Adobe Releases CC2015, Designers share and ask: Why are you still using CS6?

by Fred Showker

Adobe Creative Articles I've been following this thread for a while on LinkedIN, and wanted to share a few selected comments for those of you who have not taken the plunge. There are many out there who really love the Creative Cloud. There are many out there who refuse to jump into the Creative Cloud.

Of course, all of the Adobe talking heads, the liminaries, all think it's the best thing since sliced bread. Yet if you see the "Photoshop One" video, you see how much they really don't know. But you'll soon realize there are all kinds of people with all kinds of Adobe needs. We have maintained level 7 of most Adobe products, along with the early CS2 and our final version is CS6. When it no longer functions, we'll toss it and retire. Don't laugh : believe it or not, my go-to program for very quick image tweaks and deployment is Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 -- it handles 90% of image work for social networking and web publishing, doesn't complain, is blazing fast and cost $49 ten years ago.

From all walks of life, from all over the world, here are some comments: "Why are you still using CS6?"

I resent the new pricing model, resent the lack of ownership

Because I resent the new pricing model, resent the lack of ownership, resent the complete and total liability represented by relying on Adobe, and I resent the way they strung us out by establishing themselves as a standard then change models to force us into CC submission. I have so much resentment in general for Adobe and the way that it is raping it's customers that I personally cannot imagine what they could do to convince me to pay as much for their service as I do for my portion of the electrical bill. If I were to get as many services from Adobe as I get through CS6, I could buy a car for the same amount.
      Adobe gave out copies of it's original software 20 years ago, encouraging service bureaus to hand out pirated versions to our customers. They waited until they got market saturation and until they were sure that they had bought up and dismantled any competition, all so they could get us hooked and force us to pay repeatedly for their new subscription model. You see this same behavior in the proverbial drug dealer paradigm. String them out first, then when they are hooked, charge them out their back pocket. I have worked with Adobe products since they first started and I will be sticking with CS6 until there is something I can't do with CS6 and I have a really high paying project that requires CC20xx. At that point, I will submit all personal integrity and become a sheep for Adobe like they want. Until then, I'm holding out.
UGNN Jason Burnett

You'd have to use CC for exactly 4.33 years

I don't get your argument – have you even looked at pricing?
      The CS6 Master Collection cost $2,599, while the full CC subscription costs $50 per month – You'd have to use CC for exactly 4.33 years (52 months) until you'd have paid the same amount for CC that you paid for the Master Collection, while getting new features via automatic updates and access to the full Adobe app spectrum which was not the case with CS6.
UGNN Max Luczynski

I like CC

I like CC :) I like that I get access to a wide variety of tools, which opens the door for me to learn more and enhance my skills and experience.
      I also like that I can use my single subscription login on different machines, across PC and Mac, and I also find that the pricing model is quite reasonable for the amount of tools available. Technology moves fast, and the longer we take to get up to speed with the way new tools work, the faster we get behind the competition who can offer faster and better results. No complaints about Creative Cloud here - except that I'm not sure why Captivate isn't included?
UGNN Paul Zahradka

both arguments are valid

I think both arguments are valid somehow. Like Jason Burnette I like to own the tools I have to work with every day. Every monthly payment I have to make bothers me somehow. There's always the fear that it could end all of a sudden. I have been in the situation; trying to work with CC but connection problems with the Internet kept me from it.
      On the other hand, Adobe applications are pretty buggy and need a lot of updates during their time and to me it seems far more reasonable to rent them and always get the new versions than paying a lot of cash for something like CS2 that just won't work properly . . . . . It's a matter of Adobe or not Adobe. Just a little bit Adobe doesn't exist anymore.
UGNN Henning Langen

If Adobe were hacked tonight

If Adobe were hacked tonight while we all sleep, CS6 would work just fine tomorrow morning.
UGNN Ted Pendlebury

I don't trust the cloud

Why do I still use CS6?
  A. I don't like subscription models.
  B. I don't trust the cloud; I don't want my work
     out in an ephemeral cloud where anyone can pluck it out of the cloud.
  C. I want my software to reside on my computer, not in a network.
UGNN Curtis LeMay

Nothing seems easy about the Adobe subscription plan.

I recently subscribed to Illustrator as I am still using CS6, but upon installation I got a message that Adobe no longer supports Mountain Lion OS. I have to install Yosemite to run it. I may have to purchase upgrades for 3D and other programs I use if I upgrade the OS. Taking weeks to do the research.
      Nothing seems easy about the Adobe subscription plan.
UGNN Chuck Higbee

Adobe's greedy subscription model will eventually be it's undoing

I agree with Craig about Affinity Designer, I am creating an entirely new illustration portfolio with it and I Iove it.
      I had CC and after the first year they raised the subscription price. I also was not able to open a CC file in a non CC version. I think that Adobe's greedy subscription model will eventually be it's undoing.
UGNN Roger Radtke

PSD took, 16 hours

It takes an abnormally long time to download programs, PSD took, 16 hours, slows down your internet and of course you cannot use programs so you cannot work. It really eats RAM if you do not clean out all other old adobe programs.
      2015 seems to have taken care of that now but even now i am trying to update AI and it is like working on dial up. However i like the subscription cost and definitely see the benefits of that-having the newest software all the time,, when you have the patience to update it
UGNN Andrew Corrigan: andcordesign inc

Hans summs it up :

Why waste my money on subscriptions? Affinity Designer is just $50.
* What Adobe is offering in this new release that other versions cannot do? It is worth paying a monthly subscription just to have the privilege to open your own files? Does the new version has tiny little changes and that is why is call “NEW VERSION!!!!!”? Is Adobe trying to sell you the fixes for its bugs as “New Version”? Why even consider to jump into the next version if the new version does not offer a real and substantial improvement over the last 2 or older versions? Because people pay subscription, Adobe is not obligate to improve its software, nor has the incentive to spend money on creating something new and worth of our money.
      What I am waiting for? I am waiting for something actually worth paying for.
UGNN Hans Duenas


If you would like to follow along, just venture out to :
GO Adobe Releases CC2015; Why are you still using CS6?
      started by Dan Hudson, President, E-Spec, Inc.
GO Also see : Adobe Alternatives : 15 Open Source Programs

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