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Walter Soyka
Re: Cloud drawbacks as I see them.
on Apr 10, 2013 at 1:18:44 pm

[walter biscardi] "Most folks had the same experience as me. Trepidation at first, but fears allayed as systems were moved to the "cloud" concept of the apps. Both individuals and larger facilities."

Makes sense.

I do understand the concerns that some people have about not "owning" the software that they depend upon -- and I've also written about the maintenance licensing model which I generally prefer -- but on the other hand, I don't see software-as-a-service as the existential threat that some here do.

Speaking for myself, it's simply not realistic for us to skip an upgrade. The new features are generally really useful, and we need to maintain compatibility with others, both in terms of project files and workflow. As an example, I couldn't imagine using CS5 as my daily driver today.

Once you're committed to maintaining all the upgrades anyway, I think the cloud option doesn't look so bad. I've been using a Cloud license since last year, and the ability to easily bounce my license across multiple machines and platforms as I move about has been pretty nice.

I do still have a few perpetual licenses for Creative Suite. I'm waiting to see what my options are when Adobe announces availability and pricing, and I'll decide what to do with them then.

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