Can you at least understand our concern ? Or is your credibility gone with Adobe's ?
I understand people are pissed off with this change...I understand that people don't like to feel strong-armed into something they don't understand (and there has been plenty of FUD to confuse out there).
I understand that Adobe has made a decision that is unpopular with a very vocal group (but a small % of the installed user-base) and I also understand Adobe felt it was in their best interest do make this change (and in general, I tend to agree–not 100% mind you, but overall I agree).
I also think that over time, this will blow over when people actually try CC and find benefit. I think if Adobe DOES actually make the sort of timely upgrades for features on a regular basis, CC users will see benefit.
Will some people allow their anger to drive them to other solutions? You bet...and personally, I would love to see more competition in the industry. If Adobe's CC decision gives some small developer hope that their products might find a group of users that allow them to move forward, I think that's good for the industry. Competition breeds excellence.
Am I sad that some talented but poor individuals will get squeezed out of digital imaging because of this? Yep...all I can do is try to have empathy. That's the one thing about this that makes me cringe.
Does it bother me some people who have bought Photoshop and have no friggin' talent and like to use a "pro app" when they would be better served using Photoshop Elements starts bitching and whining and threatens to quit Photoshop and use GIMP to teach Adobe a lesson? Nope, doesn't bother me in the least...I've always thought that buying a Photoshop license should come with a test to be sure that Photoshop will be used in a worthy manner. If a bunch of wannabes jump from Photoshop to GIMP, it won't bother me in the least because then I won't have to deal with them pissing&moaning about how their hardware/software/camera/wife isn't meeting their expectations...
In the grand scheme of things, is Adobe's CC initiative the most important issue in your life? Does war, peace and hunger fit somewhere towards the top of your "this matters" list?
Get a hold of yourselves...this ain't the end of the world...a meteor is not on a direct path to crash on Earth (as far as I know), nobody has assassinated the President, North Korea has not launched missiles to hit Austin, TX.
Jeeesh, get a grip on yourselves...chill out, take a pill, read a book, have a life. If what Adobe does or doesn't do is ruining your life, how good was your life to begin with? Seriously, get over yourselves. It ain't like Adobe has been discovered to be involved with human trafficking or pedifilia...all they are trying to do is exploit the results of their efforts–their art (and make some money for their shareholders).
And yes, I am happy to admit, I own some Adobe stock...300 shares, it's about 5% of my portfolio (it's not like I think Adobe stock is a growth stock, not with the maturation of their market–although maybe CC might signal a positive change in that regard :~)
As far as my credibility is concerned...I guess you just don't understand. I seriously couldn't care less what my credibility may or may not be. I just don't care what people think. Sorry, maybe that's a character flaw (not in my mind :~), but guess what, I don't care...it means nothing to me...zilch, zero, nada, nothing. Get it?