Trying Not to Buy Adobe’s Creative Cloud

The Adobe Creative Cloud has been out since 2012. I’m still holding out.

CS3… are you serious?

Yes. I am seriously still sporting my very old copy of CS3. At this point I only use Photoshop CS3, but once in a while I will whip out Illustrator CS3 if a logo or special file needs to be tweaked. Even then, I try to avoid it.

Thanks to the web improving leaps and bounds, I really only use Photoshop for very basic things these days. Web design is becoming more of a coding exercise every day. What with HTML5 and CSS3 and all the effort browser makers have made into leveling the playing mine field of the days of Web 2.0, I simply don’t need Photoshop for anything but editing photos.

That’s great, because CS3 does exactly that. Since then, CS4, CS5, CS6, and CC have added an incredible number of features to Photoshop, but I haven’t really needed them.

Why change now?

So why this post? Well, I’m trying to decide if an upgrade is in order.

I just recently upgraded my PC and have a fresh install of everything on it. When it came time to install CS3, I got stuck. Should I pay the money to get Photoshop CC or the entire collection of apps? Or should I stick with my very old and pretty unremarkable FREE programs?

Same boat?

Are you like me or did you upgrade a long time ago? Does $49.99 / month not phase you at all? That’s a lot of money after a few years. Maybe you’re doing so well in business, you just don’t care. Congrats.

For me, it’s just a hard pill to swallow. Whether I have the money or not doesn’t even matter in my decision. It’s a big expense that’s not necessarily a requirement.

What do you think I should do? Let me know.

  • Ben

    Been using CS6 with no plans of upgrading. If it works, why change it?

    I’ll keep using it until it’s actually necessary to upgrade. I can’t see it being necessary any time soon.

  • I’ve made a switch and don’t regret it.
    I have also CS3 (Photoshop only) but one of my fellow graphic designers has CC. In the beginning there was no problem at all with our (remote) cooperation (she does graphic design, I’ve done the coding) but after every CC update more and more problems started to occur (differences in displaying psd files) so I decided to switch.
    I’ve took the full CC plan (all products) and it’s awesome – I’ve started to learn also how to deal with vector graphics in Illustrator and some animations in After Effects.

    But in the end, I think it all depends what are You doing with Adobe Programs and how often (per month). If I had the full Adobe package before CC and if I would work just by myself (so no 3rd party psd’s etc.) I would stay with CS3. It’s still great piece of software.