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Jason Porthouse
Re: Adobes social media is crying foul.
on May 7, 2013 at 11:19:37 pm

[Aindreas Gallagher] "some of the stuff there makes here polite, this one has a ring to it:

"For someone starting out, it's a slamming deal, especially if you use all the tools. But maybe they don't understand just yet the ebb and flow of professional life. Money comes in, but sometimes it doesn't, and the bank wants the mortgage payment regardless. I could buy a Suite when times were flush, and coast for a while when times were a little lean and still work. With a rental model, an extended period of tight cash might mean I would have to make the choice between putting food on the table and working. Then, suddenly I'm without the tools of my livelihood. With a perpetual license, we all had the means of production, and could do with it as we pleased. With a rental license, you're working for the man. As far as I'm concerned, that's f**#ed up."


I'm both a freelance gun-for-hire and have a small boutique shop. My ageing FCP7 suite suits 99% of my work, can be a little slow now in renders and the like - but it owes me nothing. In fact, I probably paid for it very quickly - and for the last 5 years it's been making me money.

But there have been times when I've been hired for jobs without my kit - lots of small indies have their own now - and then I have a choice - pay Adobe each month, or have no kit at home I can go play with, or have a tinker on a freebie project (which can no longer be free - no more pro-bono work with the Cloud) or just do a quick revision for that client who you've known for years and it'll only take a minute and 'you'd not normally charge but you see...'

To me, regardless of the benefits it brings, the restriction of having to pay month on month, not being able to use MY tools to do MY work the way I choose - that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.



Before you criticise a man, walk a mile in his shoes.
Then when you do criticise him, you'll be a mile away. And have his shoes.

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