visca - 2:18 pm on May 21, 2013 (gmt 0)
@ bhonda - That is how I look at this situation as well, it's an excellent opportunity for other publishers to step up their game and capture market share that up to this point has been strangled by Adobe.
I've been on board with Adobe since well before the first iteration of Creative Suite, but this recent subscription model decision has compelled me to look elsewhere and systematically replace its key applications:
So far I'm replacing:
* PhotoShop with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6.3
* Audition with Reaper 4.4
The big issue is Dreamweaver... there isn't anything else at that level of sophistication on the market. Even Microsoft appears to has given up. And the smaller lesser known HTML software titles look uninspiring at best in their features and refinement. Surely we haven't all just caved in and accepted Dreamweaver as the sole HTML design platform outside of full development environments?
Final word: Adobe's heavy handed tactless approach to this subscription-only business model migration really left me discontent. Subscriptions are fine for those that want them, but to leave people whom purchased multi-thousand dollar licenses of CS6 in the cold for updates so they would be inspired to then shell out for a monthly subscription because "that's where all the action is" boggles the mind. Not to mention the single application subscription costs only serving as gateway drugs to full CC package (who is going to pay $20 for a single application when $50 includes everything - it serves only to entice full subscriptions). The last thing I want is another bill, the accumulative effect of these subscriptions is a credit card statement full of $15 for Microsoft, $50 for Adobe, and so forth. Is this really the direction we as consumers want this to go?
I'm done venting, thank you for reading.