Stand Up Against Adobe - Say No to Monthly Subscriptions!

Adobe has worked very hard over the years to not only produce really great design software, but to create a de facto monopoly. Just about anybody in the design industry is tethered to some version of Creative Suite, and we've all shelled out thousands of dollars over the years to stay as current as we can afford.

But, Adobe's recent decision to do away with flat-fee, one-time purchase software licenses is an affront to freelancers and small businesses everywhere. Adobe is instead converting all its software to subscription plans via Creative Cloud, charging anywhere from $9.99 for the use of ONE app per month, upwards of $49.99 for a single user PER MONTH.

Adobe says that this transition to mandatory use of Creative Cloud is so that users can always stay current on their software. How many design professionals are still using older versions of Creative Suite? No doubt a high number, because let's face it, they haven't changed that much from release to release, at least not that most of us need, especially if we can't spare the extra $1,000+ for the upgrade!

Small businesses are the backbone of economies around the world, and freelancers are what keep marketing and art departments running efficiently. How can we continue to run our businesses if we're forced to shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a year to continue to use software that is integral to our businesses?

We are seeking to encourage Adobe to either: 1. reinstate their former licensing platform so that users may purchase individual software licenses through a flat-fee, one-time purchase; or 2. lower the monthly price of Creative Cloud so that small businesses and freelancers can afford it.

Sponsor

Amanda L. Sage Owner of Gong Gong Communications Columbus, Ohio USA

Links

Learn more on our website Boycott Creative Cloud.

Discussion

  • HD Design I will not buy CC, and when it comes time to force the change, I will look for ANY competitor.
    Also sign here: http://www.change.org/petitions/adobe-systems-incorporated-eliminate-the-mandatory-creative-cloud-subscription-model

  • Andrew Dorman It's discouraging that more haven't signed.

  • Mark Hair Monopolistic pricing! 2.5X what I was previously paying, best case, assuming immediate upgrade every 18 months of CS

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    Fernanda Litt

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    HD Design

    4 months ago How are you employed?: Freelancer
    If you're in the creative or tech fields, in what disciplines to do you work?: Branding, Graphic designer, Illustrator, Other, Photographer, Video
    Comments: I will not buy CC, and when it comes time to force the change, I will look for ANY competitor. Also sign here: http://www.change.org/petitions/adobe-systems-incorporated-eliminate-the-mandatory-creative-cloud-subscription-model
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    Andrew Dorman

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