Some very important changes are coming to Adobe’s upgrade policy and may affect you if you own an any older version of their Creative Suite software.
- Prior to December 31, 2012 – You will be able to upgrade to CS6 from any qualifying version of Creative Suite software all the way back to version CS3. This is the standard three-version-back policy that Adobe’s had for many years and one we all got accustomed to. You will also be able to cross-upgrade, for example go from Photoshop CS4 to Design & Web Premium CS6 at the lower upgrade price. Since the launch of CS6, upgrades are only available at adobe.com (no longer carried by resellers). Photoshop Elements, Lightroom and Acrobat upgrades are still sold by authorized retailers.
- On and after January 1, 2013 – Adobe will be implementing a one-version-back upgrade policy. So to get the upgrade discount for CS6, only people who own CS5 or CS5.5 will be able to take advantage of the discount. Everyone else will need to pay the full price, buy at the student price (which still is priced up to 80% off the retail price) or subscribe to the Creative Cloud offering. There’s been much uproar in the policy change with many experts accusing Adobe Systems of squeezing cash out of those who skip versions. Others say it’s an attempt to switch more users over to the subscription model.
Why is Adobe changing their upgrade policy? They want users to slowly start transitioning from the traditional boxed products and go towards Creative Cloud. With Creative Cloud, you’ll get just about every product that Adobe sells, like Photoshop, Acrobat, Illustrator, Lightroom and others for as low as $29.99 per month.
Here is the official notice that was quietly posted on Adobe.com earlier this year: