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Adobe have announced updated features to Photoshop cloud members only and have upset their loyal non cloud membership.

New Photoshop CS6 capabilities available to Creative Cloud members, include:

  • Immediate support for HiDPI (Retina) displays for Apple MacBook Pro. This feature was also made available to perpetual license customers as a free update.
  • Smart Object support for Blur Gallery and Liquify.
  • The ability to quickly export CSS code for text and objects, and import color swatches to easily design incredible websites.
  • New workflow timesavers including Crop tool refinements.
  • 3D enhancements including improved live (OpenGL) previews of shadow effects and additional control over illumination using 32-bit color picker to create glow effects.
  • Conditional Actions that automatically select the appropriate Action based on user-defined rules, giving users enhanced image processing speed.

For once I decided to join the cloud community at £27 a month for a year but it makes it hard when I have a full version on my iMac and a cloud version on my MacPro.

Some people are seriously not happy with this decision…

“The only possible way of slowing this abhorrent exploitation is to refuse to subscribe and to put immense pressure on fellow photographers to do the same.

This effectively triples the price for those of us who upgrade every three years. Looks like Adobe is betting that at least one in three of current users will roll over on their bellies and subscribe, in which case Adobe still wins, as they save on DVD production and packaging. If more than one in three subscribes, it’s all gravy.

Note that the subscription rate is “based on annual membership.” Tell me there aren’t plenty of users who go months without using a software product. Too bad, keep paying.

The apologists here remind me of misguided, cheerful victims of repressive regimes, including those of WWII.”

I’ve also read reports that Adobe customer agents are now telling people that the next version of Photoshop will be subscription only. This model may well be attractive for new users, but gouges existing owners – a 100% price increase? As soon as there’s a viable alternative sad to say I’m off. In the meantime I’ll look closer at Pixelmator and others. Adobe can do whatever they want with pricing and I’m free to spend my money however I want too. Shame on you, Adobe.”

Adobe have lost a lot of time and money to the hacker community who insist on cracking every version of Photoshop that appears on the market, this is who Adobe are fighting but sadly it’s the long term, honest users like myself who suffer.




Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

2 thoughts on “Adobe announces updates for cloud members only !

  1. dont worry – once the hackers get hold of it – you can join the rest of us with free software

  2. It is actually a legal requirement that software companies not release ‘new’ features to software without charging for it. However, this legal rule falls away when the user is paying a subscription. Hence the subscribers get new features as they are available, the rest have to wait for the next paid release. I investigated this on the Adobe website carefully before choosing to subscribe over the regular upgrade. And this was discussed in detail at Adobe’s promotion tour of CS6 video products.

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