Tuesday 12 April 2011

Adobe Offers Subscription Model For Software

We currently hold a license for the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Premium software. We use InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator primarily for designing various publications from books through to pamphlets. We also use the Adobe Acrobat Pro features quite a lot.

We were looking to upgrade to Creative Suite 5.5 when it releases sometime next month.

Our price to upgrade from CS 3 Premium to CS 5.5 Premium (CS 5 today with up to CS 5.5 for free) when it comes out is:


When we click on the Upgrade Eligibility link we see:


So, our price is $799.00 for the download version of the product. Given the strength of our Canadian dollar against the US dollar we are wise to purchase today. There were times in the past when we were purchasing at $.60 Canadian to the US dollar!

Now, if we were looking into getting things set up for the first time or if we were beyond the Upgrade from 1 Suite position we would probably look at Adobe’s new subscription model.


For $1,140.00 per year we would have the required license plus access to the newest version when released without too much fuss. In the end it may be a bit less expensive to run with the subscription model, however one would need to keep in mind that when the subscription lapses so do the licenses.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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