:39:04

    Best photo editing software review comparison – RAW Converters Comparison … 😮

    Affinity is great option

  84. Mr. Wipple
    May 17, 2017 @ 23:09:29

    Just do the only rational thing and use a patched version that is widely available. You have already paid enough.

  85. universalhead
    May 18, 2017 @ 08:40:40

    If you mean use pirated software, that’s something I don’t do and have never done. I have no problem in paying companies for their software if they provide value in return. But I won’t support Adobe’s subscription payment system.

    That’s why I’ll probably end up transitioning to Affinity.

  86. Arnaud
    Nov 24, 2017 @ 13:11:38

    Because I’m a nice guy, I wanted to ask to Santa Claus a new wonderful display in QHD resolution (2560×1440) to have more space to work 🙂 With this kind of screen, you have to upscale the Windows interface, otherwise the text and all environment is too small at 100%. But, I have to wait because Adobe CS6, the professional suite to work graphic and picture, are not able to upscale his user interface in Windows. It’s just a joke! Even Open Source programs that are free, can do it. Fed up of Adobe. Version after version you can find the same bug. This company is focused only on the “how to get more money from my customers”.

    Me too I remember heard about Affinity when I wanted to know if an alternative exist one the market, after Adobe revealed his satanic plan. I think it’s the time for me to migrate now. Now, that Flash is dead and that I use Netbeans for websites, I still use Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere and Audition.

    On Premiere and Audition, I have a basic knowledge. I use Audition sometime to cut an MP3, no more and Premiere for simple things. I should find easily an alternative. For Illustrator and Photoshop, it’s quite hard for me to change, but I want to try Affinity and Inkscape, and I will see.

    20 years ago, my dream was to install Photoshop. Today, my dream is to completely uninstall the Adobe Creative Suite 😉

  87. universalhead
    Nov 24, 2017 @ 13:24:39

    I just bought the new Affinity Photo workbook – there’s a special launch price right now. I’m really hoping Affinity come out with their inDesign killer app before CS6 is made obsolete by a system change, and then I can switch completely to Affinity. With any luck, I will never be forced to sign up to Adobe’s ridiculous subscription system.

    One day all the alternatives will be available, and we can all finally uninstall Adobe from our computers.

  88. TimG
    Feb 04, 2018 @ 11:01:52

    I truly believe any company that tries to “limit customers choices” on their bureaucratic whim will deserving-Ly go belly up. Just as MS-Windows 8 crashed hard by trying to force desktop users to use only a cellphone interface. I guess the bureaucrats assume their customer base is so loyal they’ll actually keep paying them to be dictated on their bureaucratic whim. Hasta-la-vista Adobe – You don’t even register as existing anymore.

  89. Kalā
    Feb 09, 2018 @ 02:40:52

    Other online subscription models like Microsoft office 365 are for a niche markets and don’t affect most of users who prefer offline privacy, security, ownership and creation, where you can always use the program without having to worry about all of your files suddenly becoming unreadable because you lost your subscription.

    Adobe CC is about blackmail, holding your intellectual property hostage, claiming you have no right to it unless you pay them their monthly ransom. Your work is their work, in the cloud analyzed, passed around, and utilized for marketing schemes and to steal your ideas and intellectual property, all whilst believing their intellectual property is the only intellectual property which matters.

    Adobe CC is Ransomware, nothing new, and nothing more. You’ll pay for your intellectual property ad infinitum, 600 dollars per year, to keep access any of your work. You can take a screen shot of your work, that’s it.

    You are now forced to stop everything you’re doing, in the middle of a huge ongoing project, and learn a new work flow, learn how to use new and useless features, figure out where your work flow went, find items in changed menu items, and hold your breath for the next bug. In reality, and coming from someone who has used Photoshop professionally since version 1, we never upgrade to the latest version of Photoshop without knowing specifically if any nee features will improve our workflow, and the3, only purchase it when we have down time to sit and monkey with new software. Forcing updates on us is ludicrous. Impossible to get me on board, I don’t care what you’re offering. My files are my intellectual property, and I own them fully. If Microsoft had the type of monopoly over Doc files that Adobe has over any of theirs, nobody would use Microsoft office for fear of losing ownership and control of their documents at some point let alone in a forced subscription model. Its completely asinine.

    Hopefully, this spurns rapid growth of alternatives such as Gimp, like when Microsoft tried to limit piracy which forced Linux into rapid growth.

  90. Kalā
    Feb 09, 2018 @ 02:53:21

    In fact, Microsoft quickly backed off of its strict anti-piracy campaign exactly because of Linux and Open Office development and migration.

