Upload & Sell: On
I reached back to open an older file - circa 2000. Ai came up and insisted that it couldn't run without installing Java OS X 2013-003. I have an abiding distrust for Java but allowed the process to continue. Everything stopped while Adobe went somewhere, downloaded a file it deemed OK, and installed it without even asking for permission. Time spent about 5 minutes on my fairly lame ADSL. Ai growled and sputtered for a bit then opened. No file. It wouldn't open the older file.
Now add to the fact that all of my CS 6 applications (fully paid for latest versions) habitually and periodically insist that my "30 day demo period is over" and I must purchase a key. I enter the key yet again and get, I guess another 30 days.
A while back, I spent probably 5 hours over 3 days trying to work with a gentleman in India whose version of English is significantly different than mine trying to solve this problem. He first went to great lengths to ensure that I actually had purchased a license, then fumbled, suggested various things, had to consult with "more expert experts" and finally insisted that I had to fundamentally widen permissions to my entire hard drive so that this phenomena would stop. In other words compromise fundamental security to allow Adobe to function. I tried it for awhile. It didn't work.
So this is our future: (1) Adobe will interrupt our work insisting that it must install some vital/new/improved thing. I know that we are being told we don't have to accept upgrades, but a careful reading of the end user agreement shows that Adobe is in complete control and can insist (on pain of your use being terminated) that they can "make any modifications they deem necessary without notifying the user." (2) After having wasted the time on this "improvement process" old documents still won't open. (3) I can't even begin to enumerate the possible iterations to this scenario, none of which seem favorable to my work.
"Houston, we have a problem."