Breaking News: Adobe Creative Suite Boxes Discontinued
As an Authorized Adobe Reseller for over a decade and currently an Adobe Gold Reseller Partner, we at SoftwareMedia.com occasionally get the inside scoop on upcoming changes in Adobe’s product offerings. Today our sources confirmed what we thought might happen in a year. Or three. It’s true: Adobe is discontinuing the Creative Suite as we have come to know it, effective April 30th, 2013.
The pace of software innovation continues its inevitable acceleration. In order to keep up, and help their users keep up, Adobe has officially announced to its retail partners that they will be discontinuing their boxed versions of Creative Suite and Acrobat. Adobe will now be focusing on Electronic versions and their quite popular Creative Cloud, a subscription based collection of Adobe’s creative products.
From the email correspondence:
“As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Adobe Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will no longer offer shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite family or Acrobat family…[the] last order date through distribution is April 30.” - Adobe Global Channel Enablement Team
So Adobe is making the big move to the cloud, much like many other companies these days (Office 365 anyone?) and whether we like it or not big changes are coming.
Software as a service is particularly polarizing among consumers. Even in my own department we’re split pretty evenly. There are certainly some compelling pros and cons to the move.
Low up front costs
A subscription license makes it easier for people who don’t have several hundred dollars on hand to get high quality software they need. This model favors students and startups.
Instead of waiting months and years for updates and new functionality you can get them as they are released by Adobe.
Lower manufacturing costs/ Green
Moving to the cloud cuts down on the costs of manufacturing physical products and packaging. Anything that helps us cut down on “stuff” generally is good for the environment. This will also bring down manufacturing costs for Adobe, who may or may not pass on those savings to us.
In addition to these benefits Robert Lather, our Adobe Channel Manager had a few more to add,
…the main benefit by discontinuing ShrinkWrap, is that our customers do not have to worry about storing media disks and making sure they are not losing them. Instead, all media will be stored via the customer’s licensing portal. Therefore, whenever they need media, the customer will log into their portal and download the correct media. This saves the customer time from having to look around the office for the correct version and from having to save the actual disks. Also, by having the customer download their media, they are able to have the product the same day the order is placed. The customer no longer has to wait for the media to be shipped.
More expensive in the long run
Many people wait several editions to upgrade their software. With this model you won’t have that option. For example, if you paid $500 for Photoshop CS3 and only decided to upgrade for another $500 when CS6 came out, you end up paying considerably less than if you paid for every single upgrade between CS3 and CS6.
No perpetual license
The reason the subscription model is more expensive is because you don’t get a perpetual license. With a perpetual license you buy it once for a higher up front cost and you can use that version of the software indefinitely. As Adobe moves to the cloud perpetual licenses will no longer be an option.
Monthly License Verifications
A common misconception is that you won’t be able to use the software when you don’t have access to the internet. You only need the internet to download the applications and then to verify your Adobe ID once per month. So, you won’t need to worry about getting work done while you’re traveling and have spotty internet access.
Adobe also includes a 7 day grace period if you are unable to verify your ID on the due date. After the grace period however, your apps will be locked.
Adobe will stop shipping Creative Suite and Acrobat boxes on April 30th so our stock is limited, and will be running out fast. If acquiring boxed licenses for Creative Suite products and Acrobat is a priority then act quickly while supplies last.
So what do you think of the big news?! Let us know in the comments below!
UPDATE: We want to clarify that Adobe is discontinuing boxed versions of Creative Suite. Electronic versions and Creative Cloud are the direction Adobe plans to go in the future.