Adobe’s Mandatory Creative Cloud Controversy – My perspective since May 6

As everyone who isn’t in a coma knows, Adobe announced on May 6th that from now on, they will no longer sell their software. Subscription only. Adobe is betting the farm that their current and future users will either want to, or be forced to, move to the “ Creative Cloud” and then make monthly payments when they get there. Forever. There have been countless articles and postings already, some of them so absurdly pro-Adobe CC that it left reasonable people asking what’s left of online journalism, particularly sites accepting Adobe ad revenue. I won’t name names but JEEZ guys, aren’t you worried about your credibility?… And of course there have been MANY strongly negative responses as well. Some of the negative reaction has been so over the top that it cant be taken seriously. Not just anger but real nasty stuff. This is not a gray subject for most people. You either love it or you hate it, at least so far. Full disclosure: I think MANDATORY CC is an awful idea. I believe this is bad for small to medium business, creates huge risk during economic downturns, eliminates Adobe’s incentive to innovate and gives way too much power to Adobe to control how we work and how we create art. Worse, it opens the door to having our entire computing lives subject to monthly credit card payments and mandatory updates once other software companies get on board, a truly terrifying prospect. It is not hard to imagine having to make perpetual payments for every piece of software we use, even operating systems. As a result, Iv’e joined a lot of other people who are devoting a lot of time to trying to convince Adobe to drop the MANDATORY part of CC. But I’ve also learned a lot over the last couple of weeks, here’s a summary of what I “think” I know, I hope it’s fair. Please feel free to post if you feel I’ve got it wrong. Lord knows I’ve done that to other people. Bottom line: I hope to avoid insulting or talking down to people, I’ve had my fill of people doing that to me: ARGUMENTS FOR WHY IT’S GOOD FOR SOME CUSTOMERS (I’m sure there are more) :...

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Adobe – Creative Perspective

Along with the previous post regarding the Adobe Creative Cloud controversy, I created a short PSA style animation earlier this week that explored contemporary thoughts regarding Adobe’s new announcement of a subscription only model for software distribution. The video has received a fair amount of attention and comment, including some input from Adobe...

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