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Stephen Best

Let's be clear here. Creative Cloud is $50/month (more outside of the US). The $30 you quote is an introductory offer. If you later decide that you don't get $600 a year value out of the subscription you're back to the software versions you were using BEFORE you joined up. While I'm sure there are plenty who do push the software hard and need the latest features I suggest most people don't. Most of the interest in this seems to come from people who don't have the full suite (or sub-suites) and the allure of having it all (even if only temporarily) is too much to resist. I'm sure you know your own needs but I'd be careful of pushing this.

Brooks Jensen

Of course, everyone will make their own analysis and decisions with their own pocketbooks. For us, it makes a lot of sense. If I were using only Photoshop, I'm not really sure I'd need anything beyond about CS4. Each to his own. I only mention my experience here so folks can see why it is that we think it makes sense for us. If our experience applies, well and good. If not, so be it.

You are right, of course, that it really depends on what programs one actually uses. I regularly — if not daily — use InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Acrobat Pro, Premiere Pro, Lightroom, and Audition. The upgrades on all these push me into the "Master Suite" category and there is no question that the Creative Cloud is a better deal.

On the other hand, I don't ever remember using Fireworks. I don't know anyone who does. Oh, well. Caveat emptor.

Braden Walters

Well I for one couldn't agree more, Brooks. I do web design work on the side of my day job, using Dreamweaver, and I figure as long it continues to pay me more per month than I've been paying for Creative Cloud, I'm getting everything else for free. A no-brainer ...


Sixty bucks/mo in the USA and $82 in Europe: those stamps have become really expensive...

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