Adobe Extends 40% Discount on Creative Cloud to June 2013
So much for the deal expiring at the end of August -- Adobe's offer of their entire Creative Suite for $30/month (as opposed to $50/month) is now available until June of 2013 for current CS users (CS3 or later). You have to sign up for a full year of Creative Cloud but the savings totals $240; I myself am a satisfied Creative Cloud user, and who doesn't like saving 40%?
To get the discount you'll have to commit to an annual plan instead of month-to-month. If you're not in for the subscription-based pricing, Production Premium is $1899; if you want it all, the Master Collection is $2,599. If, for example, a company is footing the bill and you get to keep the software, these boxed versions might still make sense. However, considering the monthly membership is $360 for a full year after the discount -- and considering Adobe comes out with new versions basically every year -- they're really making Creative Cloud the most attractive version.
The one issue I've run into is installing the apps from the Creative Cloud also brings with them separate uninstallers, so there's no centralized way to remove all of the apps in one fell swoop (as there is with the Master Collection, for example). And the first time I tried to install all the apps from Creative Cloud, a few of them failed, but retrying fixed the issue. They are some sizable downloads and I wouldn't be surprised if my internet connection dropped sometime during the download. Other than that, however, everything's running smoothly with this newfangled cloud membership software concept.