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Photographer
BODYSHOP FEETURES
Posts: 568
Nashville, Tennessee, US


I am getting a new computer soon.  My current system is over 8 years old and running windows XP.  I have CS2.

I heard that you can get the latest version of Photoshop on a subscription basis.....I think it's $20 a month...with a year commitment. 

Is this a good way to go.......or should I just buy it outright?

Looking forward to your feedback.

Ciao,
Mark
Dec 09 12 02:59 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
RacerXPhoto
Posts: 2,458
Brooklyn, New York, US


You system may not be able to run current version of PS
Min Sys requirments here
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/tech-specs.html

I know Adobe is ending support of XP after CS6 you will be S#$t out of luck then
My advice buy the DVD version
if you keep an eye out for sales quite often its sold for %50 off reg price

Another tip download the free PS demo
Run it on your system for a few weeks  before committing to a contract
Dec 09 12 03:13 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Art Silva
Posts: 8,878
Santa Barbara, California, US


not a good deal if you already have a previous version of Ps because in about 8 months of monthly payments you could "own" the full version update equivalent.

Now if you are starting from scratch, well That's a different story.
Dec 09 12 04:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Lost for Words
Posts: 357
Washington, District of Columbia, US


The OP says he's getting a new system, so XP support won't be an issue for him.

I use the subscription service and love it.  It is the full product without the cost up front.  You know they're making money no matter which option you choose.

Go for it.
Dec 09 12 04:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SYCF
Posts: 271
Los Angeles, California, US


If all you're using is Photoshop I'm not sure if that's worth it? For people that use more applications from the suite it seems like a good deal though.
Dec 09 12 04:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bravoscape
Posts: 259
Frederick, Maryland, US


Subscriptions rarely benefit the consumer. I get CS for free...but will need to buy a new version shortly. I will be buying CS6 outright. It makes more sense.
Dec 09 12 04:49 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
PhotosbyChuck
Posts: 2,222
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, US


It doesn't make sense for a single app.  If however, you will use other apps in the service (Premiere, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, etc.) ... well, the subscription may make sense.

In any event, you should know that the price of $20 is promotional ...
Dec 09 12 04:55 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Kev Lawson
Posts: 6,673
Fort Myers, Florida, US


1 other consideration: boxed or download (purchase) versions of CS allow use on 2 computers. They must be the same OS but you can use the software simultaneously on both computers.

The cloud version, you can install the software on 2 computers regardless of OS. You can not run the software on both simultaneously (according to the Adobe site).

Something I would consider if you use more than 1 machine for your work.

*from the FAQ: "Access to both the Mac OS and Windows® versions of the desktop applications and the ability to install them on your primary computer and one backup computer. So, if you have a Mac at home and a PC at work, you can install your applications on both as long as they are not running at the same time."
Dec 09 12 05:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Lost for Words
Posts: 357
Washington, District of Columbia, US


SYCF wrote:
If all you're using is Photoshop I'm not sure if that's worth it? For people that use more applications from the suite it seems like a good deal though.

This is true...I use most of the suite for multiple jobs.

Dec 09 12 05:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
BODYSHOP FEETURES
Posts: 568
Nashville, Tennessee, US


Hey.......thanx for all the advice............I will shop around. 

Ciao,
Mark
Dec 09 12 05:46 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AVD AlphaDuctions
Posts: 10,521
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada


one thing to consider is all the deals you miss by locking in to a monthly price.  and with Adobe there are always deals and upgrades and stuff like that.  for Black Friday they had Elements 11 (or 38) on sale for 59$.  whats the upgrade from Elements to CS6?
what's the upgrade on sale during boxing week? oh..ya...boxing week. there will be a sale.
Dec 09 12 05:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AVD AlphaDuctions
Posts: 10,521
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada


PhotosbyChuck wrote:
It doesn't make sense for a single app.  If however, you will use other apps in the service (Premiere, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, etc.) ... well, the subscription may make sense.

