If you can’t afford to buy Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, you should be glad to know that Adobe is now offering a subscription or rental plan for all of their Creative Suite products. Adobe plans to implement two subscription plans, annual and monthly for those who just want to rent their softwares. Customers who can’t afford to pay $2,599 for Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection can sign up to rent it for only $129 a month under the annual plan!
I’m a graphic artist in my day job. I cannot afford to pay $699 for the cheapest version of Adobe Photoshop CS4. In fact, even in my office, Laoag Photo Center, we are still using the ancient Adobe Photoshop 7 which my boss bought in 2003 for 30,000 pesos (around US$600 at that time). My boss is even reluctant to pay for an upgrade since he wisely said I must make do with what is already available. Hopefully with this new subscription plan, I will finally be able to make use of the latest Photoshop and Premiere versions!
Yes, Adobe’s rental plans allow individual subscription to the bundled suite or to single specific softwares depending on what you need. All you need is a credit card and you can then enroll in their subscription plans.
As you might surmise, it is cheaper to sign up for the annual plan and pick the bundled Creative Suite versions. But if you are really on a tight budget or you don’t plan to use these products on a long-term daily basis, you can just rent the ones you need under a month-to-month basis. It pleases me to see that Adobe has finally realized that because of their high costs, Adobe softwares are one of the most pirated softwares in the planet, making it totally free to hackers.
Granted, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash and others have all become industry standard because they really are the best production softwares for professionals, they are still very expensive to own. Hopefully, with this subscription plan implemented, more people will consider paying for Adobe products instead of stealing them via torrent downloads.
Me, I have decided to rent Flash Professional. I will sign up for a one-year plan because I plan to learn this multimedia and animation program to create mobile games for the Android platform. I used to play around with it back in 2002 and hopefully I can learn how to make fancy mobile games to sell on the Google Android Market. Maybe I will get rich selling cool Flash-based games to Android geeks who own a Sprint Google Nexus S 4G or a T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Android Phone.