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More About the Adobe Creative Cloud Only Decision

Another comment added to John Nack’s blog, which can be found here:

I have been reading these comments and thinking about this for a couple of days now. What makes “Creative Cloud only” an unacceptable option for me is becoming locked into a perpetual “Adobe tax”. If I stop paying the tax, I lose access to the work I have created using the Adobe tools (which is my “property”, not Adobe’s).

This is the BIG sticking point. I don’t mind paying a fair price for tools, but I don’t want a perpetual tax (subscription fee).

For now I have no alternative but to keep using the current non-CC versions of Adobe tools, for which I have always paid the upgrade fees and which are more than capable enough for my requirements.

But I need to start thinking about an exit strategy, not for today, but for when the existing tools become un-workable. I’ll be looking for opportunities to become less dependent rather than more dependent on Adobe tools. This is a change of attitude towards Adobe.

Maybe this development will kindle a serious “alternatives to the Adobe monopoly” movement?