In any event, you should know that the price of $20 is promotional ...

current price is 49$/month. I just checked.

Dec 09 12 05:56 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
MN camera
Posts: 1,860
Saint Paul, Minnesota, US


PhotosbyChuck wrote:
It doesn't make sense for a single app.  If however, you will use other apps in the service (Premiere, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, etc.) ... well, the subscription may make sense.

In any event, you should know that the price of $20 is promotional ...
AVD AlphaDuctions wrote:
current price is 49$/month. I just checked.

That's for the entire CS6 suite.  A client is building a new edit box (happy dance!) and installing CS6 PPro, Photoshop, After Effects, and several things I'll likely never use.

Dec 09 12 06:01 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Ben Hinman
Posts: 596
Westwood, California, US


If you get the CS6 subscription, i'd say its worth it! After a few years you pay the same amount anyway, but the upside is you get free upgrades, so you won't have to pay for CS7 when it comes out
Dec 09 12 06:13 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Art Silva
Posts: 8,878
Santa Barbara, California, US


... it comes down to how much you will use the Suite and if it'll be cost effective for YOU.

$49 p/month is not worth it for just using Ps on a few photoshoots.
Dec 09 12 06:17 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
BODYSHOP FEETURES
Posts: 568
Nashville, Tennessee, US


Art Silva Photography wrote:
... it comes down to how much you will use the Suite and if it'll be cost effective for YOU.

$49 p/month is not worth it for just using Ps on a few photoshoots.

I think $49 a month is if you go month to month.......but if you commit to a year at a time it's $20

Dec 09 12 06:21 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AVD AlphaDuctions
Posts: 10,521
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada


BODYSHOP  FEETURES wrote:

I think $49 a month is if you go month to month.......but if you commit to a year at a time it's $20

check for yourself.  Go on Adobe's site and see. I don't know your exact situation so I cant be sure you don't qualify for some special deals but 49 is what I got.

Dec 09 12 06:24 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Kev Lawson
Posts: 6,673
Fort Myers, Florida, US


Art Silva Photography wrote:
... it comes down to how much you will use the Suite and if it'll be cost effective for YOU.

$49 p/month is not worth it for just using Ps on a few photoshoots.
BODYSHOP  FEETURES wrote:
I think $49 a month is if you go month to month.......but if you commit to a year at a time it's $20

The $20 is just for Photoshop. The 49 price is for the entire CS *suite* and the cloud. Both are promotional prices for a 1 year agreement.

Dec 09 12 06:25 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Caitin Bre
Posts: 1,798
Naperville, Illinois, US


I went with the subscription and love it. Updates the day there out, help when you need it. I find it a great value for 50.00 a month.
I use ps6 (7 as soon as its out), dreamweaver, fireworks, lightroom, muse, creative cloud, illustrator, indesign, and flash pro. plus I use acrobat 11 pro. So it really is a great value for all those included.

My big thing is when something new upgrades I get it no extra cost. And quick service.
Dec 09 12 06:25 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Art Silva
Posts: 8,878
Santa Barbara, California, US


UltimateAppeal wrote:

Art Silva Photography wrote:
... it comes down to how much you will use the Suite and if it'll be cost effective for YOU.

$49 p/month is not worth it for just using Ps on a few photoshoots.

The $20 is just for Photoshop. The 49 price is for the entire CS *suite* and the cloud. Both are promotional prices for a 1 year agreement.

What is it AFTER the first year agreement?

The bottom line is if you have an older version of Ps CS* and it's payed for, what new features will actually warrant putting money out for a new version.
Personally I use PsCC5 and I still only do my basic edits and layer masks, I do not need anything else more.

Dec 09 12 06:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
RacerXPhoto
Posts: 2,458
Brooklyn, New York, US


I saw $300 deals last year several times
$25 a month
If I run that for 2 few years Its cheaper than the subscription
If I have a program running fine I have no need to do every update
Support updates are free anyway to the person who thought she was getting some special with her subscription
F#$! the Cloud
Dec 09 12 07:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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