I think the subscription model is genius, personally. If you don't need the software regularly, you can subscribe briefly, use all of their software as you need, then not have to pay anymore. Beats spending hundreds of dollars on a single piece of software that you'll use a few times. However, if you're a professional, and use their products on a regular basis, you just roll the subscription cost into your fees, or write it off. Subscribing for a year gets you full access to all of their software for less than what a single Photoshop license would have cost previously.Also, remember that you never actually OWN software, you own the license to use it. I don't personally see a single drawback with the CC subscription model. Like Mandalorian said, if you don't see yourself using the CC suite consistently, find something open source that will suit your needs. Or do a single month subscription. It's really an incredible bargain.
Also, remember that you never actually OWN software, you own the license to use it.
While technically true, most companies dont put restrictions on your purchase (like adobe does) and you can use the software for the rest of your life, if you want. I still use a copy of Reason 2.5 that I bought over a decade ago. I just re-installed and re-registered it with them and they honored it. I still play games I bought in the 1990s.I think the subscription model is really bad because its part of a new wave of selling digital products where you literally do not own it. The music you buy. The movies. Just leased, not owned by you. And the point that Simon brought up about your sessions being locked when your not paying for the software is a lot like the company saying that you dont even own the content that you create with the software. How would that be? If all the video/audio editing software and compositing software and word processing software had a section in their User Agreement that they own what ever you create on their software? Call me paranoid, but these huge companies would do exactly that, if they could, and they are working towards it slowly. And when that happens, my old ass will go back to analog... Like Mad Max.
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