Perpetual fallback Licsence
Adobe could do this:
I have kicked that idea around too (even submitting it as a feature request to Adobe), but either Tim or Oliver, I think it was Tim because the reply was really long (ha!), shot me down because of SOX (which only applies to publicly traded companies). Basically, from what I remember, it could be seen as selling a product but trying to mask it as a subscription. Hazy on the details but I'll try and dig up the post.
As far as I remember, it´s different when a company is traded at stock markets…
Tims Post (above) might have been this: https://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/378/10827
[Rainer Schubert] "As far as I remember, it´s different when a company is traded at stock markets…"
Those look familiar Rainer. Did you have the posts saved some place or are you that quick with the search feature? ;)
It terrifies me that any of you can find my old posts. LOL
I'll try to summarize:
-- At JetBrains, you're functionally subscribing and buying at the same time. Subscribe for 12 months, and it's yours. Pay 12 more months, and you get the next version.
For a private company, that's cool.
-- The problem for a public company is that, functionally, either the subscription or the purchase is at something less than 100% of the ACTUAL value. SOX say no can do.
For Creative Cloud and the Creative Suite, the value has been established. To give YOU a perpetual license, Adobe would have to have accrued the $2600 for the perpetual CS to THEM, but they could only do that if they'd have tacked on that price to the subscription.
Call it layaway.
So at $49/mo for the CC subscription -- value established: pay $49, get everything -- how much more would you be willing to pay to ALSO BUY a CS license?
If you were willing to DOUBLE your monthly fee, ANOTHER $49/month you could pay for CS in four years and four months, not 12 months. If you want to pay for CS in a year, then, you'd have to quadruple that to $200-ish ON TOP of your $49 for the suite.
AND Adobe would have to declare your exit ramp as a risk to investors. "We have xx million subscribers, yy million of which are also paying installments toward a perpetual license -- and they may stop at any time. For those yy million, the risk is that we'll never get another dime from them."
So Adobe would essentially have to declare to investors, "We're giving our customers the option of undermining our core business model."
Likewise, if Adobe gave a courtesy discount of, say, $100 to thank you for your years of layway, they would have to declare THAT risk for EVERY customer. Let's say it's 10 million subscribers times $100. That's a BILLION dollars that Adobe would have to write off, AND after writing down that billion dollars, they'd be potentially saying goodbye to subscription dollars from ALL of those people.
Not that they WOULD. There really are advantages that would keep people subscribing...but they would have to DECLARE this possibility as a risk.
No no no no noooooo.
----- Do note that this has ALWAYS applied to discounts in the SOX age. That's why rebates were traditionally offered through dealers. They can write down the discounts more easily because they're mostly privately held. They're just holding back some profit for a quarter out of their margin.
Anyway, this is a big deal because Wall St has obviously been attracted to Adobe's subscription-only model on a scale that Adobe would never have dared hope for (my wildly uneducated guess), and they'd subtract potentially billions of dollars from not just their own corporate valuation, but from Silicon Valley as a whole.
We talk about fat cat institutional investors, and we should, because they're largely evil LOL (not kidding though) -- but that money does repeat throughout the valley to a lot of basic stuff, like groceries, schools, and houses.
So this is a price that, IN PRACTICE, nobody on the corporate side would want to pay, even if IN THEORY, they could.
But really, do you want to double or quintuple what you're paying? Price increase concerns notwithstanding, Adobe would also be essentially undermining the value of anyone become a new customer. Too much of a headache for normal people to contemplate.
"F**k it, man, I'll use anything else ya got."
Wow, that's pretty dang brief for me. But that's what it comes down to. Somebody has to pay for EVERYTHING.
And in practice, you're not about to pay that much to both subscribe and buy, and Adobe isn't about to wave goodbye to that revenue OR that stock value.
[Tim Wilson] "Wow, that's pretty dang brief for me. "
Thanks, Tim. Funny enough I was thinking the same thing. :)
I too like that idea but, as Uncle Tim points out, not going to be feasible.
I do like the plan Genarts has for their Sapphire product line. Permanent license, three month or annual subscription. Going to give the three month plan a go and decide from there. Adobe could offer something similar but my gut feeing tells me Tim will say otherwise. What do I know? LOL
[David Mathis] "Permanent license, three month or annual subscription. Going to give the three month plan a go and decide from there."
I don't see any problems with this plan for Adobe or any other public company who offers both purchase and subscription options.
Ya just gotta keep the revenue streams separate for a public company, which is what it looks like Genarts is doing. Or as the Ghostbusters would say, crossing the streams will blow stuff up and leave you coated in marshmallow goo.
Note that this is what Avid does. Subscribe til you're ready to stop, but when you do, there's no upgrade option. Either subscribe again, or buy a new box at full boat.
BTW, well done on Sapphire. Even at the relatively high price, a remarkable value for what it can do, and how beautifully.
However, as a former employee it remains my sworn duty to suggest that you might also consider the offerings from Boris FX. Versions for every major host, including Resolve and Scratch, including OFX options. :-)
But I do have a lot of love for Sapphire. When I was in the Avid world, most people bought both. I would imagine that the combination of Sapphire subscription and Boris selling smaller sets plug-ins in packages that this is truer than ever for artists working with any number of hosts.
I also used to have a small website called Plug-in Central, where my feeling was (and is) the more the merrier. LOL
I have looked at Boris FX in the past, might add that soon. Also gave Red Giant Universe a try, still fairly new but being able to vote on new offerings to it is very neat. They offer a lifetime or rental only membership. Going to add that back in soon. My reason for going Sapphire is not just the quantity but also the quality. Boris and Red Giant are solid as well. Might choose the Boris transitions. One can never have too many transitions, even the cheesy variety.
At some point I might fold and give After Effects a try. Too bad the effects builder does not work in Resolve, perhaps at a later day but still worth the money.
I think once Resolve develops further it might be my only NLE of choice. Kind of feels like Smoke Lite with a more gentle learning curve and no need to take out a second mortgage. LOL
[Tim Wilson] "I also used to have a small website called Plug-in Central, where my feeling was (and is) the more the merrier. LOL"
Wait, Plug-in Central was your thing? I used to use that site all the time!
[David Lawrence] "Wait, Plug-in Central was your thing? I used to use that site all the time!"
You and my mom. LOL Not much traffic there, I'm afraid, but I sure had fun. I committed myself to doing a tutorial a day, and found a TON of things I'd never explored. Ask me anything. LOL
But no kidding, unbelievably awesome to hear. Thanks!
[Tim Wilson] "You and my mom. LOL Not much traffic there, I'm afraid, but I sure had fun. I committed myself to doing a tutorial a day, and found a TON of things I'd never explored. Ask me anything. LOL
But no kidding, unbelievably awesome to hear. Thanks!"
You're welcome, but really I should be thanking you for all the stuff I learned on that site! I must have a ton of bookmarks I haven't checked in years.
I mean plug-ins are such a huge part of a system. One of the reasons so many of us are leery of rental software is because what happens to your plug-in investment if your rented host application goes poof? But I digress.
Since you're the resident plug-in guru I never knew was here, I'll be sure to point my future plug-in questions your way. But right now I gotta ask (and since you're formerly with Boris I'm sure you'll know) WTF was up with Boris FX performance and Macs? I have to admit, I haven't used Boris since FCP Legacy days. I used the free stuff included with Studio, and I loved what it could do, but the UI and performance was just so painful. What was the deal with that? Has it gotten any better? I've avoided Boris because of my past experience (loved the results, hated the UI) but maybe I'm missing out. Has it gotten any better?