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Like many, I cannot admit the idea of renting software I have always bought (i.e., owned my own copy of).
I feel it is important to retain only valid arguments. The issue is not that much about having to connect once a month to activate (I suspect few people cannot do it).
- It is about making people rent what they used to own, and giving them no choice. It is about the fact that after 10 years on such a plan, we still have nothing, and even if we give up photography, stop taking pictures but still want to access the files we have started working on, we have to keep renting.
- It is also about the even greater power it gives to the software supplier, who can increase price at will later on, users will still have to either follow, or lose the working environment that was just rented to them (regardless of the quality of the product at that time).
- It is also about competition in the future: if you pay the rent for 5 years, have all your work done in Adobe environment (including some proprietary files, like .psd, or the LR catalog if LR also becomes cloud), and a great competitor comes up, how do you switch ? you will most likely have to keep paying Adobe for months or years until your switch is complete, and until you can shift your proprietary files to the new format (if ever).
I am no law expert, but I wish there could be a Class Action Suit for this.
Also, I wish Open Source Free software becomes more mainstream for imaging. FWIW, Gimp is already perfect for image editing, but nothing comes close to LR for Raw processing/management, and also for printing in a color managed workflow.
Peter Figen wrote:
I would think that for the casual user it's a lot easier to say that you're going to stop here and now and tell Adobe to shove off, but for those professionals among us, it's going to be a lot more difficult. No matter how much I hate the subscription service, I will have no choice, as I have to stay current for the type of work that I do. I simply can't tell a client that I refused to upgrade to the latest software because I don't agree with Adobe's policy - even when I strongly disagree.
It might just be that Adobe decided to (1) drop casual users; (2) force professional users to rent their software forever. That may give them just as much income, and give them the guarantee that this income will become a monthly flow regardless of innovation.