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...But how many of us have "free online emails"? Again.. same thing... We're all in deeper than we think. On my iPhone 3g, I can no longer update ANYTHING because apple doesn't support it anymore. As such, I lost most of my apps. I can still phone and send text messages, but not much else. This is the real danger... it essentially forces you to keep purchasing hardware, as well as, sotware. Even IF you are happy with how slow your hardware is and how outdated your software is...
As long as you NEVER buy another new camera. Unless Adobe agrees to supply new Camera Raw definitions to new cameras for at least CS6, the current cameras will be it.I guess it is lucky that I now shoot Nikon so I have the great D800 and D800E. Maybe now IS a good time to stop buying new cameras since Photoshop won't be there to support new cameras.
I worked by IBM for 25 years, the cloud was called mainframe at that time, your PC will become just a terminal, you don't know where your files are and you only can do what they put on that mainframe. Nobody has a good workflow for this environment and you will be very limited.This is turning the clock 40 years back.
Regarding the whole "cloud" thing, I am not sure what the alternative would be. Should they have called it "monthly fees instead of one-time payments" verion? Putting the whole "cloud" terminology on it is a good marketing thing, and I know it works on some of my friends and colleagues.
"If you figure they update their software every 2 years and divide that into a monthly cost of ownership -CS = $1,700/24=$70/mth / PS = $600/24 = $25/mth"Updates are $199 TTJ, not $600...
CS6 and also PS are not targeting hobbyist users. Just saying. For them the learning curve is really steep. Even professionals will never benefit of all the features and some of them are very unique.
Professional photographers are not the primary professional users of PS. Graphic designers, illustrators, and others in the graphic arts, need to be able to interchange files, and work collaboratively. If you are two major revs behind, you are out of business. These professionals probably outnumber professional photographers 10 to 1 in terms of PS usage. If you switch the discussion to CS, it's probably closer to 100 to 1.
Professional photographers are not the primary professional users of PS.
David Hobby of Strobist.com recently Tweeted (not that I follow Twitter) that he still uses CS3. Then again, most of his work is pure and clean straight out of camera type stuff.