Can a single person use Creative Cloud apps on different computers?
That's awesome. I've already pre-ordered the Production Premium upgrade to CS6 for myself, but my girlfriend needs a license for the design and web tools to run on her desktop and laptop. It makes sense to go with the $30/month for what she needs.
I have been on the monthly subscription plan for Production Premium since last fall. Love it and have had 0 issues. Those of you concerned about losing access if you having a billing issue (e.g. credit card change or whatever) need not worry. One unsuccessful billing attempt does not mean instant deactivation and blocked access. Adobe gives you time to straighten billing issues out.
"Software as a service" is the future. One I totally embrace.
Offering the creative cloud for $30/mo this year is a clever way to leverage a $1200. software package so that it can compete with Apple's new pricing in addition to getting a new service off of the ground.
Sorry for the late reply. I'm not really sure how useful a comparison would be, given that I'm running a 24 core W7 machine with a Red Rocket and two fast RAIDs (working and receiving RAID 1+0), and I never send out to AE. However, I did edit and render a 100 second piece today in Premiere CS6. Shot in 3K 48fps and rendered out to 2.35:1 HD 1920x816 24fps, using (on the nested complete video sequence) Neat Video, Sharpen, 3 way color corrector, luma curve, MB Looks, and Fast Color Corrector, with LOTS of speed ramps and a few subtitles and fancy ProDad or NewBlue dissolves on the titles. To render it out at 14Mbps H.264 took 26 minutes.
For me, the workflow improvements have made a big difference to cutting times, especially hover view and single click bin functions.
And in answer to the rest of the thread, I'll probably go cloud. I always upgrade on day one, and cloud also includes Lightroom, so it makes good sense for me economically.
Not being tied to a license contract that required me to continue paying for it enabled me to retain control of our operating budget and choose to allocate resources as I saw fit. It allowed my business to remain nimble. Instead of investing in software and computers every year we were able to invest in camera gear and other things in the years since CS3 was released.
Consider this possible scenario. CS7 is released in 2013 and you have access to it. Yay! But it requires new Mac Pro hardware to run it. Your revenues were lean in 2012 and you can't afford a new Mac Pro, or perhaps you want to upgrade to Dragon and can't afford Dragon, a new Mac and a new CS license. Your option is to continue using CS6 via subscription or buy a box version... But you can't afford the box either. Maybe things stay the same in 2013-14 for you. Now you have paid the full value of the new version of the boxed software that you could not afford to buy last year but you have to continue paying to use the 2012 version... And it is now 2014-15. You could easily find yourself upside down in your lease. (It is essentially a lease.) You can't afford to keep it, and you can't afford to get out of it.
Last edited by Scott Crawley; 05-01-2012 at 10:40 AM.
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