Photoshop and the 'Cloud'
In case you haven't heard, Adobe will be offering their products via
the cloud. The one product getting the most rif is Photoshop. Basically
how it works is, no more hard copies of the software. You download
Photoshop to your hard drive. You're then charged a monthly fee to use
it. At the time of this entry, about $20 a month.
First, this isn't cloud computing even though this is the term Adobe is
using. If it was cloud, the software would be on their servers, not on
our hard drives.
If anything, it's more like leasing their software. As long as you pay,
the software will work and will be updated. Don't pay and Photoshop is deactivated. In other
words, it's kind of like activating your software for the very first
time. It goes out to the internet and your software is activated. Same
thing here, except it's doing it every 30 days for a fee.
I'm on the fence on how I'm going to proceed. Right now I'm trying a 30
day free trial. For $20 a month it makes sense up until about 2 1/2 years,
which is roughly the cost of the software itself. But after that? Paying
$20 a month for an update here or there seems expensive.
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