    These companies seem slow to understand that 200 billion people using their software doesn’t equate to 1.2 Trillion dollars in real world sales, and the 1 trillion dollar descrepency isn’t in fact all lost sales or what you’re entitled to. It means that you dominate the market, currently, and that’s it. Pull in the reigns and all you do is force everyone who’s not paying you to find alternatives, and join open-source communities, and work with your competitors to undermine and actively destroy you.

    Good luck with that, Adobe. All you’ve really done is created an army of people who want you replaced and who will work more diligently than you thought possible to bring about your demise and replacement. You’ve simply armed and fueled your own usurper.

  91. universalhead
    Feb 09, 2018 @ 09:57:01

    Thanks for your comments Kalā, though I did remove a few bits where you got a bit carried away (no threats here please).

    You’re correct in that the discrepancy isn’t ‘lost sales’. In a similar way, greedy movie and music companies have banged the drum long and loud for years about piracy, and much of the time only succeeded in driving people to piracy. The bottom line is, if you make quality products available to people at reasonable cost and at great convenience to the customer, they will buy. Treating them like enemies depriving you of revenue has the exact opposite effect.

    Affinity should release the final piece of the puzzle this year, their alternative to inDesign – and then hopefully we can all say goodbye to Photoshop, Illustrator and inDesign and get on with our work.

  92. Elka
    Mar 25, 2018 @ 09:55:09

    Just looking up this topic. I agree totally with your quest to change this. I am noticing the dates on this. What has happened in the meantime with your petition? if anything…Any hope for change? What have done since then to get around the monthly fee?


    • universalhead
      Mar 25, 2018 @ 11:55:39

      It’s not my petition, I was merely linking to it.

      Nothing has happened, except that the price of Adobe’s subscription fee has increased in the interim. As it will continue to do, whether customers agree they’re receiving enough value for their money or not. I think we can be sure that Adobe will never reverse this money-making decision, that’s why it’s time to turn to other alternatives like Affinity.

  93. Wayne flores
    Apr 17, 2018 @ 04:08:38

    There are so many adobe photoshop alternatives now.

  94. homemade
    Nov 21, 2019 @ 05:46:21

    Adobe, out of interest in consistency in its own apps over the broader user experience, has largely refused to support this basic feature released way back in 2011, choosing instead to rely on a nonstandard full-screen mode that doesn’t work with Apple’s windowing system and lays itself on top of all your other apps. This makes it a pain to use on laptops in particular—a problem considering much of Apple’s user base is on a laptop.

  95. Deborah
    Apr 03, 2022 @ 16:57:12

    I don’r trust Adobe ANYMORE. . .
    I have my own Master Collection and now, updates are hard to get; its hard to pay Adobe when I have the software on my computer. Is this legal. . . why should I pay per month when I brought the software and its still works good. I am afraid they are going to render my “owned” software outdated, like what they are doing with InDesign; I looked for updates and had to entered one of the free trials to get an update and made sure to get out before the deadline. i really don’t want Adobe to even log on my computer–depending on them for updates gave them too much power. BIG companies fall when they do not treat their customers like value customers, but manipulate, driving/forcing them to pay $200 + per year in Adobe prescription fee(s) for each software program that comes in the suite.

  96. Les
    Oct 27, 2022 @ 04:46:11

    I work in the publishing industry and have done since 1996. Worked with and adored Photoshop when we didn’t even have any layers to work with. Indesign came in and blew Quark out the water back in the early 2000’s or something and was like welcome saviour from the Quark hell, I loved it. I’am working freelance these days and there is absolutely no way out of the Adobe monopoly at this point. If you don’t pony up the subscription fee, you simply can’t work in the industry. We are at the mersey of the Adobe glutenous share holder pleasing monopoly wielding mafia on this one forever now. Adobe Fonts, Adobe Cloud all pushing forward to make the monopoly that much stronger and harder to leave. £892.66 for the years plan as of today. Just watching it go up every year. All large companies bring in the vampire share holder pleasing CEOs at the expense of customers these days. They don’t even have to worry about the end users anymore now the monopoly strats have all worked as they have bought out and swallowed up any competition in the graphics area.

  97. universalhead
    Oct 27, 2022 @ 09:34:34

    Astonishingly, this 17 year old blog post of mine still gets comments from frustrated Adobe users. I still feel the same frustration too.

    All I can say is have a good look at the Affinity programs, which are the closest we have to an Adobe alternative. The more support they get, the more chance us graphic designers to have to break the stranglehold Adobe perpetuates over us.