Prepare to get billed monthly.
Today at their Max conference in LA, Adobe announced that they will be ditching all their boxed software and moving to the Creative Cloud starting June 17. Oh, and they killed Fireworks too!
While many attendees were expecting a release of CS7, instead Adobe announced they decided to ditch the “Creative Suite” name in favor of “Creative Cloud” which won’t have the traditional release numbers anymore.
Adobe says they will allow everyone who owns a license to CS3 and up to subscribe to Creative Cloud for $29.95 per month for a limited time. But prepare to start dishing out at least $19.99 per month to use the newest version of Adobe Illustrator CC if you’re looking to upgrade.
This is big news for Adobe. While it seems to me like somewhat of a risky business move, they now claim to have over half a million paying subscribers since the creative cloud was introduced last year. However, that is still a drop in the bucket considering their market share, but obviously enough to make the switch.
I personally don’t care to subscribe to any software at a monthly subscription. And judging by the amount of negative comments on all the tech blogs making this same announcement, it seems like other creative folks don’t either.
This seems like a very risky business move for Adobe. What do you think? Will you upgrade to Illustrator CC?
You can view the new features in Adobe Illustrator CC here.