Making Software More Accessible, Adobe Releases Subscription Pricing Plans

Perhaps, big software companies are feeling the heat of open source software?  Anyhow, Adobe knows the good old days where software just have to be great are long gone.  Instead of sticking to the old pricing model where they force customers purchase one big sum upfront for a piece of software, Adobe is releasing subscription pricing model for its selective software.  It’s certain that they allow customers to subscribe to Creative Suite 5.5.  Customers no longer have to buy the whole software suite, but they can monthly subscribe to each particular sub-piece of software suite or the whole suite, depending on how much more they want to pay per month.  By subscribing to monthly plans, customers will get the most up to date version of Creative Suite as long their plans aren’t yet expired.  Unless I’m wrong, I think you can still pay one time payment of full prices for all Adobe software.

My opinion is that Adobe is heading in the right direction in making its products more accessible for everyone.  Nonetheless, I still think open source software are going to be the biggest threat to Adobe empire.  For an example, personally, I don’t use Adobe Photoshop to manipulate images, because I use Gimp.  Just that example has showed that open source software can be adequate for most users who want to save money and be productive at the same time.  Not only Adobe empire is threatening by open source software, but many other companies are probably facing the same problem.  Still, proprietary software can still be in demands when open source software aren’t capable or useful.  However, there are enough capable open source software out there such as Apache to keep profitable software companies on daily doses of aspirins.

Perhaps, making software accessible in a form of subscription will also be viable for other software company.  Others will look at Adobe for examples.  If Adobe fails to make profits with subscription pricing model, other software companies may not adopt this new model.  Nonetheless, I think it’s very possible that many software companies are going to release their own subscription pricing models soon.  My question to you is, do you prefer to stick with open source software or subscribe to monthly payments for software?  Do you like to pay monthly subscription for software or purchase them at full prices?

Source:  http://www.macworld.com/article/159138/2011/04/cs55sub.html

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