Adobe-cs5I just took advantage of Adobe's 20% off upgrade for Creative Suite 5.5, and it's a good thing, because apparently Adobe is killing upgrade pricing entirely for the Creative Suite -- and its individual components -- unless you're running the latest version. This means when CS6 is released next year, if you're not on CS5.5, you'll have to pay full price. Here's what they had to say:

In order to qualify for upgrade pricing when CS6 releases, customers will need to be on the latest version of our software (either CS5 or CS5.5 editions). If our customers are not yet on those versions, we’re offering a 20% discount through December 31, 2011 which will qualify them for upgrade pricing when we release CS6.

Upgrade to Adobe CS5.5 and Save!

Okay, so they're also allowing upgrading from CS5 -- probably because CS5.5 was not a universal suite release (though it did update all of the major video apps). Not surprisingly, comments on the post are closed -- no one's going to be happy about this news, especially when Adobe buries the lede in a blog post about Creative Cloud, their new monthly subscription model for Creative Suite that includes touch apps and other extensions. Creative Cloud will cost $50/month (or $70/seat for businesses), but whether or not you want to pay a monthly subscription fee instead of periodically buying a suite of applications, it looks like the days of skipping a few versions of the Adobe suite are over. Were they feeling ironic at Adobe when they titled the post "New Choices for Customers?"

[via Toolfarm]