Upload & Sell: On
Well, there are "legitimate expenses" ... and there are practical expenses.
Like 15bit references ... the CC licensing model has much more impact for small business owners than one might think. It has little to do with perceived short term "affordability" ... sure a nominal monthly fee may seem inconsequential on the surface ... but this move by Adobe does much more ... they want us to accept that what they are now offering is a "service" when it is clearly not a service in the truest sense ... while there are indeed some cloud services involved ... the apps, which...Show more →
Well Dhphoto I think you chose your avatar well (some sort of grumpy something in the shade) as you keep popping up in every thread with negative, snide, irrelevant comments not only directed at myself but at others who are actually trying to solve or at least discuss a problem. As both 15 bit and ButchM have explained - quite well I might add - being forced to "rent" one's tools at a price to be determined later with your rent providing utterly no equity in return is NOT a viable business practice. Check into a Biz 101 course if you doubt this fact. Also perhaps you have a market that will accept continually increasing prices for your work. (Or perhaps you aren't in business at all.) I can say with absolute certainty that the market I work in is price paniced to the point that they do senior pictures with cell phones and weddings with P&S. I suppose if I were a better photographer I could jet off to some place where the trendy and rich live, do a shoot, charge whatever, and come home with a fat profit in my pocket.
On the other hand I, and probably a lot of people in this forum, do good work and are embedded in communities that are experiencing various levels of economic distress. Mine has certainly been hammered hard.
If there is anyone in this discussion that believes the price of PS will remain at $19.95 after the first year or (let's give Adobe the benefit of the doubt) after the second year, I'd love to hear your reasoning for such belief. In the past I could budget towards upgrades and when they became compelling and I had the capital I'd pay the freight. Now we pay just to use what we once owned and please don't give me that tired tripe that we only had software licenses. There isn't a court in this land that would force a legitimate purchaser (who wasn't illegally selling their product) to give up his/her software simply because the vendor decided to "revoke" the license. It wouldn't happen in any country who's legal system evolved from the English - Anglo/Saxon traditions.
Now we own nothing except the right to keep paying. Adobe has made it crystal clear that the CC version of LR will diverge from the boxed edition and everyone knows the newer, better stuff will be in the CC version long before it shows up elsewhere assuming it ever does.
No, I can't infinitely raise prices to my customers simply to cover the fact that the maker of one of my key tools keeps raising the price for the privilege to use it for the next 30 days (or a year if I pay up front). Maybe your market can. If so, you're a very lucky guy and don't really need business sense or planning. Just buy whatever you want and charge the customer.
I'm ranting so I'll stop. Those who do the shoulder shrug, "It's just the cost of doing business" are either living off the fat of the photographic land or smoking far better stuff than is around here. Every day it gets harder to be a professional because every kid with a cell phone thinks he/she can take just as good of a picture as an experienced pro with thousands of dollars invested in gear to make it happen. I'm not complaining about their belief because there's nothing I can do to change their mind unless that actually see what I produce.
For Adobe whose very existence was built up on the back of photographer's sweat to pull this sort of stunt should be cause for everyone to examine just what sort of relationship they wish to have with a company that acts this way. Perhaps I'll keep on "renting" PS. It's hard to imagine transitioning to another product, not really because of cost but because of the literally 1,000s of hours invested in learning and adapting the product to my needs. I still don't know which road I'll take other than to note that my lesser used programs Id and Ai won't be joining any cloud. $600 a year to use one program 90% of the time and the other two on occasion? I suspect that Adobe will get a steadier revenue stream. I'll be very interested to see if it grows much.