October 3, 2012

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%?

Adobe Creative Suite 6

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.

If you're looking for training for this new software, here are a bunch of Premiere Pro video tutorials and some others via Adobe TV.


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I've been broke and haven't upgraded from CS5.5 and was waiting to just buy the upgrade box but maybe if it's still this cheap, I should just pay for the cloud service instead of waiting for $375 extra dollars

October 3, 2012 at 12:32PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


$360 for a year....they really come out with a new version every 14-16 months. So no, you're looking at roughly $400 version to version.

Two problems with this....

1. Adobe controls your upgrade cycle. We have all seen new version come out and early adopters get bit by a bug that QA missed. Adobe has been good to fix these fairly quick...but really, if you're tied to their system so closely, these potential issue can lead to downtime. The worst word in the production world.

2. Once you go subscription, you in it forever. Maybe subscription based software distribution is the future. I used to work for a large software company (Adobe's only real rival) over 10 years ago, and we were trying to push that back then. Our goal was long term customer retention. People who subscribe, stay as subscribers much longer than those who purchase individually. This is systematic across all industries. My issue is that, like cel phones, once you have a plan, you will forever be on a plan. That means I will be paying Adobe $30-$50 a month for the foreseeable future. Version 5.5 didn't present anything I really needed (for my work) and I could elect to skip that upgrade and save several hundred dollars and not upgrade for almost 2 years. (20 months between my upgrade from 5 to 6)

I think the cloud service is super attractive to those potential users of LEGIT software that cant' drop $1600 up front to get on board. Adobe provides them with a lower monthly payment to get in. Saves you from paying high interest on your credit card or getting a bank loan/line of credit. However, for existing users who have already made that initial capital investment, I don't see the point.

October 3, 2012 at 12:45PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


Good points -- really #1 though, you are not FORCED to upgrade with Creative Cloud. Just stick with your current versions throughout a project as you normally would, then choose to upgrade when you're between projects if you choose...

October 3, 2012 at 4:22PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

Ryan Koo

What people forget about "owning" the software is User Offset. Say you are a business with five licenses. Well a new point version comes out. Do all five of your employees really need the x.5 upgrade? ...likely not. With a pay-to-play subscription you no longer have a User Offset option anymore. At least with owning the software if you hit a rough spot financially then you at least have software you can use to make money with even if it's not the latest release. On subscription, if you hit a rough spot financially and can't pay your monthly bill, then you now have zero software to use and can't even open your files. Basically the landlord boots you out of the apartment! Pay-to-play is just software slavery enticed with a low-cost-to-entry carrot. As long as people can pay the monthly bill they will likely love it, but when the moment comes they can't pay... they will hate it. I wouldn't be surprised if Adobe starts selling payment protection plans much like credit cards companies do... he he.

October 4, 2012 at 3:31PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


I am a happy Creative Cloud user, since I had a boxed version of CS5.5 for my iMac, but when I built my Windows editing machine, I found out that an OS X license cannot be transferred to a Windows machine.

However, Creative Cloud allows you to install it on two machines, cross platform. That sold me.

October 3, 2012 at 12:52PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


I think it takes some arithmetic and up to a 5-year projection to calculate if subscription is cost effective over buying. The fine print that I saw only after I signed up says after one year the monthly rate is subject to increase. Chances are, there WILL BE AN INCREASE each year. And usually this also means you are no longer entitled to incentives, which are generally offered to newbies to get 'em hooked in the first place.

I think Adobe only started subscriptions in April 2012, so we don't know yet how much increase will transpire each year. But I think over time it will be less expensive to purchase. A few months before my sub expires, I will be looking for buying bargains, e.g., VIdeo Guys, eBay, etc., because my long-range arithmetic indicates I will save nothing, or in fact lose currency, on a long-range subscription.

October 3, 2012 at 3:13PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


Also, for what it's worth, Adobe Muse is only included in the Cloud subscription. I actually like that quite a bit and used it to design my new website. It's not as simplistic as Apple's iWeb was, but still not as complex as Dreamweaver (which may not be complex to a lot of people). Muse kinda falls in the middle.

I'm very happy with CS6 and the subscription plan.

October 3, 2012 at 4:40PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


Also, for what it's worth, Adobe Muse is only included in the Creative Cloud subscription. I actually like that quite a bit and used it to design my new website. It's not as simplistic as Apple's iWeb was, but still not as complex as Dreamweaver (which may not be complex to a lot of people). Muse kinda falls in the middle.

I'm very happy with CS6 Creative Cloud plan.

October 3, 2012 at 4:42PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


Oh, and almost forgot. The subscription model includes 20GB of cloud storage space. You don't get that with the boxed addition.

October 4, 2012 at 3:48PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM



October 4, 2012 at 3:49PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


just in case you missed my first comment... :)

October 3, 2012 at 4:45PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


As far as the box set goes, would it change your thinking if you were in a student's position? (70% off master collection) If so, how?

October 4, 2012 at 9:31AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


I'm fairly certain the $29.99 monthly price is available for as long as you are a student, as opposed to just receiving that discounted price for the first year.

And you get 20GB of online cloud storage and Muse.

That's a pretty sweet deal, IMO.

October 4, 2012 at 3:54PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


bought the whole cs6 suite .. what's the advantage of paying additionally for the cloud?

October 5, 2012 at 4:52AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


I recently upgraded to CS6 after finishing a project. Adobe tried to usher me into their cloud but I learned that even after paying a full year subscription, if you stop subscribing, you don't don't own what you paid for.

You will revert to the most recent version you had before entering the cloud. I had 5.5 on disks and I can pay a full year of having CS6. But stop paying and I'll be back to CS5.5! Why would I want to do that?

I suspect that Adobe is extending their wonderful deal for another year because cloud conversions have not been up to their expectations.

Adobe's cloud is blocking Adobe's own sunshine...

October 5, 2012 at 12:46PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


I still don't get how I am suppose to work on a 1 gig file in the cloud...this is for web based low res stuff not pro photography or video...What am I missing here?

October 5, 2012 at 1:03PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


What I worry about is not wanting to subscribe next year (if the price goes up) and not being able to open my recent files with older version software that I already have.

March 13, 2013 at 1:11PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM