Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Adobe Cloud- Don't Be Fooled

Today Adobe announced a new cloud based subscription price on certain Adobe products. I'm not going to link to Adobe or mention the pricing scheme. Fact remains that Adobe isn't listening to their consumers. Enthusiast and Professional photographers largely do not want to pay a subscription for software they should own. They don't want to have their work on a cloud. And it's simple why Adobe isn't abandoning this nutty idea right away- they've invested a lot of money and time into this project. They want it to succeed. They also want to earn more profit by creating less workforce. I'm not a supporter of this idea at all. For those of you who think its a good price- just remember that price now and the price later are a totally different ballgame. For those of you who need a push: Think long term and don't be suckered into this shroud scheme. Adobe pretends to care about you now, so this project will gain enough traction to start a chain reaction an dependence on this way of doing business. Don't do it.

Adobe CS6 Standard Edition NOT CLOUD BASED
Fact is that the new pricing scheme is in direct relation to the negative reception this idea has created with Adobe's buying public. Adobe apparently didn't learn the lesson and are trying to out fox their customers yet again. Fact is you have them reeling and on the run. Adobe knows this. Suits are reading this peeved off that it's so obvious and that they totally underrated thier consumers intelligence. Whoops, you made a mistake. Faster you apologize for it and kiss some major ass to your good loyal customers, the better.

The clock is ticking for your companies survival. Good luck to you Adobe. You make some fine products but lately some very poor decisions.

-Carl Garrard


  1. Did you write this post?

    Apologies if you did.

  2. That's the spirit mate. Glad you have the undercarriage to post this.

    Mick in AUS

  3. YS- No I didn't write that post, someone copied my post from here and posted it on DPR. I asked DPR to remove it, I don't like to have my posts copied and pasted ever, never on other sites, and especially when they have links that may make revenue. DPR and I have a great relationship, I don't want them thinking I did this.

    Thank you so much for making me aware about it. Maybe the intent was good, but I follow rules. Copywriting my stuff is a no go no matter what.


  4. Hi Carl.
    I totally agree with your comments. I wrote a long letter to Digital Photo on this very subject a few months ago. The surprise was that they did not publish it or comment. I've used various CS programmes and can't see the point of paying good money for something you will never own. One good point against this arrangement is that if you stop paying you can't access any of your photos...not very bright.

    This is a rubbish idea as far as us customers are concerned and we need to do all we can to dissuade Adobe from continuing with the idea.

    Tony h

  5. Thanks for confirming, Carl. This is not the first time this guy has done that.

  6. "One good point against this arrangement is that if you stop paying you can't access any of your photos...not very bright."

    Huh? Where did that come from? You can (and should) store your photos on your hard drive if you use CC. The online storage area is fine for file swapping, sharing and delivering to clients, but you'd need to be dumb as a rock to use it as your permanent storage.

    So if you leave CC, your files on your hard drive aren't "locked" when you stop subscribing. There a risk that if you save in a CC proprietary format (say some future version of PSD) you'd have trouble opening the file, but that remains to be seen and the workaround is to save a copy locally as a tiff/jpg/dng/raw.

    I'm no fan of CC and refuse to subscribe, but there are plenty of good reasons not to, without resorting making stuff up.

  7. Did he say that he'd be using it as a primary storage? I didn't read that at all. It really doesn't matter how much or little you have stored there, when you don't subscribe or the cloud is down, you can't access them.

    I think the idea of the cloud isn't for discerning photographers, the overwhelming comments tend to all agree with that. It's infringement, period.


  8. Thanks Carl.
    Yes I was referring to the storage arrangement but I think it might also apply to photos formatted/processed in PS file system although you would still be able to access these direct without any of the changes you have made (RAW that is) side-car file will not work for example as far as I've determined (anyone know otherwise?).

    Up date on the DP Mag. Have exchanged further e-mails with Jon at DP. They don't seem keen to publish anything against CC or even start a conversation. Jon tells me that they are making more of LightRoom & Elements. I've asked him what happens if Adobe move these to subscription?

    No reply....