Originally Posted by subyman
People like you probably don't make a living using Adobe products. 50 dollars a month to use your primary creative software that your business hinges on is the bargain of the century. For those that use Adobe products as the backbone of their job, the price is negligible with subs or without subs. The price has never mattered.
For people dabbling, the lower barrier to entry is great.
That is not really true.
Take a photographer who needs photoshop for his daily work.
Before, he could either buy photoshop for 400$ and use it forever pretty much, same version he knows over 5 years, 8 years. If he doesn't need any special new features (some photographers still use photoshop CS4).
So that is it. 400$. Nothing more, nothing less. No more payments, no need to go online, no need to do anything. Doesn't worry about TOS.
Now, he has to pay 20$ per month, every month, forever, or he can no longer use the program.
He can work for 10 years, pay 20$ a month, and after he stops, if he wants to change a photo he made 3 years ago, he can't. No software, can't use his files because there is no software he can use.
That is the main issue. Even if you pay 20$ or even 50$ a month, you will have to pay, forever.
If you plan to use it for one year, sure. 20$ is a barging.
But for 10 years? Or after that as an individual without a business? You are locked. Pay or lose. No middle ground.