Ready or not, compulsory Creative Cloud cometh

Photoshop CC adds the Camera Raw dialog as a filter you can apply after you've opened the file.

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It’s been a bumpy few weeks for Adobe since announcing its controversial decision to move all its “perpetual license” Creative Suite applications to a subscription-only plan — almost 32,000 people have signed a petition against the move and our own survey with Jeffries indicates that “Creative Suite users loathe Adobe’s subscriptions” — but as of Monday night it’s officially here.

If you’ve bought into or opt to buy into the plan, you’ll get a host of interesting application updates, settings sync via the cloud, and access to all of Adobe’s applications if you cough up enough dough. However, the decision to opt in goes beyond a simple cost/benefit analysis. This business model requires that you enter it with an exit plan and a reliable internet connection. Which applications can you buy to do what you need if price increases become onerous or freelance cash flow puts you under water? Which file types won’t transition well if you need to swi… [Read more]


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