Why You Should Hate Adobe’s Creative Cloud
Ok, so we’ve covered why you should love the Creative Cloud: it gives you access to everything Adobe everywhere you go. It gives you all the outstanding programs at your fingertips. It is taking connectivity to a whole new level for creative collaboration. Updates are instantaneous. But all that aside, it’s a stifling, expensive system that might be forcing you into something you don’t want.
1) You’re only renting the software.
Adobe applications have become what many of us hate about other situations like internet service or rental housing: monthly payments. Worst yet, you no long can say you own the products. What happens if you can no longer afford the pricing, or what if Adobe arbitrarily increases pricing in the future? You can’t combat it. You’re trapped.
It’s all or nothing Sorry, my mistake. The real issue is dropping the ability to invest.
There are thousands, hundreds of thousands even, of Adobe customers who only use one program. Lightroom, Photoshop, whatever, they don’t need access to Illustrator. They have no idea how to use nor any intention of learning how to use After Effects. What the heck is Speed Grade? Ok, if you want photoshop you CAN buy it by itself, but it’s $20 a month. There are CC full subs that are that price, and even at full price that’s nearly half the cost of just getting everything. Not really all that appetizing. Plus, there are those of us who really like to buy software and keep it for 8 or 10 years. Can’t do that here. No more investing in software, and that has a lot of people miffed.
3) After paying for the subscription for years, in the end you have nothing to show for that investment.
Let’s say you buy the software subscription today and continue for the next three years. That’s a large investment, and in the end you’ll have spent a couple grand and have nothing to show for it. That’s an uncomfortable thought.
4) You won’t have access to your own files if you end your subscription.
We create thousands of gigabytes of data yearly, much of this data saved as Adobe proprietary file types. You stop paying a monthly fee, you can’t access those files. In the past, at least you could open them without fear, even if the software was outdated. Now? Not the case. You pay, or you lose your process. What that comes down to is there is no way to really exit from Adobe. You’re, again, trapped.
UPDATE: For those of you who misunderstand point 4, it has nothing to do with the end files you make, but everything to do with the proprietary formats like .psd or .ai. You can’t open those files without Adobe programs. That’s the issue.
I think the biggest mistake Adobe has made thus far is ignoring that group that only wants one piece of the software and not the whole suite. There are a lot of creatives who buy software and keep it forever. For them, the CC is exorbitantly more expensive. It’s a really tough situation and one where, amongst the folks I’ve talked about this with, we think Adobe is really missing the mark. There are a lot of angry people out there because people hate feeling forced into things they don’t want. They can’t invest. That’s the real issue.
What other reasons can you think of to dislike the new Adobe Creative Cloud? Will any of you defend it?