Renting Photoshop?

That’s what Adobe appears to have done – built a system where you can essentially rent any of the Creative Suite software packages. I’m looking at the numbers here and I’m trying to figure out who this makes sense for. Perhaps in a small business you can find a way to bill those expenses to a client.

On a one-year plan, Design Premium will run you $95 a month. The purchase price is $1,899. (An upgrade is $399). So, if there’s an upgrade every 23 months, and you always want the latest version, it’s a wash. Upgrades come out sooner, you’re ahead. But that only works for one upgrade cycle, so maybe this doesn’t make sense for a long-term solution.

If you want to go month-by-month, then Design Premium will run you $139.

Okay, now my head hurts …

Mark E. Johnson

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