Subscription Price Increase for Adobe Creative Cloud Imminent

Subscription Price Increase for Adobe Creative Cloud Imminent

Next month, Adobe is raising the price of its Creative Cloud subscription plans for the first time in five years.

As Adobe announced in October 2017, after April 16 of this year, those who are subscribed to the All Apps plan, Individual Single App plans, or Creative Cloud for Teams All Apps plan will see increases on their bill at their next annual renewal date.

While the price increases are modest — single app subscriptions will increase $1 per month, the All Apps plan will go up $3 per month, and the All Apps for Teams getting the short straw and going up $10 per month — those who are already not happy with the initial switch to the Creative Cloud subscription model will not find peace with this.

Adobe clarified in an email to DPReview that the Creative Cloud Photography plan and Student/Education plans will not see a price change at this time.

Fortunately, since the time Adobe’s Creative Cloud was first announced, much more comparable alternatives to popular applications such as Photoshop and Lightroom have been released.

Is now the time to seriously consider the one-time fee alternatives? Or is this minor price increase of little concern? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Rob Watts's picture

Hmm, I'd like to hear from the C1 folks around here to know if that is true or not.

I'm running C1.v10 on a Mac running OS10.13.3, and I can also upgrade to C1.v11 no problem.
C1 .v10 and .v11 will run on MacOS 10.11, 10.12, and 10.13 ... no upgrade of any sort required.

C1 versions 9, 10, and 11 will all run on MacOS10.11

So upgrading your MacOS from .v10, to .v11, to .v12, to .v13 would allow you to continue to use your Capture1 .v9 software throughout without any issues at all.

Where you might see an issue is if you're running an older operating system version, and an older C1 version ... if you suddenly updated your operating system (jumping a few versions), you may also suddenly have to upgrade C1.

That's pretty typical of complex, high-end software though, as that software usually makes use of very specific operating system functions. I know the same is true of the VectorWorks CAD software I use.
I certainly don't expect to be able to run a 6 year old version of Capture1 on the very latest version of MacOS.

But unlike Adobe and their subscription model, I have multiple options to leave my functioning Capture1 system as it is, bought and paid for ... and with a dedicated computer for all photographic needs, I don't update my MacOS by rote with each release, I only update if (and when) I see features specific to photography that I require. That "requirement" when viewed specifically though the photography lens, is certainly not every single MacOS system increment.
Indeed I more often upgrade MacOS when I change my hardware platform, which is about once every 5 years.

You can extrapolate from the above that indeed Phase1 has NO policy of bug fixes and OS updates requiring the immediate replacement of your existing C1 application with any sort of paid update.

Additionally, Capture1 blows Lightroom out of the water, and I'd gladly pay for such quality even if it meant a $99.00 version upgrade every few years (which it doesn't UNLESS you upgrade your hardware platform such that you're obliged to run the very latest OS on your "new" platform, and you happen to be a few versions back on C1).

I tried Capture1 a good while back, and general library management was sitting somewhere between painful and useless to the point that Windows Explorer provided a better experience. It may be great for studio sessions where you just drop in a bunch of copyright and release tags, but if you are dealing with a more consumer-like bucket of photos that are better managed with a mix of tags (emphasis on that), collections, and general metadata, it just plain sucks. I have not seen much of an improvement in the update ads for C1 since.

On top of that, there's P1's clear "no medium format support" line in that piece of software that, while not a technical issue for me, is still objectionable.

The feature page of Affinity does not show anything remotely relevant either.

I'd be interested in your comments if you'd actually tried the current version of the software out rather than commented based on reading an ad, and looking at a "feature page".

Not shooting medium format, I don't care what C1 does or doesn't support in that particular format.

Still on my hard drive, I've got Lightroom cataloging the same photos as C1 (referenced), and after working at length with both, I won't delete Lightroom from my hard drive just yet, but I know I'll never use it again.

That's fair, so I tried C1 11, and management has indeed been improved to the point of being working and useful. I'm still missing (or overseeing) some features I'd miss, like keyword synonyms (which I use, e.g., to automatically add German and English colloquial names to Latin bird names) or a way to mark keywords "private" and conveniently exclude them from exports.

I was also quite set back at how something simple like gradient masks work, for a demonstration draw one and try to move it. It feels a bit (or in case of the gradient fill a lot) like comparing PaintShop Pro to Photoshop where some tasks that I've become used to seem needlessly complex.

I see the charm, but it's still not a "replacement" for me. The next big hope is Luminar once they get their management features out the door. I'll also be having a look at Zoner Photo Studio in the next weeks for slightly different needs, maybe that's the secret miracle product.

Przemek Lodej's picture

More reason to say bye bye to Photoshop and make a jump to Affinity Photo and Exposure X3. No more Adobe for me.

Aaron Bratkovics's picture

I'll live lol.

$3 a month increase for the entire Creative Cloud offerings? It never ceases to amaze me why so many think hardware and software should be next to free. $36 more dollars annually? Given the capabilities of what Adobe supplies the increase is meaningless. The dollars are nothing for a business and as close to nothing as you're going to get for an individual.

Is the Cloud perfect? Of course not! But you do end up with incredible product in my opinion. I would gladly pay even more if they moved support back to the United States.

Brian Pernicone's picture

Moving to the subscription model was disruptive for sure, but I've grown to love it. My post-processing costs remain relatively constant from year-to-year, my software is always at the leading edge of the industry and my workflow between devices is relatively seamless.

Spending hundreds to purchase an app and sticking with it for five years (while new versions add new functionality) before purchasing the latest iteration seems almost quaint at this point.

Studio 403's picture

I have a limited budget, So I am looking hard at On1, capture!, etc. The bad? I have invested 10 years in learning photo shop. I still feel like a “dummy”. UGG Adobe, I love you and hate you in one breath Does anyone know a better software for composite projects? Adobe still seems to have the best “cut out” one.

First problem I see with articles similar to this is the word "subscription" in the title. Adobe has a SRM: Software Rental Model.

That was Adobe's marketing genius, to redefine the word "subscription." Do I expect too much for writers to be a bit more savvy, and call a spade a spade?

"Rental Price Increase for Adobe Creative Cloud Imminent" is a more accurate way to describe what will soon occur.

When I subscribe to a magazine, I still have a resource available to me when I cancel, if I deem the information contained within valuable enough to keep. You don't subscribe to a car, a hammer drill, diamond saw, appliances, or furniture. I submit that you don't "subscribe" to Adobe products either. You rent, just like those physical items folks have rented for years.

I'm thankful that every Pentax body I've owned since 2008 has the option to save in DNG format. That allows Photoshop CS6 & LR6, (combined with Raw Therapee for Pixel Shift motion correction) do all that I currently need.

Unless there is a major DNG specification change, I am good for future Pentax bodies, or bodies for other brands that save DNG. Adobe has yet to come out with that "killer app" that would entice me to even consider their Software Rental Model for Photoshop products.

Rakesh Malik's picture

I stopped using Adobe products a long time ago because I liked the other options better. There are a lot of options that are less expensive, faster, and more user friendly. And play better with other applications on top of that.