I have heard a lot of anger and outrage from people across the net but almost entirely from non-pros.
I understand the annoyance at change and the uncertainty of the new model but as a pro myself this is a very trivial issue. I pay way more for other subscriptions that do not make me any money at all.
If, for a reasonable sum of less than $100 a month I can make my solid, upper-middle-class living at photography I am not going to start complaining. I annually pay the state of California $800 for the privilege of having a corporation in this state. I pay my landlord $1500 a month for a studio that allows me to make many times that sum by not having to meet clients at Starbucks and shoot in the park. I pay for an internet connection fee that allows me to send and receive thousands of image files per month (thus saving my clients time, money and sales tax). And I pay ~$250 a month for several cell phones for my staff and myself that enable us to make more money than being limited to land lines and voicemail.
For me it is not an issue. I already lease SW from two other providers and have NEVER had an issues of connectivity or usability. In addition, updates and bug fixes arrive as they are developed and not at some special time when I then have to pay a lump sum for a number of bug fixes that I should have gotten much earlier.
But the storm of criticism of Adobe aside, the real test of whether they did the right thing for themselves and the shareholders is what happens to their earnings.
The fact is that whenever Adobe has introduced an upgrade a storm of protest erupts about the arrogance/greed of Adobe in asking $200 for the upgrade. This is always followed by a stream of indignant proclamations of imminent departure from all things Adobe and the switching to (insert feeble [email protected]
name here) and grave pronouncements of Adobe's demise.
But it never really happens.
Everybody moans about ethics and morality and the obligations of Adobe to its user base. I find it a little ironic that this same (self serving) metric is not applied to the other businesses in our country that are far more rapacious and indifferent to their workers and customers than Adobe has ever been. And this self righteous posturing is for a policy that affects their HOBBY?
When I hear about the steps all of you are taking to improve the lot of citizens and workers in this country and the world (I see you in your Bangladeshi shirt from Kohl's) then I might have a bit more sympathy for your hurt feelings.